Video: Sen. Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Presidential Bid (Full Speech)

ICYMI, here is Rand Paul’s official announcement that he is running for president – (which I think everyone already knew.)

The speech itself is getting mixed reviews with some folks saying that he “gave a great speech” – and others saying that he got merely a single “when he could have had extra bases or a home run.”

I think it was necessary for Paul to separate himself from the radical isolationism of his father – which he did in this portion of the speech:

In my Vision for America, Freedom and prosperity at home can only be achieved if we defend against enemies who are dead-set on attacking America.
The enemy is Radical Islam and not only will I name the enemy, I will do what ever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind!
We need a National Defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests.
But we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability — not chaos!
I envision an America with a National Defense unparalleled, undefeatable, and unencumbered by overseas nation building!
I envision a National Defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, ‘Peace through Strength.’
I believe in applying Ronald Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue.
Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.
We brought Iran to the table from strength, through sanctions I voted for.
Now we must stay strong. That’s why I co-sponsored legislation that insures that any deal between the US and Iran must be approved by Congress.
Not only is that good policy, it is the law.
I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures. I will insist that any final version be brought before Congress.
The difference between President Obama and myself-he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness.

One thought on “Video: Sen. Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Presidential Bid (Full Speech)

  1. While there is many issues that I agree with Rand on, there is always the one problem which prevents me from getting behind him. The genetic ghost problem. Besides that on several opportunities and issues he has waffled back and forth between the libertarian and conservative leanings on issues. Which only tend to raise any concerns.

    Add that he completely threw in the towel on Matt Bevin in the last election and supported Mitch McConnell during the primary, he has a lot of making up to do in Kentucky and to those who were looking to take Mitch out.

    He has also cut some deal amongst the powers to be, to appear on the Kentucky ballot twice. Once for re-election as Senator and then as President. Not good for his primary argument of “taking on the establishment”, as he is playing along to get along.

    He seems to continually shoot from the lip as he hits himself in the foot.

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