Sen. Rand Paul promises a new type of Republican "will take on Washington" in pre-announcement video

04/06/2015 01:40 PM

A video extolling Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential prospects became the first posted to the junior senator’s 2016 YouTube channel on Sunday ahead of a likely campaign launch in Louisville.

The two-minute, 42-second hype video — also posted to Paul’s social media accounts and, a website started by the Rand Paul Victory Committee, a joint fundraising effort of the Bowling Green Republican’s presidential and Senate campaigns and political action committee RAND PAC — starts with a message that “a different kind of Republican will take on Washington” who will “defeat the Washington machine and unleash the American dream” on Tuesday, when many expect Paul to announce his presidential bid at a Galt House event.

The video, titled “A Different Kind of Republican Leader,” can be seen here:

Sergio Gor, a spokesman for Paul, declined to comment on the video.

Paul’s speech at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference is featured prominently in the video, in which Paul lays out his visions for matters such as the legislative process, term limits, balancing the federal budget and reaching African-American voters.

“Liberal policies have failed our inner cities,” Paul said in the February CPAC speech.

The video also includes a number of pundits praising the libertarian-minded Paul’s chances in next year’s GOP presidential primary as well as his actions while in the Senate, particularly his nearly 13-hour filibuster against the military use of unmanned drones in the Middle East.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity are among those talking heads in Paul’s video.

“He’s got the organization on the ground right now, he’s in all 50 states, he’s got young folks gravitating towards him, he’s got African-Americans taking a pause and looking at him,” Steele, the RNC’s first African-American chairman, says in the video.

Paul may be the second to formally enter the GOP presidential primary as his Senate colleague Ted Cruz, a first-term Texas senator who announced his candidacy last month. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is officially exploring a presidential run, and several others, such as Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are reportedly eyeing their own campaigns for the White House.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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