All signs point to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) throwing his hat into the ring in 2016. He recently won the straw poll at CPAC and generally polls well. Sen. Paul watched his father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), struggle to connect on the national stage. But, thus far, Sen. Paul's outreach to groups that do not typically align with Republicans has been well received.
His focus on issues like the Fourth Amendment and NSA surveillance techniques resonate with people on both sides of the aisle. Furthermore, many of his positions are embraced by young people - as evidenced by the warm reception he enjoyed during a speech at the University of California, Berkeley earlier this month.
In theory, Sen. Paul sounds like a candidate with remarkably widespread appeal. But is America ready for a libertarian president? Glenn believes we are. But prominent libertarian Kevin Williamson of National Review thinks otherwise. In an article for POLITICO entitled "Ready for Rand?," Williamson argues Americans "hate" Sen. Paul's libertarianism - they just don't know it yet. On Monday's Glenn Beck Program, Williamson joined Glenn to further discuss the topic.
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