Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in a recent interview that Americans would likely prefer “Someone like myself” as President in the 2016 election.
Appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier, Paul said that, despite being a member of Congress since the 2010 midterm elections, he is enough of a Washington “outsider” to win the hearts of voters fed up with government’s failures.
“I think they want someone outside of, you know, what’s been going on. So, for example, someone like myself who has been promoting term limits,” Paul said. “Someone who says we shouldn’t have, you know, decade after decade longevity up here. And I think I’m, enough, new here to still be perceived as an outsider. Should that be the choice at some time in 2016.”
Paul also took a swipe at Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bona fides as a political outsider, contending that having a “real job” before politics was important.
“I don’t know that a Governor is necessarily an outsider. A Governor can be an insider as much as anybody else,” he said.
He also suggested that Christie could only be considered a “conservative” by using a loose definition of the word.
“If you look at a lot of issues like on whether or not we should accept Obamacare, bring it to our State, expand Medicaid: those would be, I think at best, moderate positions,” he said. “But I think we have room for moderates in our party.”