Sen. Rand Paul will travel to Michigan on Saturday to boost the Republican Party's brand in a traditionally blue state ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
“Michigan is one of those states that can go either way, that we need to keep growing our presence in,” Paul told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. “For the presidency, we’re struggling in Michigan, and I think we still need to bring our messages to Michigan, Ohio, to the Great Lakes states.”
Paul, widely believed to be weighing a bid for president in 2016, will speak at a Republican meeting at Mackinac Island. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, two other potential GOP presidential candidates, also will speak at the gathering.
In his remarks at the conference, Paul plans to address some of the foreign policy and national security issues he has helped bring to the forefront of the national conversation.
“I think there are a lot of issues that prove the old Republican Party is becoming a new Republican Party, and I think some of that is foreign policy,” Paul said.
Paul has been a leading, vocal opponent of President Obama's initial call for a military strike against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians by President Bashar Assad's regime. Paul even staged a public response to Obama's address to the nation about Syria, an unusual step likely to help cement his Image as a political foil on the issue.