Rand Paul talks 2016 presidential race during Utah trip

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  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    March 19, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    Repubs! Learn from our past mistakes and do some serious make-overs. Use the Dem Play Book and add our own sneaky moves:

    Either dye his hair and skin, or get a black presidential nominee, with a female minority veep.
    They must be hip and do the late night curcuit.
    Must be able to dance, play an instrument, or "get" social media.
    Promise everything; (no need to deliver later...)

    It's all about the perception, not the substance. So play along, bury your head in your tweets and don't reveal your agenda until deep into your term.


  • John Wilson Idaho Falls, 00
    March 18, 2014 2:07 p.m.


    I recently became aware of Representative Trey Gowdy of NC. I agree with your comments. He is someone worth taking a serious look at.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    The nature and character of Republicans is best seen in their seemingly inbred loyalty and devotion to capitalistic, free-for-all, let-the-buyer-beware, business. It's like they think the world is made up of business people and some other types of living things that exist only for the purpose of being used by business as pawns in their game of winner take all.

    An example is the TV channel that boasts being fair and balanced in their views but anyone could tell from listening to 5 minutes of their output that they are 100% business and don't seem to attach any import to other human beings. Some of us other people like to think that we are an important part of life also.

    The notion of Libertarians and many Republicans that every man can be the King-of-the-world, just ain't necessasarily so.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    The picture that is being used as the first picture made me sing a song - "And they call it puppy love."

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 18, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    I doubt any presidential candidate will illicit the same support from me that Br. Romney did, but from what I can tell so far, Rand Paul sounds decent.

    I'm wary of the social issues, though. I don't want there to be "the liberal party" and "the liberal party that's slightly less theophobic and slightly smarter about foreign policy"; then they really would just be two sides of the same coin.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Do Senators have to take Annual Leave when spending their time campaigning and fundraising? It seems that we elect them to do a job, then they spend all their time fundraising for their next election. I don't like them doing that on my dime. I know at my job, if I want to go raise funds for a cause, I have to take Annual Leave or vacation time to do it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 18, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    Moe was back in Washington trying to become a committee chair.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    He will legalize marijuana in Utah and retract our foreign presence to Kentucky. But he would allow Lee to become king of Utah.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    Rand Paul wants to be a "partner with the working class". That would be nice if it were true. But as we have seen here in Utah, his party denied health coverage to almost 100,000 "working class citizens". In Louisiana his party's governor turned down 1.6 billion in Medicaid expansion for 257,000 working class citizens. His party is hardly for the working class unless that class is working for the companies that attended Lee's fundraiser at the Alta Club. I wonder if any poor working class were invited to that? But that is the rhetoric that they spew.

  • The_Laird Patchogue, NY
    March 17, 2014 11:02 p.m.

    Huntsman could defeat HRC. Paul, not so much.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2014 10:49 p.m.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy of NC for President. Watch and listen to him. Former prosecuting attorney. He's smart, articulate, and a fierce attack-dog against the opposition. He has great ideas and understands the financial mess we are in and how to solve it. Find him on YouTube and see some of the latest things he has said on the House floor. The more I hear him, the more I like him!

  • Northern Logan, UT
    March 17, 2014 10:36 p.m.

    We could only be so lucky to have Rand paul.

  • Fed Employee Lehi, UT
    March 17, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    I can see Larry and Curly in the picture but where is Moe?

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    March 17, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    A Rand Paul nomination would ensure the Democrats another Presidential victory. These guys never learn that their brand of conservatism is way to extreme. They talk about not policing people, but that is exactly what the social policies of the far-right accomplishes.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    March 17, 2014 6:46 p.m.

    @riverofsun ...the same smiles when they found out Obama was running for president back in 2007?

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    March 17, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    Patriot - "Reagan couldn't win today."

    You're absolutely correct; he'd be run out of town as a RHINO during the Repub primaries.

    Further, with American economic inequality the highest it's been in 100 years and with an increasingly smaller percentage of individual Americans owning more and more of the nation's resources, lands, corporations, etc... despite individual American workers steadily increasing in wealth productivity, I don't think "socailist (sic)" means what you think it means.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 17, 2014 5:38 p.m.


    "I prefer a country where the government doesn't spend of its money policing its own people."

    Both candidates voted for legislation opposing abortion rights and marriage equality. I don't think you mean what you claim to mean. Policing people is the Republican forte, well, with the exception of pursuing debunked social and economic theories...

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 17, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    I would vote for Rand in a heart beat ...but he has no chance in this new socailist America. Reagan couldn't win today.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    March 17, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    I couldn't stand Ron Paul but Rand Paul seems to be the only candidate that seems to stand up to the democratic oligarchs. So he probably gets my vote. I prefer a country where the government doesn't spend of its money policing its own people.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    March 17, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    I would guess Hill and Bill have some pretty big smiles on their faces this St. Paddy's Day, as do many of us after hearing this news!

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 17, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Dear Republicans,

    Please nominate Rand Paul.