Politics

Rick Santorum Criticizes Rand Paul's Expected 2016 Presidential Bid

| by Will Hagle

Although the 2016 presidential election is more than two years away, speculation as to which politicians will enter the race has already begun. Jeb Bush has indicated that a third Bush in the White House may be a possibility, and President Obama slyly hinted at an endorsement of another Clinton during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. 

In a recent appearance on CNN’s Crossfire, previous presidential hopeful and former Sen. Rick Santorum claimed that there’s one potential candidate he wouldn’t vote for: Rand Paul. 

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According to the Huffington Post, Santorum responded to the question of whether or not he would vote for Paul by claiming that that scenario would never happen.

“Well, first off, I don’t think that will happen because a Republican Party is not a Libertarian Party. It is a conservative party and it will nominate a conservative, not a libertarian,” said Santorum. 

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Santorum’s statement represents the growing divide between traditional social conservatives in the GOP and the growing base of libertarian-leaning politicians like Paul.

Paul is expected to enter the race after his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, ran several unsuccessful campaigns but arguably opened the door for similarly-minded libertarian candidates to make an impact on the national stage.