Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is interviewed in this week’s New York Times Magazine. He says he voted for his father for president in 2008, and he’s no fan of federal seatbelt regulation:

Dick Cheney has endorsed your opponent, Trey Grayson, calling him “the real conservative in this race.” And Senator Mitch McConnell, your fellow Kentuckian and the Senate minority leader, is also supporting Grayson.
I’ve extended the olive branch to Senator McConnell. I called him up and said I would meet with him even though he was working for my opponent.

And did he agree to see you?
We met privately in Louisville at Bowman Field. It’s just this little airport, and we met at a hangar, and I think he was on his way somewhere else.

Did you vote for Senator McCain in the last presidential election?
If I tell you, will you promise not to tell anyone?

I won’t tell anyone, other than my loyal readers.
I did a write-in.

So then you didn’t vote for Senator McCain. You did a write-in for your dad?

Mainstream Republicans seem concerned that their party is being taken over by “angry white guys,” as Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator, said. He doesn’t want you to hijack the Republican Party.
I think this quote you are reading is about my father and not me.

But in light of your distrust of the federal government, where are you on an issue like seat belts? Federal legislation requiring people to wear seat belts could obviously save lives.
I think the federal government shouldn’t be involved. I don’t want to live in a nanny state where people are telling me where I can go and what I can do.

You shouldn’t trivialize issues of health and safety by calling them nanny issues.
The question is, do you want to live in a nanny state where the government tells you what you can eat, where you can smoke, where you can live, what you can do, or would you rather have some freedom, and freedom means that things aren’t perfect?