Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016
June 6th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
6 months ago

Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016

(CNN) - Rand Paul said the Kentucky law that prohibits candidates from appearing more than once on a ballot won’t stop him from running for president and his Senate seat in 2016, if he chooses to make a White House bid.

“We do think about it, but ultimately it's not something that will probably deter the process, if we make a decision," the Republican senator told the Associated Press on Thursday.

A bill that would allow Paul–and other candidates–to simultaneously run for two federal offices died in April when the Kentucky legislature adjourned for the year. The bill had passed the Republican-controlled state Senate, but stalled in the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives.

Paul is now actively campaigning to help Republicans retake the state House.

In the interview Thursday, the first-term senator also didn't rule out the idea of a court challenge.

"We haven't really decided, but that is an option," he said.

Paul wouldn't be the first presidential candidate to seek re-election to his current job at the same time. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan ran for re-election to his seat in 2012 while serving as the GOP vice presidential nominee on Mitt Romney's ticket. Then-Sen. Joe Biden also ran for re-election in Delaware while
simultaneously serving as then-Sen. Barack Obama's running mate in 2008. And then-Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Vice President Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 election, also ran for re-election to his Senate seat in Connecticut.
"Can you really have equal application of federal law if someone like Paul Ryan or Joe Lieberman can run for two offices but in Kentucky you would be disallowed?" Paul said. "It seems like it might not be equal application of the law to do that. But that means involving a court, and I don't think we've made a decision on that. I think the easier way is to clarify the law."

Another potential presidential candidate, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, has said he wouldn't seek to run for his Senate seat in 2016 if he campaigns for president.

“I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president,” he recently told ABC News. “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out."


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  1. Lily

    Am really tired of these politicians. It is always about them and no one else. Totally selfish and always thinking about themselves. At the beginning of the year when I heard Rand Paul talking, I thought he is a different politician. I was wrong. The more I hear from him, the more I find out that he is another politician like any other. Please go away.

    June 6, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. rs

    Yeah, so here's the Right, pounding away that Mr. Obama broke the law not notifying Congress, blah, blah, blah...and here is one of their own- someone who actually said Obama broke the law, announcing- you got it: the law doesn't apply to him.

    At least the President covered himself with a signing statement. Mr. Paul is just going to ignore it. Will we have outrange from the Right in this case of actual law breaking? Certainly not- that's the way they roll.

    June 6, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Really won't matter that he is not doing his job. The whole country is used to GOT'ers accomplishing nothing.

    June 6, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Oooops, Fast fingers strike again. Missed the "P" in GOTP. And where would they be without pee.

    June 6, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Hell no. He's above any law or constitutional edict, because he's who he is. He's better than the rest. He's just another republican, doing all he can to interpret the constitution in a way where advantage can be gained over any and all others.

    June 6, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Liberty's Lover

    Can't wait to see Rand Paul beat the pant suit off of Killery Clinton the war monger. Rand Paul is going to our next President, folks.
    -----------------------–
    You should change your screen name to -–> Rand Lubber

    June 6, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Why do so many pictures of Rand Paul make him look like he's holding his breath?

    June 6, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    How he ever was elected to any office, is beyond imaginations realm.

    June 6, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Lizzie

    I wonder if all of you say the same thing when there is a "D" behind the name

    June 6, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Marie MD

    @mary, what law did our twice elected president break? Faux news diarrhea of the mouth. All innuendos, half truths and lies.
    To the haters, this fake doctor couldn't beat his way out of a paper bag.

    June 6, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "Can you really have equal application of federal law if someone like Paul Ryan or Joe Lieberman can run for two offices but in Kentucky you would be disallowed?" Paul said.

    “I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president,” he recently told ABC News. “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out."
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    Will someone please remind the good senator about states' rights? Individual states are allowed to defined their own superset of qualifications, above and beyond the constitution, if they so wish. One common requirement added by many states is a residency requirement over a defined period of time.

    Marco Rubio made a funny comment. I still say let folks run for as many offices as they wish, but people should be restricted to voting for the candidate only once, either as POTUS or as a Senator, but not both.

    June 6, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Donna

    I wonder why the Democrat controlled House in Kentucky wants to deny the people of their a choice? Have they moved on from their IRS voter suppression tactics into new territory? Now it's candidate suppression?

    June 6, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. rs

    don in albuquerque

    Really won't matter that he is not doing his job. The whole country is used to GOT'ers accomplishing nothing.
    ______________________________
    There is an interesting observation lurking in your post that I might or might not be correct in reading. You're right that the GOP has come to personify "do-nothingness" which admittedly means the bar is pretty low for candidates and their vitas ("I slaughter hogs!"), but worse, it seems they won't be happy until they drag us all down to their level of no change, no betterment, no improvement- in fact they actually seem to relish the degradation of our government's functionality, and are promoting the breakdown of our society.

    June 6, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. rs

    don in albuquerque

    Oooops, Fast fingers strike again. Missed the "P" in GOTP. And where would they be without pee.
    ______________
    That would be the "trickle down" in their economic vision, right?

    June 6, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. rs

    Lizzie

    I wonder if all of you say the same thing when there is a "D" behind the name
    ____________________________
    But he doesn't. The Dems have some wingnuts but nothing in inventory like the Right does.

    June 6, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Marcus (from...?)

    'Liberty's Lover – Can't wait to see Rand Paul beat the pant suit off of Killery Clinton the war monger. Rand Paul is going to our next President, folks.'

    Another bubble-locked dude.
    MAYBE he has actual chances to get his name on the GOP ticket (Who knows? After the 'diagnosis' of yesterday does anything else the GOP does is able to impress me anymorer?). But it will all go down on November when the voters will say if they want extremists in Washington or not. If the answer is 'no', then he has the same chance a snowflake has in hell.
    Cue to the extremists in here say that I am talking about the (D) when I say 'extremists'...

    June 6, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. jim

    Rudy NYC

    "He does not intend to break the law, but rather to challenge it in court. It has been done before."

    Must be nice. I wish I could challenge some laws I don't like. But until then, it's the law.

    June 6, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    I wonder why the Democrat controlled House in Kentucky wants to deny the people of their a choice? Have they moved on from their IRS voter suppression tactics into new territory? Now it's candidate suppression?
    ----------
    Why won't the police allow me my choice to speed down the road at twice the speed limit?
    Conservatives use the words "choice" and "freedom" to justify pretty much anything they want.

    June 6, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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