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PARTY: Republican

BORN: January 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rand Paul

What he’s got: Built-in activist base; distinctive quasi-libertarian orientation; manifest intelligence and political agility; understanding of need to attract voters not currently part of the Republican coalition.

What he lacks: Thick skin to deal with criticism and tough questions from rivals and the press; hands-on foreign policy and/or management experience; a substantial record of legislative accomplishments.

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In college, Paul invented a deity named “Aqua Buddha” and was in a pseudo-frat that Baylor University called “lewd, crude, and grossly sacrilegious.”


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