With Rand Paul falling to nearly dead last in every measure of a presidential candidate's prowess, is this the end for his 2016 campaign? TLR's editor in chief Keith Farrell sat down with Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Austin Petersen to discuss Paul's chances, and if there might be a chance for the Kentucky senator to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Paul is polling behind John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and even his sworn rival and notoriously unpopular with conservatives Chris Christie. How did we get here? And how did Donald Trump manage to stay in the lead for so long, and destroy support for real conservatives in the race like Paul?
Farrell and Petersen believe that while Trump takes a horrible message and packages it beautifully, Paul takes a beautiful message and packages it horribly. Unable to shore up his libertarian base, Paul has been making more and more moves to appease the more hawkish base of the GOP, who would much rather have someone like a Rubio or Cruz. Paul can't out neocon a neocon, and while he's stood firm on issues such as the NSA's domestic spying programs, he's waffled on immigration issues, pushing an ultimately failed effort to temporarily freeze the passports of French citizens in the wakes of the attacks on Paris.
Is there any hope for liberty in 2016? Farrell and Petersen dive into the real nitty gritty, and don't hold back in this 45 minute discussion of the 2016 race, war and foreign policy, and whether there are any chances for libertarians to grab a victory in the short term.