PoliticsNation | January 29, 2013
>>> we tackle some serious issues on this show. but tonight we try to find that special someone for philosopher ayn rand . her extreme libertarian view became popular in the 1940s and '50s. the basic idea, forget the poor, the old, the sick. it's every man for himself. and today's extreme crop of republicans just love her. so let's meet the contenders. here's candidate number one, senator rand paul.
>> i am a big fan of ayn rand . i've read all of her novels.
>> nice tribute. but is he any match for candidate number two, paul ryan .
>> the reason i got involved in public service by and large if i had to credit one thinking, one person, it would be ayn rand .
>> mr. ryan got into public service because of a woman who rejects thinking of others. she would love ryan's makers versus takers philosophy. but what about candidate three, senator ron johnson ?
>> what do you see as the differences between your ideas and the ideas of ayn rand ?
>> i'm not sure there are too many differences. but there's more to listen to senator johnson when he reveals what happened when a friend saw the statue of atlas.
>> there was this big statue on the side of the road for sale. it was atlas and had the world. it was obviously the atlas symbol. he was thinking about buying it. i said absolutely. i'll pay for half of it.
>> yes. he bought a statue in honor of rand's book. there's even photographic evidence. there they go. ladies and gentlemen , who will be the winner? who is the biggest ayn rand fan around? is it rand paul? paul ryan ? or ron johnson ? congratulations, senator johnson. you win the rose. how exciting. but do any of these guys think we'll be impressed that they push a philosophy to ignore people who aren't as lucky as them? that's okay for a book, but it has no place in reality. you can win as many roses as you want, we still got you.