Tags: rand | paul | michigan | straw | poll | victory

Rand Paul Hails Victory in Michigan Straw Poll

Image: Rand Paul Hails Victory in Michigan Straw Poll

Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 10:46 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., sees his decisive victory in this weekend’s Michigan GOP presidential straw poll as a clear sign his views on a variety of issues are resonating with Republicans of all ages, Politico reports.

Paul won the 2016 straw poll with 36 percent of ballots cast at the biennial Republican conference, doubling those of his nearest rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who placed second with 18 percent. .

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Defunded? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished third with 8 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each tallied 7 percent.

Jindal and Walker also spoke at the conference. Christie, Cruz and Bush did not.

Paul characterized the conference as being “jammed full of really a lot of young people.”

“There’s just a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of people out here excited about the message of how we grow the Republican Party,” Paul said.

The Kentucky senator has repeatedly called the inclusion of young people and minorities into the GOP a top priority.

Paul said he received an overwhelmingly positive reaction at the conference to his testimony last week at a Senate hearing regarding mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes.

Paul said the current sentencing guidelines were unjust and disproportionately harmful to minorities.

“Many people came up to me and said, ‘You’re exactly right,’” Paul said.

Paul said he also spoke with school-choice advocates from the Detroit area, and said he is likely to return to Michigan to visit charter schools in Detroit.

When asked what his weekend success in Michigan might mean his own 2016 plans, Paul was non-committal.

“You never know,” Paul said.

Last week, Paul would say whether he plans to run for president in 2016. He insisted was working to make the Republican Party bigger and more inclusive.

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" on Thursday, the Republican senator from Kentucky said he has been talking about the unfairness of mandatory minimum sentences, which disproportionately affect African Americans.

"I'm working very hard to make sure our party's bigger and more inclusive," Paul told host Sean Hannity, saying he wants blacks and Latinos to know they are welcome in the party.

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Defunded? Vote in Urgent National Poll



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Andrew Cuomo Finally Endorsed By New York Times Editorial Board

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 23:12 PM

Spurned by The New York Times editorial board in his primary race last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo snagged the end . . .

Ross, Hutchinson Get Final Digs in on Tax Cuts

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 23:08 PM

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross took swipes at each other's tax cut plans and political backgrounds Mon . . .

Poll: Roberts, Orman in Dead Heat in Kansas Senate Race

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 22:52 PM

The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Kansas is going down to the wire: incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and inde . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved