SIMI VALLEY, Calif. â€” Sen. Rand Paul put a palatable price tag on federal spending Friday night â€” precisely.
The Kentucky Republican said Uncle Samâ€™s acceptable payout peg is is â€œactually for $2.6 trillion dollarsâ€™ worth of government.â€
The rising libertarian star and potential 2016 presidential candidate laid down the spending marker during a defining policy speech on the home turf of a Republican icon, former President Ronald Reagan.
â€œSometimes conservatives get tagged as being against all government,â€ Mr. Paul told an audience packed with supporters as well as skeptics at the Reagan Library here, an hour northeast of Los Angeles.
â€œIâ€™m not against all government. Iâ€™m actually for $2.6 trillion dollars worth,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m for spending what comes in, but nothing in excess of what comes in.â€
Most conservative Republicans tell conservative audiences what they want to hear, however improbable the goal of actually shrinking government.
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