As Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) presumably gears up for a 2016 run, he was warmly welcomed by a group of unlikely supporters – students at the University of California, Berkeley.

According to the Associated Press, Sen. Paul spoke UC Berkeley yesterday at the request of the university’s Republican club. The event drew about 400 people, who “filled the hall to capacity.” There were no visible protestors, and Sen. Paul “drew a large crowd of well-wishers on his way off campus.”

The 30-minute speech criticized President Obama and other government leaders over recent surveillance disclosures. Sen. Paul also declared the country is desperate for a “new kind of party.” And while he admitted the Republican Party has been far from perfect, he believes it can be the party to get this country back on track.

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“Go back to what happened yesterday with Rand Paul. This is huge. Absolutely huge… This is incredible,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Rand Paul goes to the University of California, Berkeley. I mean this as a sincere question: Have you ever in your lifetime heard of a Republican that has gone in and received a standing ovation at the University of California, Berkeley?”

Over the last several months, Glenn has stressed the importance of being open to the idea of aligning with strange bedfellows, for he believes the future will require a coalition of people who can unite on the principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

“Do you think Jeb Bush is going to even be listened at the University of California, Berkeley? No,” Glenn said. “They keep talking about widening the tent. Is there any tent bigger than: Look I just want to it agree on the Bill of Rights. That’s all I want to agree on. We’re going to disagree on a lot of things… Rand Paul can bridge the gap between Glenn and Pat and the university of California Berkeley… That’s huge. Never before done.”

While the left desperately tries to discredit Sen. Paul and other conservatives and libertarians who are looking to build bridges, Glenn ultimately believes yesterday’s speech is a sign of things to come.

“If [Sen. Paul] were on the left, he would be being heralded as God. Barack Obama might be Jesus. But what this guy can bridge is astounding… That again is the coalition building,” Glenn concluded. “They dismiss him and mock him and are going to try to discredit him. But I’m telling you: If you just play the game of who can win, it’s Rand Paul.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP