What Rand said is pretty much what every Republican nominee for the presidency has said in the past. If he's running as a Republican, this isn't necessarily a bad move. Whether he can win the general election with this haunting him may be another issue, especially if you decide to join our statist commie friend Rachel Maddow in badgering Rand about it until November 2016.
Think about it.
“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton