Cenk Uygur: “I’d Lay Money on Rand Paul Being the Next President”


Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, has predicted who he thinks will win the presidency in 2016. And it probably isn’t who you’d think it would be. Uygur, who is a progressive, believes Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will be the next occupant in the Oval Office.

“If I was a betting man, and I am, and there was a site where I could bet on politics, and there used to be… I wish that site was still around because right now I’d lay money on Rand Paul being the next president,” he said.

Uygur said you’d “get great odds” on this bet.

“The reality is, he now stands about a 25% chance of winning the whole enchilada,” he said. “By the time we have the 2016 election, the mess in the Middle East will be much worse. Our bombing will not have worked. And we will have unleashed even more hell and more trouble.”

He also said Paul “knows how to compromise, he knows when to put out a statement that he knows is going to help him politically”, which he suggested his father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), did not.

“Rand Paul says no, ISIS is horrible and I support bombing ISIS, but I would have asked for a Congressional authorization,” he said. “And then he makes crucial distinctions of how he would have supported the fight against ISIS, so he can turn around and say yeah I was for fighting ISIS. And when it goes wrong, he has a legitimate claim to say see I told you we shouldn’t have been bombing ISIS in the ways that we did. And that’s clever. And might be prescient. Watch out for Rand Paul, or maybe don’t, maybe watch out for Hillary Clinton. All of a sudden national politics is a little bit interesting, it’s not absolutely clear who you should vote for.”

He may be on to something. A recent poll found Paul would win the New Hampshire primary. Controlling for other factors, a victory in The Granite State increases a candidate’s share of the primary count nationally by 27 percent. So an early victory like this could propel him toward a successful campaign in the Republican primaries and match him up with Hillary Clinton., who is currently the Democratic frontrunner by an overwhelming margin in New Hampshire.

What do you think? Will Paul be the next president?