Rand Paul Takes on the Machine

rndplOn Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced he was officially entering the Republican primary race for president. He is the second candidate to announce after Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. His speech was full of Reaganesque declarations, practically declaring a war on Washington, D.C. “We have come to take our country back,” he said. “The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped.”

Sharing many of the libertarian views of his father Ron Paul, in a softer form, Paul represents for many the libertarian wing of the GOP. While some of his libertarianish views, particularly on foreign policy and social issues, may be at odds with many Republicans, some of his other positions, especially on economics, appear to resonate well with the base, as does his reputation for being willing and able to swim against the tide of expanding government.

His stand against the National Security Agency’s spying on Americans has particularly endeared him to small government conservatives. During his announcement speech, he declared, “As president, on Day 1, I will immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance.”

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