Rand Paul Channels Charlie Sheen: ‘Winning, Winning’

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Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, in Washington, D.C.

Remember Charlie Sheen?

“Winning… winning!”

Sen. Rand Paul does.

I kind of feel like that — I think we are winning — and I’m not on any drugs,” Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told an audience in Virginia.

On questions such as the government’s surveillance of telephone and Internet traffic — or the elimination of minimum mandatory prison sentences for drug possession that have imprisoned many young black men, he suggests, there is more than a core base of  libertarians responding to the message that he and other Republicans are selling.

“I think we are winning in the sense that the public is with us, it’s just not us, the remnants or the hard core, but I think the public is, in general, with us on these issues,” Paul, one of the Republicans with his eyes on 2016, told the Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly yesterday.

“I think also that from a partisan point of view as a Republican, theses are ways we grow the Republican Party,” he said. “If we want a transformational election where Republicans become the dominate party…we could become the party that doesn’t believe in big government surveillance.

“Who is probably the least likely to protect your privacy among Democrats?” he asked. “Hillary Clinton.”

And no, he said, he’s not crazy.

“Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy… He was going around, jumping around saying ‘Winning, winning, we’re winning,'”Paul said.  “Well I kind of feel like that.”


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