Sen. Rand Paul, fresh off a filibuster win over the White House, now says he may put his name in the hat for a 2016 presidential run.
â€œI think our party needs something new, fresh and different,â€ he told Politico, adding that he was â€œseriouslyâ€ considering a White House run. â€œWhat weâ€™ve been running â€” nothing against the candidates necessarily â€” but we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.â€
Republican candidates from the last election did not appeal to many voters outside the core base, he said.
â€œWe have to figure out how to appeal to the West Coast, New England, around the Great Lakes area. We need to figure out how to appeal to the blue-collar voters â€¦ that were Democrats that voted for Reagan, and I think they are drifting back because they see us as the party of the wealthy,â€ he said in Politico.
Sen. John Thune said Mr. Paulâ€™s filibuster â€” that led the White House to release just what he sought, a clear statement outlining the presidentâ€™s limits to use drones to attack U.S. citizens â€” was a grand and defining moment in political history.
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