My libertarian side sees what he is doing and agrees. I would love to take away the 'gotcha'- first debate questions, put out from a Candy Crowley type. By diffusing the progressive machine -by even a Cruz type candidate- saying that abortion and marriage is a states issue. Think about it...the media and the left are the ones who even put such a ridiculous question out there, to 'define the definition of marriage.' It is not for the progressives or government to define. I was filling out paper work the other day and it was full of 'significant other' choices. So, gay people can still be their SO's beneficiary. They don't want marriage defined for any other reason than empowering what they are doing and demoralizing others.
I don't think it is cowering to any high moral standard to throw a wrench in their gotchas. I am not all sure Rand can pull this off. I have concerns his foreign policies are mirrored to the progressives but worse, like his fathers. Remember when the debate question was who is your hero? Remember how W. Bush answered? He said without hesitation, Jesus Christ and he won. I don't think our countries morals have changed a bit from this. I do think the media succeeded in making the good guy the bad guy. The conservative caucus the extreme and the progressive caucus the cool accepted majority. So, if Candy asks the candidates about how marriage is defined or about abortion, refer to them as states rights while being pro-life. Like it, or not there are a lot of independents that don't want the social issues in big government.