Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who is widely considered a leading potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, is opening up an office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In an interview with The San Francisco Chronicle, Paul said he was “in the process” of opening up the office and expected to be in the area “fairly often.”
“There’s a lot of smart people in Silicon Valley, and we want to use their brains to figure out how to win,” Paul said.
The Chronicle noted that Paul, whose office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, wasn’t specific about what exactly he wanted “to win.”
“Well, for the party, winning nationally,” Paul said. “My goal for the past year has been to try to widen the party message and make the party big enough to win nationally.”
Though it is traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Silicon Valley’s techie community has been seen as a potential base of support for Paul, a conservative with strong libertarian leanings.
This office isn’t Paul’s first attempt to connect with people in the Bay Area. He previously traveled to San Francisco in July, touting his techno-libertarian credentials in a speech in which he emphasised the need for tech education, expressed his support for Bitcoin, and criticised the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
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