Does Sen. Paul Have Right Prescription for America?

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Could Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., be the next president of the United States? He's showing signs of running in 2016, but he's not your traditional Republican candidate.

After spending a few days with him and his family, you'll see why he may have a niche that has a chance of building a winning coalition.

The Kentucky lawmaker's historic 13-hour filibuster last month got everybody's attention -- including his son, Dustin, who heard about the news at school.

"I was at lunch and I was on Twitter on my phone and saw something about it. I wasn't that surprised," Duncan Paul told CBN News.

Nobody should have been surprised by the senator's ability to filibuster, especially on the subject of drone attacks.

"My wife will tell you I can drone on and on and on," Sen. Paul jokingly told CBN News.

He's also droned on about the current state of the Republican Party during a recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered," Paul said, drawing applause from the CPAC crowd.

Becky Johnson, a supporter of Paul's in Kentucky, says he is a breath of fresh air.

"I think Rand Paul has an attitude that we haven't seen in Washington in a very, very, very long time," she said.

Paul on War, Economy, Faith

The senator from Kentucky can't be put in a tidy little box. For example, he differs from the traditional GOP position on war.

"Part of Republicans' problems -- and frankly to tell you the truth some in the evangelical Christian movement I think -- have appeared too eager for war," the senator told CBN News at his home in Bowling Green, Ky.

But on economic matters, Paul is more conservative than many in his own party. It's a philosophy he lays out while visiting constituents in places like Somerset, Ky. 

"When people come to me they say 'Well you sound like you're against all government.' I say, no. I'm for $2.6 trillion worth of government," Paul said. "That's a lot of government. That's what comes in. I'm for spending what comes in and not borrowing."

Another layer that makes Paul unique is how he mixes his Libertarian views with his Christian faith. That way of thinking was on display at Somerset Christian School when he was discussing the issue of marriage.

"Marriage has always been a state issue," Paul said. "I think if you make it a federal issue we're going to lose every state… because I think the push is going the opposite direction in many states," Paul said.

But unlike some Libertarians, Paul is not for the legalization of drugs, although he believes that some drug sentences are too harsh. Additionally, he is firmly pro-life and supports prayer in local schools.

"I think people do misinterpret the First Amendment," he said. "They think the First Amendment was somehow to say that your local school would never have a prayer in it and I think that's wrong."

Paul is a deep thinker, with his politics influenced by Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek and Ayn Rand, who was considered anti-God.

'Revival Won't Come via Politics'

But ultimately, his libertarian conservative views filter through a biblical lens. He became a Christian when he was a teenager.

"Yes, I do have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ," Paul told the Somerset Christian School audience.

But he told CBN News that much like his father, he doesn't wear his faith on his sleeve.

"Mine has never been one that I felt like it was going to be my role to convert people," he said.

Still, he's not shying away from speaking boldly about the spiritual condition of America, as he made clear during an interview at his home in Bowling Green.

"It [America] needs resurgence through churches, through revivals, through a spiritual cleansing of the people," Rand told CBN News. "It's not a politician that's going to save the country. It's not any preacher who's going to save the country. It's people finding salvation, but people need to realize that's not in politics."

His wife, Kelley, shares that view. The Pauls are regular members of their Methodist church, and she relies deeply on her faith.

"Anything can happen any day," Kelly Paul said. "Any moment you can lose everything except for your soul and your relationship with God. It is the only permanent thing."

A White House Bid?

Being a United States senator may not be a permanent thing for Rand Paul. He'll be in New Hampshire and Iowa in the next couple months, fueling speculation that a presidential run is just around the corner.

Paul says he's going to consider that option but frankly admitted, "I have to ask my wife!"

Kelley Paul said it would be something she'd consider signing up for but doesn't let her mind go there -- for now.

"If I were spinning out, imagining what we're going to be doing two years from now, I think  I would probably not be on board," she said.

So for now, Rand Paul is content to just hit the road around Kentucky and America, preaching his Tea Party message to anyone who will listen because at his core, he's just an eye doctor from Bowling Green who thinks he just may have the right prescription for America.

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