Rand Paul headed to first-in-the-nation primary state
April 3rd, 2013
06:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul headed to first-in-the-nation primary state

(CNN) - New Hampshire, site of the traditional first-in-the-nation presidential primary, will play host to Sen. Rand Paul in May, making the Kentucky Republican the first potential 2016 presidential hopeful to visit the Granite State.

Paul will headline the annual New Hampshire GOP Liberty Dinner May 20. His trip to the state will come a week and a half after a trip to Iowa – home of the first-in-the-nation caucus – where he'll deliver a keynote at the state GOP's Lincoln Day dinner.

"Senator Rand Paul has been a leader in the fight for smaller government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in Washington. He has taken a strong and principled stand against intrusive government and fought to preserve our constitutional liberties and personal freedoms. I am honored that Senator Paul has agreed to address our party and I look forward to welcoming him to the Granite State," NH GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn wrote in a statement.

Paul garnered a fervent conservative response to his filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee to become CIA chief earlier this year, and won the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll last month.

While New Hampshire hasn't yet made it onto other potential candidates' itineraries, two other suspected Republican hopefuls will head to Iowa in the coming weeks. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who made a White House bid in 2012, will speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's spring meeting on April 15.

And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will headline the May 23 Polk County, Iowa Republican party fundraising dinner.

South Carolina, which hosts the first-in-the-South presidential primary, will be visited by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Vice President Joe Biden in the next month, and in March hosted Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley. All three are considered potential presidential contenders – Cruz for the Republican nomination, and Biden and O'Malley for the Democratic.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Whatever!!!!! I'd rather watch paint dry while hearing fingernails go down a chalkboard than care about Ayn Rand's namesake.

    April 3, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. norma jean

    THIS being the middle of 2013....i'd say that Rand Paul is getting a little ahead of himself by beginning the trek to 2016. now .. THE THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN........CHANGES MADE..... OLD PEOPLE LEAVING OFFICE........NEW YOUNG ONES SHOW ING UP,,.....,,HE COULD BE FORGOTTEN BEFORE HE EVER GETS THERE!!!!...
    .

    April 3, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Bill

    The Aqua Buddha is a gift to the democrats. Run, Buddha, run.

    April 3, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    It's great to see the gop losers out early in spite have having 0 chance of sucess in 2016 or 2014 mid terms ,forget about it !!!!

    April 3, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Name Carl

    Hopes are that Hillary Clinton will take the white House in 2016. Clinton will get our votes.

    April 3, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. T

    ...........I know where Paul is headed..............to form his OWN Libertarian Party........and get a total of 8% of the vote.

    April 3, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. king

    Ahh the teapubs and their trickle downpolicies, i wonder how many of will sign grove norquist of not governing, with tax hike, then ask the american people to chose half a president.

    April 3, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein

    This is too early. We don't know if Rand Paul's career will burn out when he admits to supporting things like NOW and the ACLU.

    April 3, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Yawn! Ho Hum! Just the first politician on the list of mediocre candidates who can't win over moderates, independents, young, minority, and women voters. If the Republicans are trying to rebrand itself, why are they running the same old candidates?

    April 3, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Flagship, NC

    "Senator Rand Paul has been a leader in the fight for smaller government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in Washington."

    How about Rand Paul spending some of his time trying to get the people of his state (Kentucky) off some of the highest welfare and food stamps reciepents in the nation. I think it is high time for Kentucky to show some fiscal responsibility!!!!
    This state uses way, way, way more money from Washington than it sends to Washington.
    It is time for this guy to leave his high living throne and do some damn work! Everything is talk, talk talk for him.

    April 3, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Little fish in a big pond!

    April 4, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  12. Ken

    RANTING RAND? The first clown stepping into the GOP CLOWN CAR and he's as electable as his nutty father.

    April 4, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |