North Carolina U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry said he’d like his constituents to see potential new presidential candidates like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
“From what I’ve heard other people, he brings in a different crowd, not just activists coming out, but new people, new faces come out,” McHenry told reporters during the House and Senate Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa., on Friday. McHenry represents the 10th District, from the Charlotte suburbs to Asheville.
McHenry made the same pitch for Paul in an interview with Luke Russert on MSNBC’s digital show, “The Briefing.” Russert said he imagined McHenry was would be an early supporter if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush runs.
“I don’t know about that. I’m very open about that,” McHenry replied, “I actually want to see Rand Paul in, the reaction my constituents have to him.”
McHenry, who’s part of the Republican House leadership as a chief deputy whip, also told Russert he has changed since he went to Congress a decade ago: “I came in as a rabble-rouser. I’m much more an institutionalist now.