Sen. Rand Paul is one of the guys who look in a mirror and see a president looking back at him. Today on Zoller and Bryant, we talked to him about Boston, Gun Control and Immigration.
As we were talking, Politico reported the votes aren’t there for the Toomey/Manchin gun compromise. Vice President Biden had lamented yesterday of the unfairness of having to get 60 votes to invoke cloture.
But back to Sen. Paul. He’s going to do well in Georgia if he runs for President because we are a very Libertarian/Republican state. We consistently have the highest number of people voting Libertarian and many more Libertarian-leaning who vote Republican. At this juncture, he’s got the best chance in Georgia in 2016. But we have to get through 2014, first.
When asked about the Boston Marathon Bombing, he said, “I can’t conceive of people who would kill women and children.” In response there being cameras everywhere for this event, he said he hoped that a private camera captured the evidence leading to cracking this case.
He believes the American people’s concern with lack of privacy has more to do with government overreach and the wide support he received for his filibuster, which included help from Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, shows he’s right about this.
On the gun control issue, he said, “I think there’s a very good chance we can stop any new gun regulation or gun control measure.” It looks like he’s right about this. There is no gun law that would have stopped the Newtown shooter. “I have 3 kids and I have a great deal of sympathy for the families of the Newtown victims. I can’t imagine sending them off to school and having them not come home…I can’t imagine every being able to get over it,” Sen. Paul said.
He says he’s told the leadership of the Senate he’s happy to talk about ways to stop violence, but this kind of crazed man (the Newtown shooter) wasn’t deterred by death and in fact, picked a “gun-free” zone to commit this crime. “Guns serve as self defense,” Sen. Paul said.
Finally, on immigration reform, he said he’s “for immigration reform.” He makes the point that the only path for conservatives has to include border security first. He will be introducing a “Trust but Verify” amendment to the “Gang of 8” bill.
Rand Paul is a player for 2016. Whether he runs for President or for re-election to the Senate, he will be a calming go-to voice within the Republican Party.
Editor’s note: Last week, Sen. Rand Paul went to Howard University to have a dialog on race. He was right to do it and I hope he does more of it. You’ll read about it, but judge for yourself.