The Washington Examiner’s Byron York asks, Will GOP’s new vision be shaped by Paul or Rubio? He reports that when they spoke this week at CPAC, Sen. Mario Rubio told Republicans “we don’t need a new idea” and declared that “traditions— traditional marriage, traditional values—are still good.”
In contrast, Sen. Rand Paul told the audience, crowded with his enthusiastic young supporters, “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” and that “Our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. The new GOP, the GOP that will win again, will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and personal sphere.”
Rubio comes out of the party’s social conservative wing, while Paul’s base is the smaller but faster-growing libertarian wing nurtured by his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, who opposed the anti-gay federal marriage amendment and supported allowing gay people to serve openly in the military.
Paul has not endorsed marriage equality, but it’s clear his vision is one that gay equality advocates could work with. The battle in the GOP is now engaged.