It is often observed that American presidential elections tend to be an application of Isaac Newton's Third Law of Physics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
In other words, we tend to elect presidents who contrast with their immediate predecessors.
To the degree that proves true in 2016, Senator Rand Paul (R - Kentucky) could face a difficult uphill climb should he opt to run. In at least one important rhetorical regard, he will encounter great difficulty distinguishing himself from the current White House occupant.
"While the prospects for tax reform in Washington are dim, as many as 20 Republican governors are moving forward with their own pro-growth tax-relief initiatives. This is on top of the 14 states, including Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, whose 2014 tax cuts will take effect this year. ...Texas is the model for many Republican governors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from December…[more]
—Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation Chief Economist, Writing in The Wall Street Journal
— Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation Chief Economist, Writing in The Wall Street Journal