According to a new Zogby poll, Rand Paul is currently leading amongst 2016 Republican hopefuls. This could be a bad thing, as it means more time as a target for the Left and the Establishment Republicans...though, it's going to be hard to demonize a non-career politician that still does pro-bono surgeries for folks with no health insurance in his down time.
"In the poll, the junior Senator from Kentucky polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each.
This is the first time a GOP candidate has reached 20% in a crowded field and the first time a Zogby poll has shown someone emerging a bit from the pack."
For me, a Libertarian-leaning Conservative, Paul represents all the benefits of his father sans the kookiness. I feel like he and I agree across the board. I haven't felt like that about a candidate...ever?
Abortion: Rand believes life begins at conceptions and opposes federal funding for abortion. Check.
Economy: Shrink Government, end the Federal Reserve. Check.
Civil Rights: States should decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. Opposes affirmative action. Check.
Drugs: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. Check.
Education: Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black. Support homeschooling and parental responsibility. Check.
Energy & Oil: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions. Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. Check.
Foreign Policy: Against terror but first comes preserving the Constitution. As only democracy in Mideast, Israel is important ally. Exit the UN; maintain US sovereignty. Check
Gun Control: Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms. Check.
Health Care: Believe it is Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare. ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court. Check.
Homeland Security: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court. Only Judiciary can detain and drone, not the President. Warrantless searches overstep Constitutional powers.Check.
Immigration: Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform. Check.