Rand Paul announces run for president
A tea party favorite and frequent contrarian against his party’s establishment, Paul is promising to continue his approach to politics.
Kicking off his presidential campaign, Sen. Rand Paul is telling supporters that "we’ve come to take our country back." He spoke about civil liberties and there was a sign that said "Defeat the Washington Machine." During his speech, Paul pledged to scrap "the Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms."
Paul is trying to get around a state law that bars a candidate from running for more than office at the same time. That would allow him to run for re-election in the Senate and for president at the same time.
On Sunday Paul released a campaign video that says he is a different kind of Republican. The video highlights speeches where he highlights his ideas on government and public policy.
Senator Rand Paul is the second GOP candidate to formally announce he is
running for president. The first was Texas senator Ted Cruz. He could face as many as 20 rivals for the GOP nomination. Each is trying to win the right to go head-to-head with Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Democratic National Convention Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said the following of Paul’s nomination in a press release:
"Rand Paul says he wants to unleash the American Dream but the only thing a Paul presidential candidacy unleashes is a massive lurch backwards to failed policies and narrow-minded extremism. He says he’s something different, but when you take a look, he’s the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful: good for the wealthiest few and bad for the middle class, and taking positions that are way outside the mainstream on issue after issue."
Paul is expected to immediately hit the campaign trail, starting with states that normally vote first in the primaries and caucuses like New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.