Rand Paul has officially announced he will be running for President in 2016 as a ‘wild card’ Republican. What do you think?
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul officially announced Tuesday on his website that he will run for president in 2016, hours before an event in Louisville where he will formally launch what observers are already calling an unconventional campaign.
‘I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,’ he said in a posting at www.randpaul.com.
Donors and family members of Paul campaign insiders said Monday night at a pre-launch party that the ‘wild card’ senator would surprise much of the political establishment by being an ‘un-candidate’ who turned traditional campaign wisdom on its head.
Paul is set to begin his White House campaign in earnest on Tuesday, kicking off the presidential run with a rally in downtown Louisville, then jetting to early nominating states with a pitch aimed at the libertarian corners of the GOP.
Paul begins the 2016 race as the second fully declared candidate, behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, but he could face as many as 20 rivals for the nomination before the lead-off Iowa caucuses early next year.
‘I don’t care how many people run against him. He’s one of ours, and one of us,’ rally attendee Cathy Spitzer told Daily Mail Online. She said she made the 90-minute drive from Lexington, Ky. to see Paul’s big moment.
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