Ceaser said the 2016 candidate will not be someone who “will be very surprising,” but rather will be someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, or Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
The nominee, he predicted, will be “someone who has some elements of respect for libertarians but is not himself libertarian.”
What about Rand Paul?
If Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a candidate, he added, “he'll do quite well.”
Expressing some admiration for Paul's political skills, Ceaser offered that “it's one of the more amazing stories of American politics: This young senator from Kentucky, whose father was regarded in many ways as an extremist, [yet] Rand Paul has been able to take this movement and make it into something a lot larger in a very short period of time and acquire status as a significant player in the Republican party.”
Rand Paul, he concluded, is a “potential very strong candidate, even though I don't think he'll be over the top in 2016.”
Friday, March 21, 2014
Ceaser on Paul
At The Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner, Richard Sincere interviews After Hope and Change lead author James Ceaser: