Rand Paul

Submitted by on Sep 24, 2015

A Biography of US Senator Rand Paul

Electoral History:

Rand Paul has a very limited political history and did not make a run for political office until 2010. Although he started as a double-digit underdog to Trey Grayson in the GOP primary, Paul took advantage of the anti-establishment sentiment within the Republican Party and was one of many long-shot outsiders to oust GOP-backed candidates. With the backing of the tea party, Paul went on to defeat Grayson 59-35%. Democrats believed they had a decent chance in the general election against Paul due to his lack of political experience.

They party picked the fairly popular state Attorney General, Jack Conway. Though Conway led in early polling, Paul went on to win by a fairly comfortable 12 points. Paul was backed by most conservatives and tea party groups, including Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin.

Rand Paul is a conservative-libertarian who is ideologically-aligned with his father, Ron Paul, on most issues. Paul is staunchly in favor of state’s rights on most issues and he believes that the federal government should only legislate where it is constitutionally authorized to do so.

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He believes "hot-button" issues such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization should be up for each state to decide, which also seems to be an emerging opinion within the conservative movement.

Rand Paul is pro-life, which is perhaps where he deviates most from the larger libertarian movement. He opposes federal funding of almost everything, including abortion, education, healthcare and other extra-constitutional issues that are meant to be handled by each individual state. The main area of concern for conservatives regarding Paul is on foreign policy. While Paul is clearly on the less interventionist and less activist scale of foreign policy, he is not quite the extremist his father was on the issue.

Rand Paul is expected by many to be a potential candidate for President in 2016. He could potentially attract much of the same voter pool as Marco Rubio. who took a nearly identical path as Paul to the US Senate in 2010. Paul could also potentially benefit from the large following his father attracted over the years while also being able to attract a larger segment of mainstream Republican voters. Rand Paul’s personality and presentation style is far more welcoming and could better attract voters beyond the college-aged crowd.

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