Sen. Rand Paul speaks with the news media after delivering a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Dec. 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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January 13, 2015 3:59 PM EST

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is not pulling his punches over former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has indicated to donors and allies he is considering another bid for the White House in 2016.

In an interview with radio host John Gibson on Fox News Radio, the libertarian lawmaker called the former Massachusetts governor “yesterday’s news,” adding he doesn’t believe there’s room for a third act in politics.

“Well if he runs to the right of Jeb Bush he will still be to the left of the rest of the party, so it may be a difficult spot to occupy,” Paul told Gibson Tuesday, in a one-two punch in reference to reports Romney would seek to cast himself as the conservative alternative to the former Florida governor. “Look I like Gov. Romney. I like him personally, I think he’s a good person, I think he’s a great businessman. But, you know, that’s yesterday’s news. He’s tried twice. I don’t really think that there is a third time out there.”

Paul, who has all-but-officially declared a presidential campaign, said the Republican Party needs to focus on growing its base of supporters, an area where Romney did not excel in 2012.

“I think he did a lot of right,” Paul continued. “But in the end you’ve got to have a bigger constituency, you’ve got to get new people, you’ve got to get new people to win. And I think it’s just time that probably the party is going to be looking for someone fresh and new.”

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