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Can Rand Paul ever be mainstream?

Rand Paul is preparing to run in Election 2016
Rand Paul is preparing to run in Election 2016

While walking the Custis Trail in the DC Metro last year, I heard a bicyclist approaching and I took notice to avoid a collision as that is a normal precaution. The cyclist slowed and pulled off to adjust his helmet and cool his curly hair. It was Rand Paul. That was odd because Rand Paul complains that bike paths and bike lanes are unnecessary and wasteful.

“Another amendment Paul is pushing to get money for bridge repair? He wants to cut all funding to the Transportation Alternatives Fund, which pays for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, environmental mitigation, safe routes to school projects, and other initiatives to make it easier for people not in cars to get around without being killed.

If Paul has his way, the $800 million in the program – roughly the federal equivalent of the change you’d find in your couch, representing just 2 percent of total federal transportation dollars – would also be redirected to fixing the nation's bridges.”

Rand Paul is a contradiction. He is a medical professional and one might expect more compassion from that occupation. However, his main idea is that government should do as little as possible to interfere in private lives and therefore should be stripped of what he considers frivolous spending to focus on bare boned essentials.

What he believes are bare bone essentials may not be what Americans need or want. That is the question when considering him and all other candidates. Rather than let them wander around the subject, voters should keep their feet to the fire about core necessities. Ask them how they intend to produce required outcomes.

For Rand Paul to become a mainstream candidate, he would have to erase his entire life and start over. Maybe that is why he says that he is no longer answering questions about his dad.

“Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid

By Robert Costa, Published: March 27

Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.
Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman.”

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