Boston College Expert: Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
KAY LEHMAN SCHLOZMAN
BOSTON COLLEGE MOAKLEY PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
Kay Lehman Schlozman is the Moakley Professor of Political Science whose principal research focus is citizen participation in American politics. She also has expertise in broad areas of American political life; parties and elections, interest groups, voting and public opinion, political movements, money in politics, and the gender gap in citizen political activity. Professor Schlozman is the co-author of five books, including The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and The Broken Promise of American Democracy. She is also the editor of Elections in America and was the chair of the American Political Science Association's section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior.
“He does bring something different from the more Libertarian slant to the Republican set of choices.
With his somewhat more Libertarian bent, Rand Paul brings something different than what some of the more social issues oriented candidates bring to the table. He fills a bit of a niche that some of the others don’t.
The one thing some Senate candidates can claim, like John Kerry, is an intimate knowledge of foreign affairs. But as a first-term junior senator who hasn’t had a lot of influence on output at a time when the parties are at loggerheads, Rand Paul’s foreign policy experience is limited. On the other hand, in 2008, a presidential candidate from the Senate who wasn’t very tested made it.”
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