After Rand Paul endorsed Donald Trump for President many supporters instantly saw him as a possible Vice President. The attraction is obvious. Senator Paul is young, forward-thinking, and known for his libertarian views. As Vice President, he would not only help Trump win the White House, his cross-cultural appeal and libertarian street cred would unite the country, if not the Republican Party.
Paul’s campaign for President earlier this year, like Trump’s, was marked by a willingness to seek votes from places often ignored by Republicans, especially among young people and in the black community. Paul gave his first speech at historically black Howard university in 2013. He then spoke to a predominantly liberal, black crowd at Bowie University in Maryland, that earned him multiple rounds of applause and a standing ovation. Trump has much the same appeal with some blacks, talking about issues often ignored by conventional Republican candidates. As an example, he has won the support of rap superstar Azaelia Banks who also called out Hillary Clinton for talking to blacks “like children or pets.” The last Republican to get any love from a rapper was George W. Bush who had kind words, though no endorsement, from 50 Cent back in 2005.
Rand Paul For Veep Touted On Reddit
Paul also has a strong and loyal following online. In a discussion on the Reddit forum r/The_Donald, about potential running mates, Paul was the clear winner in a thread with over 4,200 comments. One commenter summed it up like this:
Differences Between Trump & Paul Would Strengthen The Team
Paul and Trump clashed several times at the early debates, but always on substantive matters of policy. Now that the primary is over, supporters remember their differences, but think it would strengthen the ticket.
The 2 men have opposing positions on issues like trade, while they are quite similar on others things, such as their mutual suspicion of foreign wars and entangling alliances. But they don’t have to be the same on every issue. And on certain issues they can learn from each other.
More important, Rand Paul as a running mate would do much to unite the country. The electoral coalition that would elect a Trump-Paul ticket would look much different than Bush’s winning or Romney’s losing coalition. It would be much broader and would likely get more support from young people and the black community. If done right, it could also be a governing coalition that would recast American politics for a generation.