WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher, said that a 2016 presidential nomination for highly-favored Democrat Hilary Clinton would have him “considering the Republican product” – specifically Sen. Rand Paul.
The outspoken liberal-leaning comedian has taken his fair share of shots at the GOP, but he said the libertarian leanings of Kentucky Republican Rand Paul make him an appealing 2016 presidential candidate.
“Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me. Rand Paul could possibly get my vote,” Maher told The Hill in an interview.
Maher noted Paul – and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul – for “the guts” to express their anti-interventionist foreign policy views in a Republican Party dominated by international “hawks.” Maher also said that potential Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton is too “warlike” for his tastes.
“As I always used to say about his father, I love half of him. I love the half of him that has the guts to say we should end the American empire, pull the troops home, stop getting involved in every foreign entanglement… He’s way less of a hawk than Hillary, and that appeals to me a lot because I’m not crazy about how warlike she is.”
When pressed about his $1 million donation to an Obama super PAC in 2012, Maher said he would likely not be doing the same for a Hilary Clinton PAC.
“First of all, I’m not as big a fan of Hillary as I am of Obama. So we’ll see who’s running. I’m not even committing to being for Hillary.”
When asked to pick a “leaning” between either of the potential 2016 candidates – neither has announced official presidential runs – Maher responded, “I wouldn’t say leaning, but I would say for the first time in a long time I’d be considering the Republican product. I might choose their toothpaste when I’m in the aisle.”
A Parade Magazine interview with Maher showed that the longtime comedian is dissatisfied with the left and the way that “political correctness has gotten even worse,” adding “there is absolutely nothing that can’t be attacked.”
Maher described his connection to libertarianism. “Well, this is a word I used 20 years ago like twice and the label has stuck. If by libertarian you mean a very basic notion that we should be able to do whatever we want to do, as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody else, yes, I’m a libertarian.”
But added he is only a libertarian do a degree.
“If you’re talking about the sort of radical version of libertarianism that’s been taken up by people like Ron Paul, where we don’t have meat inspectors because if someone dies from tainted meat, then no one will patronize that meat company anymore, that’s insane. I am a libertarian to a degree. Not to the degree where I want to get rid of stop signs and traffic lights because they’re infringing on my freedoms to fly right through the windshield.”