Kentucky Republican Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul urged the GOP in a recent interview to embrace libertarianism because otherwise the party will become an "old dinosaur."
The libertarian-leaning first-term senator noted that the Republican base is shrinking because it’s not competitive and doesn’t have much support in places like the west coast and in New England.
What’s the solution? Embrace libertarianism and have a new type of libertarian-leaning GOP members.
“We need a new type of Republican (Party), I think, one that involves some of the ideas of libertarian leaning Republicans and people who agree in a less aggressive foreign policy,” Sen. Paul said in his interview with CNN on Tuesday.
Paul also provided his thoughts on the fiscal cliff, which the latest negotiations include a combination of tax increases and spending cuts – a new poll found that the majority of Americans support both, while one-third only wanted spending cuts.
The Tea Party favorite, who has supported the idea of raising the Social Security eligibility age in order to save it, noted that entitlement reform should not be part of a deal and should occur on its own.
“The way I look at it is entitlements are broken, and it's not my fault, it's not Democrats' fault, it's because your grandparents had too many babies. It's because we're living longer. These are just facts," said Paul. "Taxing anyone in a weak economy is not good."
The Kentucky senator noted that he is one of the very few conservatives who is willing to make military spending cuts, while also fighting against tax increases. One of his arguments was the recent Waste Book report from Republican Senator Tom Coburn.
The report found that United States taxpayers were on the hook for $300,000 in annual spending on robotic squirrels and $2 million “on how we can convince Chinese prostitutes not to drink so much on the job."
It was reported that Paul was interested in running in four years for president. He attempted to clarify his comments Tuesday.
“What I've said is that I won't deny I'm interested–a little bit different than 'I am interested,’” explained Paul.