8 Ways Rand Paul is Different from Ron Paul

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Ever since he began running for office, Rand Paul has been publicly contrasted with his former congressman father. Below are 8 ways Rand Paul is different from Ron Paul:

1. Rand Paul is More Compromising and Pragmatic

Ron Paul often won acclaim for never voting for a tax increase or for any bill not specifically authorized by the Constitution. Rand Paul has indicated an interest in compromising on matters from immigration reform to health care. He has also made efforts to compromise within his own party by working with AIPAC and allowing some foreign aid to countries considered pro-American.

2. Statewide Elections – Rand Paul Has More Appeal Across an Entire State

In his first race, Rand Paul won the primary and general elections by 23 and 12 points, respectively, and has already won more statewide elections than his father. The only time Ron Paul ever won a popular vote was the US Virgin Islands caucus in 2012.

3. Party Politics

Rand Paul endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 in a sign of party loyalty and pragmatism. Ron Paul has not publicly endorsed a major party candidate candidate since Ronald Reagan. In 2008, the elder Paul, a GOP officeholder, endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin for president.

4. Sanctions

The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example. – Ron Paul

Ron Paul has called sanctions “an act of war” and a “precursor to war.” While Rand Paul has voted for sanctions on Iran, he has fought to ensure that nothing in the language of the sanctions “shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of use of force.”

5. Iran

During his campaign for Senate, Rand Paul said it was “reckless” to take “nuclear weapons off the table in certain circumstances” regarding Iran.

"I think it equally unwise to say we will never contain a nuclear Iran."Rand Paul
He has also couched his subsequent support for sanctions by saying “a nuclear Iran would be a threat on a global scale.”

Ron Paul has said there was no evidence Iran was building a weapon with its nuclear program. The elder Paul also rhetorically asked, “Why wouldn’t Iran want a nuclear weapon” when so many of its neighbors have them. It was an indication that, although Ron Paul opposes nuclear weapons, he does not consider a nuclear Iran a threat to the US.

6. Rand Paul is More Likely to Talk About Religion

While Ron Paul has always identified himself as a Christian, he has doesn’t talk about his faith very often. He has also said activities like the Prayer Breakfast seem more about publicity than faith.

Rand Paul has spoken to numerous faith-based groups, often as a way of spreading his views about Just War. The younger Paul also expressed his antipathy to a strike on Syria by making a deliberate point about how it would affect Middle-Eastern Christians.

7. War on Drugs

Ron Paul has said the war on drugs has been a “failure” comparable to the prohibition of alcohol. He has also supported a general de-criminalization of narcotics on a federal level.

During his 2010 campaign, Rand Paul favored states rights regarding drug prohibition while also telling an evangelical Christian group in Iowa earlier this year that he “does not support the legalization of drugs like marijuana.”

More recently, the younger Paul came out against mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession. He also called for the restoration of voting rights for felons, an important issue in the drug war.

8. Income Tax

Since at least his 2008 run for president, Ron Paul famously said that the national income tax should be “repealed and replaced with nothing.” Rand Paul as recently as this summer advocated for the “Fair Tax” with a rate of 17 percent for individuals and supports eliminating “most” of the Internal Revenue Service.

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  1. Daniel http://www.dailypaul.com/265603/rand-paul-explains-ndaa-vote
  2. PootyT Carl, when you say "[Ron Paul] does not consider a nuclear Iran as a threat to the US" that is just not true. He definitely considers it a threat, were it to happen, but all he meant by saying "why wouldn't they want one" is it's only logical that they would want one and who are we to say they can't but we don't care so much about the other countries having them. he spoke about how they don't even have enough gasoline for themselves and they are not capable of making nuclear weapons. It's not our right to tell them what they can or cannot do (the Geneva Convention is what is supposed to dictate that), Iran wasn't capable of producing WMDs, but if they were to have them they'd obviously be a bit of a threat.
  3. PootyT @Roger Dodger Do what?
  4. mainone82 Why are they bad? What evil are they promoting by trying to be less oppressive and more about peoples freedoms? Why is the dismantling of the capitalist agenda such a bad thing?
  5. mainone82 I disagree. We just need to change the way our politics works and be realistic. Do you want anarchy that progresses into a government? Ask the middle east how that's going. Read into the libertarian platform and come back to this statement.
  6. RonPaulLibertarian I am an avid supporter of Ron Paul and his son just isn't hitting the mark. I am a Ron Paul Libertarian.
  7. JohnWallace1 They might not have your best interest, but Ron Paul is what this country needs right now. The more you look at our two party sistem the more you notice they are fighting to make our government larger and more intrusive to the common man like you and me whether it be economically or socially
  8. Roger Dodger They both smell of Republican.  The bad way.  Church and State separate?   FAIL/FAIL.
  9. JonathanJamesRychart In theory I agree with you, because I think you do have to do things slowly; however, I'm not sure Rand would be stopping the car, too quickly or not. His differences from the elder regarding military forces are my largest concern. Also, I don't think the younger Paul has quite the same grasp of economics and human nature. Still, far better than most others, for sure. I'd have no problem voting for him.
  10. SevensOrtiz @Andy Nielsen Father, and son?
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PootyT
PootyT

Carl, when you say "[Ron Paul] does not consider a nuclear Iran as a threat to the US" that is just not true. He definitely considers it a threat, were it to happen, but all he meant by saying "why wouldn't they want one" is it's only logical that they would want one and who are we to say they can't but we don't care so much about the other countries having them. he spoke about how they don't even have enough gasoline for themselves and they are not capable of making nuclear weapons. It's not our right to tell them what they can or cannot do (the Geneva Convention is what is supposed to dictate that), Iran wasn't capable of producing WMDs, but if they were to have them they'd obviously be a bit of a threat.

