Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has planned to establish an office in the San Francisco Bay Area ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
Paul told The San Francisco Chronicle Saturday after giving a speech to the California Republican Party that he will be in the region “fairly often,” and the traditionally Democratic area is a good place to establish a headquarters.
“There’s a lot of smart people in Silicon Valley, and we want to use their brains to figure out how to win.”
The first term Senator did not give specifics as to what he wanted to “win,” however:
“Well, for the party, winning nationally…My goal for the past year has been to try to widen the party message and make the party big enough to win nationally.”
Paul has spoken at traditionally unorthodox locations for Republicans since being elected in 2010, including The Detroit Economic Club, as well as Howard University and Simmons College of Kentucky, two traditionally black college campuses.
The Washington Post wrote that the move by Paul to open up an office in northern California is not at all unexpected, given the financial resources available in the region.
“You can’t successfully run for president without a lot of [money]. And some of the most prolific donors are wealthy technology executives from Silicon Valley.”
Back In July, Mike Allen of Politico reported that Paul met with two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent members: Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
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In the speech Saturday, Paul slammed Hillary Clinton, who is considered to be the leading Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, for her handling of the terrorist attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Republican Senator asserted that the incident should “absolutely preclude her from being the next president”:
“I frankly think that if Hillary Clinton had worked for Bill Clinton, he’d have fired her.”
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