U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for the second year in a row.
In a short profile written by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Paul was described as “the libertarian champion.”
“Any political party worth its salt is always on the lookout for converts,” Kentucky’s senior senator wrote. “But no one in either party today brings the level of missionary zeal to the task that Rand Paul does. From Berkeley, Calif., to Detroit, my Kentucky colleague has been cheerfully clearing a path for Republican ideals in the unlikeliest precincts.”
McConnell wrote that the “real secret” to Paul’s rise is his authenticity, which is “obvious to anyone who has seen him come out of a D.C. television studio in Ray-Bans and shorts, or hold the Senate floor for half a day to get answers from an imperious White House.”
“Spend five minutes with Rand and it’s clear he doesn’t care what you look like or where you’re from,” McConnell said. “He’s beating the bushes for anyone who prizes liberty, and he’s forcing people to rethink the Republican Party. He’s showing them we’re as serious about the Bill of Rights today as we were in 1860, when another Kentucky Republican built our party’s first great coalition. He’s having fun too. And that’s contagious.”
Among others included in the “leaders” part of the list were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, profiled by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Secretary of State John Kerry, profiled by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and President Barack Obama, profiled by Time’s Joe Klein.