Rand Paul: The next and last GOP nominee?

If the Kentucky senator is the Republican Party's standard bearer in 2016, it is not inconceivable that he could destroy the party

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is for real. He currently leads the Republican field in the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary, and places a close second among Republican voters nationally. It's still very, very early to be making 2016 predictions, but it's undeniable that Paul is a real contender.

And yet... there's no getting around the fact that Paul holds views that are anathema to many other Republicans, especially when it comes to foreign policy.

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