RonPaulLibertarian
RonPaulLibertarian

I am an avid supporter of Ron Paul and his son just isn't hitting the mark. I am a Ron Paul Libertarian.

Roger Dodger
Roger Dodger

They both smell of Republican.  The bad way.  Church and State separate?   FAIL/FAIL.

Jeffrey Moellering
Jeffrey Moellering

If "independent" means Ron and/or Rand Paul, we're ALL in dire trouble.

KJ Burrier
KJ Burrier

Like any father and son they are going to have their differing opinions and view points, to try to make them carbon copies of each other would only be wishful thinking, on the part of the individual, one way or the other. When ever Ron Paul is asked about his sons views on something, he reaffirms this notion by saying he will not speak for his son, that his son can only speak for himself on his views. Its refreshing actually to see a father or son not trying to impose their ideals upon one another and respectfully allowing them to speak for themselves. As for me personally, they both hold ideals closer to my own than most any others in government or in the government spotlight, but that's neither here or there concerning the topic, I just say this in the interest of disclosure from where I speak.

Keith Watkins
Keith Watkins

Rand is owned by the tea party, libertarians have a different candidate

Keith Watkins
Keith Watkins

hell yes they're different, rand is a tea party republican

Dana Ward Carlson
Dana Ward Carlson

Ron Paul is at least honest with you, even if you disagree with some of what he says.

Stacy Kuta
Stacy Kuta

little comparison, unfortunately

Jan JP Porter
Jan JP Porter

Ron is (or seems to be, judging from his record) principled, but I'm not sure about Rand.

Patrick Louis
Patrick Louis

I liked watching Ron Paul make all these guys look dumb in debates.

Ted E. Bear
Ted E. Bear

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. The son is a complete nut job.

Tom Young
Tom Young

The Keebler clones, and no they are not alike,

John Keasler
John Keasler

It's hard to believe we have come so far since Dolly the sheep.

Tammy Milliken
Tammy Milliken

Jim, that is such an old and no longer relevant concept. It might well have been the greatest thing at one time, but that's like say you beat your wife less than everyone else. Still nothing to be proud of. Not to mention that most of the industrial revolution and the spreading democracy have proved to be stupid and reckless and destructive. So taking into consideration the concept of Exceptional, the stat of everything sucks. And to many white men remain delusional refusing to accept equality and reality.

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

One wants to lock up the brakes and throw out the anchor on the wrong direction of our Country, while the other wants to slowly steer out of a bad direction.

Diane Byers
Diane Byers

Ron Paul looks at the person. Rand Paul looks at the camera. Entirely different focus.

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

Wrong on Rand, he supports less Draconian sentencing, and full Rights restoration after prison release.

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

Lee Web, I see you are one of only a few that pay attention to the real issue's

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

You all may want to consider the word Exceptionalism and consider how it contributed to the positive advancement of mankind and what Country and Gov. was the greatest contributor ?

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

I would say strategically different and open minded beyond some people's comprehension.

David France
David France

We need a restart! They all need to go! They are bloated and fat! Send them all packing and start over! This time fill the government with real people, LIKE YOU! I mean it!

Alex_G
Alex_G

I know Rand took a lot of flack from Paul supporters when he endorsed Romney, might be the biggest difference for many voters

Joe Moore
Joe Moore

They are very different. Ron is a philosopher, Rand is a politician.

Peggy Shannon Crawford
Peggy Shannon Crawford

I do respect and support Rand Paul. He thinks for himself and uses logic and common sense, which is hard to find in Washington.

highammichael
highammichael

Rand Paul appeals to a broader base by not being as adamant about libertarian ideals, which can be a good and bad thing I suppose. 

Dave J.
Dave J.

Very different !!! It doesnt look as though Ron cares to much for his sons political views. When asked about his sons political stance he usually declines to comment or says he doesnt keep up with what his son is doing politically. Ron is the man & Rand is an idiot !

PootyT
PootyT

@Roger Dodger Do what?

JonathanJamesRychart
JonathanJamesRychart

In theory I agree with you, because I think you do have to do things slowly; however, I'm not sure Rand would be stopping the car, too quickly or not. His differences from the elder regarding military forces are my largest concern. Also, I don't think the younger Paul has quite the same grasp of economics and human nature. Still, far better than most others, for sure. I'd have no problem voting for him.

mainone82
mainone82

I disagree. We just need to change the way our politics work and be realistic. We have to stop promoting shallow thinking and start progressing by not being such capitalist oppressors. Lobbyists, corporations and crooked  politicians rule this land. Time to change the direction and start trusting in new ideals, not fallacies. Do you want anarchy that progresses into a government? Ask the middle east how that's going. Read into the libertarian platform and come back to this statement.

LanceBrettCutler
LanceBrettCutler

@Derek Knudsen-
fdr= pearl harbor
cuz fdr wanted us 2 get involved in ww2
thats actually the xact opposite of isolationism
pearl harbor was a direct result of fdr's oil embargo on japan n his lend lease act
so in reality, if that jacknob had been xrcising isolationism, pearl harbor nevva wouldve happend

SevensOrtiz
SevensOrtiz

@Derek Knudsen so instead of bringing back the armed forces back and have their paychecks spent on US soil, or you would rather them bankrupt the united states with the ever increasing "wars" under the current command. 

mainone82
mainone82

Why are they bad? What evil are they promoting by trying to be less oppressive and more about peoples freedoms? Why is the dismantling of the capitalist agenda such a bad thing?