Sen. Paul Discusses Running For President

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

As Christmas quickly approaches, so does the new year.

I caught up with Senator Rand Paul ringing a bell for the Salvation Army this afternoon at Greenwood Mall.

I asked him about the importance about giving back this Christmas, and some possible government changes in 2013.

"I've been a member of the Lion's Club for about 20 years now, and the Lions Club every year comes out. So, we've been coming out, and I've been bringing my kids for years to teach them that you need to give back to the community," Sen. Paul says.

"It's a lot of fun. I've been doing this since I was about six, and its a lot more fun than staying at home," says his son, Robert.

Senator Rand Paul and his son made it a family outing to help those in need.

While today was for giving back, it was an opportunity to ask about one quickly approaching deadline that could affect us all.

"The president wants rich people to pay more, we could say that the rich people receive less benefits. For example, in social security we could let the rich people receive a little less benefits in social security. We could let the rich pay a little more for their medicare. So, there are ways we could compromise," says Sen. Paul.

If the Democrats and Republicans don't compromise on where this budget money will come from by January 1st, the government will go over the fiscal cliff.

If not, everyone's taxes will likely increase.

"The president hasn't seemed too willing to compromise himself. He came out with an offer yesterday to raise nearly $2 trillion in taxes. And I think it's bad idea to raise taxes," he says.

Is 2016 his time to run for president?

"We'll see. I don't know. I want to be apart of the national debate I think I have something to offer. And I think we as Republicans need to self examine because we kind of lost. We need to do better next time," he says.

If he does run in four years, he says he first wants to sway moderates and independents.

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