One of the hottest names when talking about the 2016 presidential election is Rand Paul.
Paul, a Senator from Kentucky, is remaining mum on his plans. He’s often said he’ll wait until after the 2014 midterm elections to decide.
But if he did have presidential power, he’d make some changes. Especially to the NSA and the country’s policy of spying.
In fact, he said as much, calling the change of these programs a top priority if he ever had presidential powers.
Writes Damian Paletta of the Wall Street Journal:
“Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that the U.S. government had lost a lot of credibility in the world because of the disclosures, and he said fears about personal privacy had helped push down President Barack Obama’s approval rating…
‘Young people don’t care so much about taxes and regulation, but they’ve all got a cellphone and they’re all on the Internet, and they do care about their privacy,’ he said. ‘I will correct these policies if I were ever the one to make the decision.’”
And an added bonus to focusing on those issues: A boost to the Republican Party.
The GOP has struggled with young voters for years. They’ve been branded the party of the old, as Democrats have successfully appealed to youth voters (recently, at least).
If Paul and the rest of the party took time to focus on issues that young people care about – such as privacy in the new web-based era of living – they may start switching some of those blue Democrat votes to red.
Of course, Paul seems to be one of the few elected Republicans worrying about that. Everyone else seems concerned about the old GOP line of thought.
But that’s why the Kentucky Senator is held in such high regard right now. It’s exactly why his name comes up first when people talk about the 2016 presidential elections. He’s popular – very popular, and not just with the people you’d expect to vote Republican.
He’s changing what it means to be Conservative by tapping into frustrations (in this case, privacy) that others seem content to ignore.
Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore, via Flickr Creative Commons
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