Paul has drawn some criticism recently from within his own party suggesting better access to citizenship for illegal immigrants and running afoul of more traditional conservative views on immigration. Paul has a perception as a more “libertarian” politician — his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, was a Libertarian Party presidential candidate — but noted that in this day and age, younger voters can be cynical about the motives of politicians and “crave someone who will be honest with them” and that some beliefs do cross party lines.
“Sometimes we’re partisan just to be partisan,” he said, “instead of saying, ‘Why don’t we just fix the problem?’”
Among some of Paul’s responses to specific questions were:
• In reference to a question by Pulaski County Property Valuation Administrator T.W. Todd on the discouragement of the “merchant class” and the tax burden on them compared to individuals who receive more government benefits than they pay in:
“I think people have to get correct information,” said Paul. “The president’s mantra over and over again is, ‘The rich need to pay their fair share.’ Well, maybe that’s true, but the thing is, aren’t they already paying their fair share is the real question. People that own their own businesses already are paying significant taxes.
“A lot of it is a misconception that some rich guy is paying zero percent,” he added. “If that’s true, I’m for fixing that too. I’m for getting rid of some deductions that allow that to happen, but that’s the exception to the rule. Most people are paying taxes, and those people in the business class are paying a significant amount of taxes. ... There’s something wrong with getting us to where we’re so pitted one person against another, and not knowing that our success is intertwined, that if our neighbor succeeds, we succeed.”