Kentucky Senator Rand Paul could end up carrying his father's torch by making a bid for the presidency in 2016, reports Yahoo!
. It's hoped that he can win over a new generation of voters who are increasingly tilting away
from the Republican party.
"I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," said the junior Paul, who has a lot of work ahead of him if capturing the "Ron Paul Youth" contingent is his goal. The elder Paul, who made his farewell address
to Congress last week, was/is a big hit
among the under-30 crowd.
But his son seems to have the right idea. The younger Paul's preliminary platform would allow for state-based marijuana legalization and seek to cut the nation's defense budget. The one issue that sets him apart from his father, however, could in fact bring him even closer to the latter's devoted followers. While Ron Paul took
a fairly hardline approach to questions of amnesty and birthright citizenship - he supported neither - Rand Paul says that pushing the GOP in a more pro-immigrant direction is a must.
"We're getting an ever dwindling percent of the Hispanic vote," said Paul, suggesting that he'd be open to an amnesty program within his hypothetical tenure as president.