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. 

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.