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article imageRand Paul: 'There are always perceptions of what is extreme'

By Michael Krebs     Jan 26, 2014 in Politics
With The New York Times and NBC's "Meet The Press" seeking to tether him to his father's Libertarian positions, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) defended his cause and his father alike.

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In an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday, Libertarian-leaning Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) defended his perspectives and the legacy of his father.
Meet The Press host David Gregory cited a Rand Paul profile published on the front page of The New York Times on Sunday that characterized the Kentucky senator as a Libertarian and sought to associate Paul with "truthers" and general right wing extremism.
"How big of a hurdle is this for you if you're going to run for president," Gregory asked.
"You know, I think there always are perceptions of what is extreme versus what is mainstream," Paul said. "I've always said, you know, spending what comes in, balancing your budget is actually the very reasonable sort of proposal and spending a trillion dollars you don't have is an extreme proposal. So, really it's a matter of getting our message out."
Paul then went on to address the challenges posed in tackling the nation's poverty, saying that Democratic stimulus proposals have failed to solve the problem. Paul's "freedom zones" ideas were introduced in early December, fully a month before President Obama announced his strikingly similar "promise zones" idea, as was reported on Digital Journal.
The New York Times piece drew a direct line between Senator Paul and his outspoken Libertarian father, Ron Paul. Gregory, echoing the sentiments of likely Republican presidential contender Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), suggested Senator Paul would be tethered to the positions of his father.
"You know, I think one of the things, and you know, don't be trashing my dad too much," Paul said. "That's my dad, you know? But the thing is, I would say that my dad was extraordinary in Washington in being genuine, being really liked by people on both sides, being close to people from the conservative wing of the party but also very close to the congressional black caucus, as well. He went to Berkley and had 7,000 kids on their feet. He went to Liberty University and had 7,000 people, 7,000 conservative Christian kids on their feet. So, that's a rare figure in politics, and I would say I'm proud of my dad. And I would say, I'm trying to do is to try to bring that message to an even bigger crowd."
It is not yet known if Senator Paul is going to make a bid for the White House in 2016.
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