Over the past two years — ever since Rand Paul let it be known he might run for president — the Kentucky senator has paid a few visits to the key early-voting state of New Hampshire. Now, The Republican lawmaker is back in the Granite State for a series of campaign-type events.
Appearing before a group of youthful voters on Thursday night, Paul let it be known what one of his very first acts as president would be. Breitbart.com reports that the lawmaker who’s popular among many young people told a boisterous pub crowd in answer to a question:
“I think the first executive order that I would issue would be to repeal all previous executive orders,” Paul replied to resounding cheers through the Manchester pub, named for the beer bearing the namesakes of American revolutionary Sam Adams. “Democracy is messy, but you have to build consensus to pass things. But it’s also in some ways good, because a lot of laws take away your freedom. So it should be hard to pass a law. And it, frankly, when you do it the proper way, is. We’ve done way too many things [the wrong way]: Signing statements, altering legislation by the president, are wrong and unconstitutional and shouldn’t happen. Executive orders shouldn’t either.”
New Hampshire is the site of the nation’s first presidential primary, which explains why so many potential candidates, including Rand Paul, make appearances there. A recent poll, reports the Boston Globe, found Paul the top pick among potential GOP contenders:
While polls mean little this early, Paul has gained publicity from a July NBC News-Marist poll that found Paul leading among potential Republican primary voters, with 14 percent, followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with 13 percent; former Florida governor Jeb Bush, with 10 percent; and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, with 9 percent.
The Globe article also points out that the Paul name has scored fairly high in the past with New Hampshire voters.
New Hampshire, perhaps better than any other state, neatly illustrates the promise and the peril of any Rand Paul presidential campaign.
Paul can capitalize on the passion that his father, Ron Paul, then a US House member from Texas, brought to some segments in the party during presidential bids in 2008 and 2012. But at the same time, Paul must distance himself from his father’s ideology enough to be seen as a viable contender, not just a fringe candidate.
Image Credit: youtube | WMUR-TV H/T: breitbart.com
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