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April 27, 2014

Rand Paul: GOP must grow to win

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Paul also railed against government waste and overspending, emphasized the need to gradually raise the retirement age and criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for its handling of the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Paul is fighting to move beyond his father’s shadow and build new alliances with mainstream Republicans as he eyes a presidential bid in 2016. He said he doesn’t plan to announce whether he will run until after the November midterm elections.

On Friday, he attended a private luncheon hosted by top Romney campaign advisers. He’s also helped fellow Republicans across the political spectrum raise money, including on Saturday for Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who is widely considered a moderate.

Paul said that he’s working with people with various views within the GOP because winning elections is done by building coalitions.

“Some people think that we need to have a litmus test on everything and we need to separate out those aren’t pure enough,” he told The Associated Press. “I’m the opposite: I think we need to find our common ground in the Republican Party because we believe in some common things.”

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