On MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, former Congressman and star Oklahoma University Quarterback J.C. Watts vociferously and energetically defended Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as the right man to be the next President of the United States. The conservative firebrand from Oklahoma was once thought of as a future candidate for President himself, but his ambitions took him down other roads. Now that Senator Paul is seeking the nomination, though, it seems that Watts is back in the politics game, which is great to see!
Well, Rand, Chris obviously has some libertarian leanings but I think he has the right perspective and I think he wants to do the right thing. And over the last two and a half years that I’ve been talking to him, that I’ve had his ear, I think he’s wanted to learn, and I think the things that he’s done he’s not just taken on just your typical conservative issues on the social side and on the economic side, but he’s gone much further than that and he’s gone into nontraditional constituencies.
I think he’s tried to be very consistent in striking up a dialogue with those nontraditional constituencies. And I think that’s what we need. You know, post-Jack Kemp, I’ve been looking for somebody that would offer up himself or herself to have this type of dialogue, more than a narrow constituency…
Again, he’s talked about things in the last four years that most conservatives would be afraid of getting voted off the island if they were talking about those type of things. And obviously he’s made some mistakes. He’s evolving. But I think he is honestly — he has honestly made the case to me that J.C., I want to have the right perspective, I want to learn, I want to go to the next — take the country to the next level in so many areas.
And, Chris, we’re so focused on the 30,000-foot level on so many of these issues that we don’t get down to the 300-foot level and have a dialogue, have a conversation, have deeper relationships, and I honestly think that he wants to do that.
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