- The Washington Times - Friday, October 10, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Thursday that middle- and working-class families suffering a failing economy under President Obama should give the GOP another chance in charge.

“The constituencies that voted for him aren’t doing very well,” Mr. Paul said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio. “If you are unemployed or underemployed, maybe you need to look to other people and new policies. Maybe you people need to give Republicans another chance if you want to improve the lot of people who are suffering.”

Mr. Paul said the president’s policies have left lower-income families in a squeeze, with low interest rates producing little gain from savings, pushing some investors into the stock market, which suffered a sharp downturn Thursday. Mr. Paul said that downturn could indicate a longer “correction” that could end up hitting investors hard in the wallet.

The potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate said the best solution to the economic crisis was to promote more free-market capitalism, “smaller government and bigger market place. Lower taxes and less regulation, more trade.”

Mr. Paul said his decision on running for the White House rests on family considerations and on whether he sees a chance of winning.

“I don’t want to do it if we don’t have a chance,” he said.

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