During his speech Friday at CPAC 2014, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) didn’t shy away from his libertarian views:
“Imagine a time when our great country is governed by the Constitution, imagine a time when the White House is once again occupied by a friend of liberty,” he said. “You may think I’m talking about electing Republicans — I’m not, I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.”
That line would have been a slam-dunk for a conference of libertarians, but it drew a loud cheer from the standing-room-only crowd in the room.
In the past, Paul has slipped in his more libertarian views into a more big-tent conservative speech sprinkled in with a few few wise-cracking red-meat jokes.
This time, however, Paul focused on the issues his biggest supporters love him for: Civil libertiesand the right to privacy against an ever-intrusive federal government.
“What you do with your cell phones is none of their damn business,” Paul shouted, as the young people cheered and gave him a standing ovation.
With scandal and overreach running rampant in the Obama administration, many Americans are hungry for less government, more accountability, and a return to the Constitution. At least at CPAC, the proof is in the pudding: Sen. Paul won the presidential preference straw poll by a decisive 31 percent.
Watch Sen. Paul’s full speech below: