Son of presidential hopeful Ron Paul, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky spoke on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention about the causes that are near and dear to the hearts of Republicans, and did not mention his oft-mentioned libertarian cause during his prime-time speech.
Among Paul’s subject matter were; unhappiness with Obama; the problems with the federal health care reform law; support for the Keystone XL pipeline; and worry over the enormous national debt. “There’s only one option left,” he said.
“We have to have a new president.”
Rand only mentioned his father once during his speech, and not by name. (Ron Paul participated in the Republican Party primaries during the past year, but lost the majority of the votes to Mitt Romney, who is the presumed Republican
candidate for president until he formally accepts his Party’s nomination.)
Paul was discussing how his great-grandfather immigrated to Pittsburgh and worked hard and lived the American Dream.
“My grandfather would live to see his children become doctors, ministers, accountants, and professors,” Paul said. “He would even live to see one of his sons, a certain Congressman from Texas, run for President of the United States of America.”
There were only two obscure references to the libertarian perspective during the 17-minute speech; the ideological opposition to war, and the primacy of civil liberties.
“Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows,” Paul said. “Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed. Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our founding documents.”