NYT: Rand Paul Looks to Broaden His BaseSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 22:33
From an article titled, Republicans Use Shutdown to Stake Turf for 2016 Bids
Rubio is sticking with Cruz like white on rice. However...
Perhaps the most revealing repositioning is being undertaken by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Mr. Paul is a libertarian-leaning first-term senator who was catapulted into office by passionate Tea Party enthusiasts, the constituency most supportive of the Republicans’ hard-line stance on the shutdown. But as he looks at the 2016 contest, he is seeking to broaden his appeal beyond his Tea Party base, distancing himself from some inflammatory views held by his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, as he grows closer with the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and courts more mainline Republican donors.
Without turning off his die-hard ideological followers, Mr. Paul wants to send a message to the Republican establishment that he would run to win the nomination and not simply to carry the libertarian banner.