Rand Paul announces run for White House

04/07/2015 09:38 AM

LOUISVILLE — After spending two-years traveling early primary states and re-imagining a more inclusive national GOP, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has made the announcement everyone knew was coming — he’s running for president.

Hours before his formal announcement of his run from the Galt House in Louisville, Paul broke the news on his campaign website.

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul wrote on his presidential bid on his campaign website.

The announcement makes Paul the second official entrant into the GOP primary joining Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Paul’s official campaign roll out comes with a new rallying cry from the freshman U.S. Senator: “Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.”

The Bowling Green Republican has attempted to refine his message to primary voters over the last two years walking a tight rope between his father, Ron Paul’s Libertarian supporters and base broadening pitch to minorities.

Paul has made stops to historically black colleges in an attempt to broaden the GOP base of support, and made his pitch to establishment GOP figures in states around the nation as the leader of a “new Republican Party.”

According to a review by the Louisville Courier-Journal Paul has visited 30 states

In Kentucky, Paul still has uncharted waters to navigate as the freshman Senator runs for re-election and the presidency. A state statute prevents Paul from running for two offices at the same time, but state Republicans are in the process of moving to a presidential primary to alleviate the problem — at least in the primary.

If Paul becomes the GOP nominee for the presidency it could leave Kentucky Republicans without a valid candidate on the ballot.

Starting Wednesday, Paul embarks on a four state roll out tour with stops in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada.

According to The New York Times other potential GOP entrants include: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former business executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



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