NYTimes: 10 Questions for Rand PaulSubmitted by P. Nicholson on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:27
By JOHN HARWOOD
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has drawn more attention than most Republican politicians lately, as his party searches for a winning national formula. Clashing with the likes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – a potential 2016 presidential rival – he has promoted a libertarian brand of Republican politics featuring a less aggressive foreign policy, a more tolerant social policy, and smaller government.
John Harwood of The Times and CNBC interviewed Mr. Paul for the NPR program “On Point,” produced by WBUR-Boston. What follows is a condensed, edited version of their conversation.
What is the goal that you’ve set for yourself in your political career?
If we want to grow and be a dominant national party, or even a competitive national party, we need to look like the rest of America. We need black people, brown people, white people. People with tattoos, without tattoos, with ties, without ties – we need to look and represent a broad spectrum of people from working class to business class. We don’t do a good enough job on that. My goal over the next year or two is to try to broaden our appeal.