Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul strongly signaled Sunday that he’s interested in running for president in 2016, saying the Republican Party needs something different than “cookie-cutter conservatives.”

The Kentucky senator, who has been watching his star rise in the party and last weekend won the annual straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, stressed in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that he doesn’t know yet whether he will run for president.

But asked about his plans, he said he’s already talked with Republican National Committee leaders about the “things I think we need to do” to be competitive across the country. He said the party needs more libertarian policies — which Paul is known to stand for — in order to attract younger voters. Paul said it’s important to have a candidate who “would appeal across the left-right paradigms.”