On Friday night, Bruce Jenner courageously told Diane Sawyer that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Bruce Jenner’s confirmation that he was transgendered, before a national television audience, was a major moment for the LGBT community. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was inspired by Bruce Jenner and sat down for an exclusive interview with James Rustad to discuss his own (political) transition.

Rustad says, “Senator Paul, are you ready?”

Rand Paul responds: “I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life, How do I tell my story? How I tell people what I’ve been through, and that day is today. I need the tissues – it’s gonna be kind of tough, but today’s the day.”

Paul admits: “I would say I’ve always been confused with my political identity since I’ve been this big.”

Paul discusses how he feels he was created: “Let’s give him the soul of a hawkish neo-con and see how he deals with that…I’m not stuck in any Libertarian body, I’m just who I am as a human being.”

Rustad asks: “Are you a run-of-the-mill Republican?”

Paul responds: “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a run-of-the-mill Republican.”

Rustad shows Senator Paul a budget (introduced by Paul in 2011 during his first year in the Senate) calling for a $164 billion cut in defense spending by 2016. At the time, Paul declared “Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined.” He called for a “draw-down and restructuring of the Department of Defense.”

Rustad then shows Senator Paul his recent budget amendment proposing for a nearly $190 billion infusion to the defense budget over the next two years (an increase of roughly 16 percent).

Rustad asks: “Who is that?”

Paul responds: “That is me. That is who I really am. For me, the priority is national defense. We must defend ourselves and American interests.”

Rustad: “Are you just making these changes to placate the angry base and throw a bone to the Warhawk establishment?”

Paul: “Don’t be silly, I would never do that, James. I am not an isolationist. I am going to change the world. I want to give the Kurds a country (Kurdistan) and arm them to battle ISIS and radical Islam. The organization referring to itself as the Islamic State has declared war on the United States and its allies. I introduced a “Declaration of War” against the Islamic State.”

Paul continues: “I was a very lonely little boy. I am still a lonely big boy. Those meanies Lindsey Graham and John McCain always pick on me in the Senate. I don’t socialize a lot. I’ve never fit in. When you deal with this issue you don’t fit in.”

Rustad asks “Are you a Libertarian?”

Paul responds: “You’re going back to the politics thing and it is apples and oranges. There are two different things here. I am personally attracted to the interventionist neoconservative viewpoint. But Libertarianism has to do with who you are as a person and your soul, and who you identify with inside, ok? With that said, this is the last interview I will do as a Libertarian.”

Rustad: “How does your father (former Texas Congressman Ron Paul) feel about all of this?”

Paul responds: “He cried the whole way home the night I told him. He thought it was just a passing phase. Maybe I could get some counseling and get over it. I told him that you don’t get over this.”

Rustad: “What bothered him the most?”

Paul: “My father believes that Congress should have oversight of the President’s negotiations with Iran, however he really questioned the intent of that letter I signed to Iran. He thinks that the people like Tom Cotton who were pushing that letter were putting up a roadblock to diplomacy between the United States and Iran. He thinks that the neo-cons want to have no negotiations and go straight to war.”


Paul continues: “It was tough on him. He’s a good man. I have no complaints with him. But I think that I am an upgraded version of him. It’s not that I want to act like a run-of-the-mill Republican, it’s that I’ve spent my whole life acting like a Libertarian. I am nothing if I can’t be me.”

Paul declares: “I want to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. I had this revelation that maybe this is my destiny in life. This is why God put me on this Earth. I’m really excited about the future and what I can do.”