Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday urged Republicans not to settle for insufficiently conservative GOP candidates.
The potential presidential candidate began his speech in front of a packed crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference by painting a picture of a new America under a good and just leader.
“You might think I’m talking about electing Republicans; I’m not,” Paul said. “I’m talking about electing friends of liberty.”
Paul added: “It’s not good enough to elect the lesser of two evils.”
Paul isn’t the first speaker at CPAC to offer this message. Both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) attacked previous GOP presidential candidates for not being conservative enough. Cruz even called them out by name.
Paul said Republicans should not “meekly dilute our message.”