Sen. Rand Paul captivates students at Harvard University

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April 25, 2014, 6:03 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Cambridge, Mass.) - "He's without question the Republican who best connects with millennial voters across the country," said Trey Grayson, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics.

And hundreds of those millennial voters, the college kids at Harvard, packed the room to hear Senator Rand Paul speak.

“I play golf on occasion with my local FBI agent. We have this discussion and it's like, I don't think you're a bad person, the same way I don't think the President's a bad person. But I don't want to give so much power. I want that power to be separated out and I want it to be in a balance,” Sen. Paul said.

The potential 2016 candidate to replace the President had no script, used no podium, and wore cowboy boots.

We reporters didn't get an opportunity to ask the 51-year-old first term Kentucky Senator questions, but students pushed him on the Affordable Care Act, abortion, immigration, and ways to strengthen the Republican Party.

“The Republican Party needs to look like the rest of America to have a chance. That means with tattoos and without tattoos, with earrings and without earrings, black, white, brown. You know you go to a Republican event and it's all white people. Not because we're excluding everybody, but we haven't done a good enough job encouraging people to come into our party,” Sen. Paul said.

The son of former presidential candidate Ron, is a man whose ideology is often termed Libertarian and who has the support of Tea Party Republicans.

But he and his supporters know he'll have to continue to broaden his base if he is to ascend the national stage.

Republican analyst Rob Eno says, Rand Paul is on the rise.

“He has a national network, he has his father's network. And you've got to remember, his father got over 20 percent up in New Hampshire. And all those people are still going to be there. They're going to be helping him. And he's not his dad, he's a more mainstream candidate,” said Eno, publisher of

Senator Paul also spoke to a group of ophthalmologists in Boston.

And he'll head to Maine Saturday, where he will speak at the state GOP convention.

He said he is considering a run for President in 2016, but has not made a final decision.

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