WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) –
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., fresh off a 13-hour filibuster over President Obama’s drone policy, says he is considering a presidential run in 2016.
In an interview published Friday in Politico, Paul suggested the Republican Party needs candidates with more appeal outside its base.
Paul, the son of libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is an opthalmologist who made his first run for political office in 2010, when he was elected to the Senate. He shares many of his father’s views although he endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney last year while his father was still running for president.
Paul spent 13 hours talking on the Senate floor Thursday, finally ending his filibuster because he needed a bathroom break. While some Republicans, including a former presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, criticized him, others were supportive.