Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) hasn’t come outright and said he will run for president. But if he did, he just let non-violent drug offenders know that change might be coming, if he was elected.
When asked on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace how serious he is about running for president, Paul said that U.S. voters “want a little bit difference face.”
“They want — the young people want politicians who don’t want to put them in jail for 20 years for a non-violent drug possession charge,” Paul said.
Paul also said that if he were to run for president that it would be to win – and not as an education campaign. He said that he wouldn’t openly make the decision to run until 2014.
Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has said in the past that the way that drug laws are enforced are “very, very biased against minorities.”
The elder Paul has also said in 2012 that the number of minorities who are put in prison for non-violent drug crimes are “way out of proportion” with those who use the drugs, a claim which experts told Politic365 as of last July is generally correct.
When President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act on August 3, 2010, the legislation reduced the ratio between crack and powdered cocaine offenses from 100 to one to 18 to one.
Senator Paul also said on Sunday that U.S. voters are ready for a “libertarian republican narrative.” He added that voters want someone “a little bit less aggressive on foreign policy,” but “still believes in a strong national defense.”