Rand Paul rallying troops for 2016Submitted by Amykle on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 15:12
Nice read, only a week old
I’m in an eight-seater plane, flying over the San Joaquin Valley with Rand Paul, the Tea Party-loving, filibustering provocateur of the US Senate, who is quickly climbing the shortlist of potential Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential race.
At this moment, the fiery sparkplug who demanded President Barack Obama explain his policy on drone-ing Americans and, more recently, berated his Senate colleagues for dragging Apple executives before a congressional hearing, is AWOL. Paul is tired and a little cranky. He’s losing his voice and he thinks he ate something that disagreed with him during his meeting at eBay's offices.
We’ve just finished a whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley, with stops at Facebook, Google and meetings with deep-pocketed techno-libertarian donors. But when I ask Paul what his favourite part of the trip was, his response is “golfing”, referring to the 27 rounds he played at a Half Moon Bay resort with his youngest son Robert, who is 14.