I hate to play thread necromancer here, but no. I could probably gather 10 people at a time from the 18-30 generation and maybe find one Ron Paul supporter in 7 tries. I knew a lot of younger voters who liked Ron Paul because he favored decriminalizing marijuana. Once you tell them the rest, about how he basically wants to destroy modern government, they realized they had little in common with Ron Paul. There are a few people in this generation that took things a bit too far (see Amash, Justin. Really though, he didn't capture the youth vote, but more the angry white people vote.) but they'll be weeded out in time. Unless Rand Paul does a 180 on the stances his dad took (and I assume he himself takes) on the EPA, DHS, DOEd, etc. It's unlikely he will win the youth vote, or siphon enough away to matter. Rand Paul might get 1-2% more of the white youth vote with that message, but that's all Ron Paul ever got. It's not enough to win the entire vote. Talking about "jobs" didn't help Mitt Romney, even though that seemed to be the only thing he ever talked about. The largest uphill battle that Rand Paul and others in the GOP will have to face is that R in front of their name. It's TOXIC. It's the symbol most people under the age of 40 see as the symbol of everything that went wrong with this country. Reagan was not a good president, Bush was worse, and the Rs gave rise to ***hats like Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Rove. The GOP has to completely rid itself of Reaganomics, and the neo-conservative movement that followed it. If the GOP makes a miraculous turn towards Rockefeller-Republicanism, it stands a chance. As long as it deifies Ronald Reagan, a man many under 40 see as a failure, not as one of the greatest presidents ever they will continue to lose. Richard Nixon one time proposed a guaranteed minimum income to replace social security and welfare. Can you imagine even a Democrat advocating for this today? Want the youth vote? This is how far the GOP has to go. Granted the basic income guarantee has it's roots in Friedman-esque libertarianism, but I doubt even Rand Paul believes in this kind of libertarianism. When you talk Foreign policy, Iraq, etc you know what the youth vote thinks first? George Bush, George Bush, George Bush. with that big fat red R in front of his name. Most people, even the youth really don't care about drones. What they're more afraid of is what a corporation will do with their info, and not the government. There is more fear and angst of the unknown corporation then there is of the government in today's youth. A lot of these arguments that are used against the government rarely work because the youth don't see the government as having the power, but the corporation as having the power. The GOP has some major major hurdles to overcome if they are going to be taken seriously by anyone under 40. They have to come out stronger against corporations They have to come out stronger in favor of the working class, working poor, and poor in general. The youth want a government that takes care of its people and protects them from forces that they themselves cannot be protected from by themselves. Government is not viewed as a force of evil to be squashed. but more as the last line of defense against an ever growing out of control corporate state that seems to be taking over all facets of our lives. When the Pauls talk about getting rid of the IRA, or the EPA the fear of youth isn't that they are wasteful, but that what corporation will get a handout to handle the affairs of the department this time? "The EPA brought to you by Georgia Pacific" is what the youth fear the most, and unless Rand Paul can radically change the perception of the GOP on that issue, he won't stand a chance. As it is, he's seen as nothing more than just another corporate plant, and that is Rand Paul's, and indeed all the GOP's problem. It's not the government, it's "Club for Growth", "Crossroads GPS" etc. that are killing the GOP.