Though former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) is formally out of the political game, the two-time Republican presidential candidate wasted no time in defending his son, Rand Paul (R-Ky.), taking a shot at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Paul, the leader of the libertarian movement, addressed pro-liberty Millennials at Young Americans for Liberty’s 2013 National Convention in Arlington, Va, on Friday. The Texas congressman was the last speaker of the day, addressing a host of issues from the gold standard to the recent war of words between the younger Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie..
Speaking to a room of reporters and other members of the press, Paul lamented that he sees only one party now, as Republicans and Democrats are exactly alike. But he didn’t hold back, sneaking in a quick jab at the Republican governor.
“I think you’re going to have to talk to my son and talk to…who’s the other guy?” the former Texas congressman joked. “You should talk to them. I’m just trying to get out of politics.”
When asked if he would offer his support for Nancy Mace, the first female Citadel graduate — who recently announced she would challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary — Paul spoke candidly.
“It’s very likely,” he told the crowd, who roared in support. “…I tell you what, that race will get my attention.”
And the libertarian even took the time to speak on recent national security events following the recent announcement from the State Department closing more than 20 embassies around the world.
“We’re told there’s going to be a lot of attacks around the world, so we’re closing down all our embassies,” the two-time presidential hopeful said. “They’re going to close them down and say ‘see, we just saved you from all this grief. We just saved all these attacks.’ … We need to have an honest government.”
For the hundreds of young people gathered at YAL’s fifth annual conference, they came to celebrate a revolution spurned by the 2008 Republican Presidential hopeful. But after two days of speakers, panels and heroes like Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), they stayed for Paul, the man who started it all.