Ever since Rand Paul was elected as a Republican Kentucky Senator, there was immediate speculation that he would run for the presidency in 2016 if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wasn’t elected in this year’s race for the White House.
The speculation continues to run rampant ever since the day after the election. There have been several names rumored for the Republican ticket in four years, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and, of course, the Kentucky Senator.
In an interview with ABC‘s Jonathan Karl, the practicing ophtamologist and author of the new book “Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds” said that he is not going to “deny that I’m interested.”
“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” said Sen. Paul. “We’re getting an ever dwindling percent of the Hispanic vote. We have to let people know, Hispanics in particular, we’re not putting you on a bus and shipping you home.”
Paul also iterated his stances on a number of issues, such as immigration reform, cutting the defense budget, legalizing marijuana and abolishing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Paul’s interview with ABC can be found in the video below: