LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WIAT) — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has announced that he is running on the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential race.
The conservative libertarian made the official announcement at a rally in Louisville. Paul said he is ready to fix Washington and, “rescue a great country now adrift.”
Paul isn’t wasting any time, kicking off a four-state campaign swing through New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.
Father Ron Paul is a former Texas congressman who ran for president three times. Although his father had a small and passionate following among libertarians, he never gained enough support within the Republican party to make a serious run. This is a mistake that Rand Paul hopes to avoid.
“This message of liberty is for all Americans,” Paul said. “Americans from all walks of life. The message of liberty, of opportunity and justice is for all Americans.”
Paul joins fellow senator Ted Cruz as the only major Republican candidates to formally announce their campaigns. A recent CNN/ORC poll showed Paul near the top of the GOP pack, with 12 percent of the vote.
In 2013, Paul held a 13 hour filibuster on the senate floor protesting the NSA’s collection of phone records. In what will likely be a crowded republican field, Paul hopes his unique voice stands out.
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