While discussing Republicans‚Äô terrible approval ratings, Crowley had an odd question for Sen. Paul.
‚ÄúDo you see yourself at any point in the future being anything other than politically a member of the Republican Party?‚ÄĚ she asked.
‚ÄúYou mean ‚ÄĒ you‚Äôre implying a third party or some other party?‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúOr if you wanted to become a Democrat ‚ÄĒ there are lots of parties out there,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúJust wonder if you see yourself being anything other than a Republican?‚ÄĚ
Sen. Paul simply laughed.
‚ÄúNo. I‚Äôve always been a Republican, and I‚Äôm one of those people who actually is a real lover of the history of the Republican Party from the days of abolition to the days of civil rights. The Republican Party has a really rich history,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúIn our state, I‚Äôm really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democratic Party, so I am proud to be Republican. I can‚Äôt imagine being anything else,‚ÄĚ he added.
It‚Äôs worth noting that Sen. Paul has been critical of both parties, saying recently that neither one has handled the partial shutdown gracefully.