Peter Thiel Talks Politics, Living Forever And The Need For The GOP To Get Smarter Reps

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Libertarian tech mogul Peter Thiel says the GOP needs to bolster its ranks with smarter people in Congress.

During an extensive interview with The Daily Caller, the PayPal founder and author of the new book “Zero To One: Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future” discussed his 2012 financial support for then-Senate candidate Ted Cruz.

“Well, I think he’s very smart,” Thiel said of Cruz, who is now the junior senator from Texas. “I think one of the challenges we have in the Republican Party is … our representatives, our senators, are somewhat lower IQ than the people on the other side. So I think there is something to be said for getting some really smart people in there.”

Besides his support for Cruz, Thiel was also a major donor to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential super PAC. Asked whom he would be more likely to support in the 2016 presidential race, Cruz or Paul’s son Sen. Rand Paul, Thiel said “they both would be strong candidates.”

In this segment of TheDC’s interview, Thiel also gives his view of the IRS scandal, the minimum wage, immigration reform and much more.

Check back Thursday to see part two of TheDC’s interview with Thiel.

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