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article imageSenator Rand Paul: American voters want 'someone like me' in 2016

By Michael Krebs     Nov 19, 2013 in Politics
In an appearance on FOX News Monday night, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) almost announced his bid for the White House, saying Americans want "someone like myself."
FOX News' "Special Report With Bret Baier" nearly broke the story of a 2016 presidential bid on Monday night when Libertarian-leaning Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shared his belief that American voters want "someone like myself."
As Mediaite reported, Paul's comments came in response to the question of whether or not the nation wants an outsider like Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), although Christie's name was not mentioned. Senator Paul has mounted criticism on Christie over the past few weeks, and it is expected that both men will run for a 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
“I think they want someone outside of, you know, what’s been going on. So, for example, someone like myself who has been promoting term limits,” Paul said. “Someone who says we shouldn’t have, you know, decade after decade longevity up here. And I think I’m, enough, new here to still be perceived as an outsider, should that be the choice at sometime in 2016.”
Among an increasingly conservative Republican Party, where Senator Paul and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) currently garner considerable support, Governor Christie is considered a moderate. However, Christie's candidacy could represent a threat to Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to a CBS News report on a Quinnipiac poll released last week.
Paul's comments come on the heels of similar comments made by Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) on Sunday, as The Atlantic reported. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Scott made the case for an outsider governor versus any DC insider - including Republican senators.
"I think its got to be an outsider, I think both the presidential and vice presidential nomination needs to be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward," Walker said.
Walker was pressed to address whether or not the definition of "outsider" could include the GOP senators seen as early front-runners for the White House.
"All good guys, but it’s got be somebody who is viewed as being exceptionally removed from Washington," Walker said.
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