Rand Paul outlines agenda, potential 2016 presidential platform in Reagan Library speech

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Sen. Rand Paul put a palatable price tag on federal spending Friday night — precisely.

The Kentucky Republican said Uncle Sam’s acceptable payout peg is is “actually for $2.6 trillion dollars’ worth of government.”

The rising libertarian star and potential 2016 presidential candidate laid down the spending marker during a defining policy speech on the home turf of a Republican icon, former President Ronald Reagan.

“Sometimes conservatives get tagged as being against all government,” Mr. Paul told an audience packed with supporters as well as skeptics at the Reagan Library here, an hour northeast of Los Angeles.

“I’m not against all government. I’m actually for $2.6 trillion dollars worth,” he said. “I’m for spending what comes in, but nothing in excess of what comes in.”

Most conservative Republicans tell conservative audiences what they want to hear, however improbable the goal of actually shrinking government.

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