Is Rand Paul the next Chris Christie?

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 25, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Rand Paul is not a viable candidate. His views on civil rights are so retrograde that every minority voter in the nation would turn out to crush him, and rightly so. He is a coffin nail for the Republican party. I could easily vote for Christie, however, and many other independents would do the same.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    SEY makes a very interesting and salient point. As presidential candidates take office, they inevitably temper their "base" ideology in having to be pragmatic in leading the nation.

    Obama has been a big disappointment to true liberals, as he adopted a healthcare reform advocated by conservative think tanks and implemented by a Republican governor, not to mention took too much time getting our of Iraq, etc.

    Reagan ran up huge deficits, and raised the debt ceiling and taxes far too many times for true conservatives to really support.

    Presidential politics is an absolutely brutal business to be in, and Rand Paul would / will face a blistering critique of everything he's said or voted on. Some of the stuff he's said are going to be very, very hard to defend in any kind of general election, such as his response to a number of coal miner deaths (in wanting to avoid regulation at just about all costs): "people just need to know that sometimes accidents happen".

    That response will play well to libertarian purists, but would be like Mitt Romney's 47% comment in a general election.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    I hope Paul makes up his mind about the '64 Civil Rights Act before the next election.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    I was hopeful for his dad.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 24, 2014 11:48 p.m.

    You know the funny thing is, from the Quinnipiac poll cited in the opinion piece here..... what got completely skipped is that while Rand Paul may be surging..... if the election were held today.... Christy is still the better candidate against Hillary. The poll states...

    "Christie still runs better against Clinton than other leading Republicans. Clinton tops possible GOP contenders:
    49 - 39 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
    50 - 35 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
    49 - 38 percent over former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida;"

    so to net it out..... Christy is still the best chance the Republicans have of winning the White House. Election held today, all the other conservatives would loose in a landslide.

    Personally, I am intrigued by Rand in that he seems to have demonstrated the ability to be pragmatic when needed and isn't running on pure political emotion like Ted Cruz.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Math time:

    Candidate Rand Paul = President Hillary Clinton.

    And judging by where the GOP stands as a party today, the formula required that will result in a winning GOP presidential candidate in 2016 involves imaginary numbers.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 3:58 p.m.

    Have you written off the previous one?

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    I don't want someone I like to run for president. Why? Because something happens to them once they win that turns them into a different person. President Obama, for instance, is not at all the person we knew before his first election. Ronald Reagan evolved into something other than the advertised conservative spendthrift we thought he was after taking office. George Bush...well, that's another story.

    My point is that I don't think the president has as much power as we attribute to him. I've come to believe that he's following instructions laid before him once he or she takes office, even though he or she is the one who takes all the blame or credit for things that happen during the presidential tenure.

    I like Rand Paul. I hope he doesn't run.