Senator Rand Paul talks with USC students about social media and politics
Students interacted with Sen. Paul by asking questions via Twitter.
Students took pictures with Sen. Paul after he spoke with them.
By Jenny Iler
Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) spoke to USC students about fiscal policy, the national debt and his cowboy boots. There was standing room only in the Gressette Room off of the historic Horseshoe as Paul addressed a crowd full of students that were 50 people over maximum capacity.
Paul told the crowd the Republican Party needs to appeal to a more diverse group of individuals and focus on the privacy issues young people care about. In hopes to keep the students engaged and interested, Paul invited them to ask him questions on Twitter using the #USCAskRand.
He joked with students and answered silly questions like, "Where did you get your cowboy boots?" but also answered questions on serious topics. He discussed ISIS, student loans, and prejudice against minorities.
USC political science major Christopher Wolfe was impressed with the discussion.
"Would I vote for Senator Rand Paul for President? Yes, I totally would. Why? I would vote for him because I believe he can capture a wide array of politics, he said.
Paul said the Republican Party needs to grow by adding people with different ideas to have a bigger role in today's politics. That's one of the things Wolfe liked about Paul's plan.
"To [take control of the House, Senate, and White House] you must extend to all aspects of people and I think that's really, really, really what America needs."
Sen. Paul followed up his South Carolina swing with visits to the College of Charleston and The Citadel after his visit to USC. He said he had not decided whether or not to seek the Republican nomination to run for President in 2016.