Rand Paul: No White House Decision Until 2014…But Voters Are Ready for a ‘Libertarian Republican’

Senate Foreign Relations member Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. questions Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. , on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, during Kerry’s confirmation hearing before the committee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued to hint at his White House ambitions on Sunday, saying that if he ran he’d be in it to win but that he won’t make a decision until 2014.

“I would absolutely not run unless it were to win,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Points have been made, and we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming — the libertarian Republican narrative.”

The Tea Party favorite whose father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, made three unsuccessful White House bids, said the Republican Party has been losing nationally and is in need of an overhaul in its positions foreign policy, drug laws and immigration.

“I think people want a party that’s a little less aggressive on foreign policy — still believes in a strong national defense but less aggressive,” Paul said. “The young people want politicians who don’t want to put them in jail for 20 years for a nonviolent drug possession charges…I think people want a little different face on immigration, frankly, they don’t want somebody who’s going to round people up in camps and send them back to Mexico.”

Pressed on whether he’s made a decision to run yet, the senator — who admitted in another interview last week, “We’re thinking about it” — demurred.

“We won’t make a decision until 2014,” he said Sunday. “But I think I do want the party to become a national party again and not lose sight of how we grow as party, so I think I’ll continue in that vein for a couple years, and then we’ll decide.”