May 15th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Rand Paul to run for Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Dr. Rand Paul, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, announced Thursday night that he is forming an exploratory committee to to challenge Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning in a Republican primary.

Paul made the announcement Thursday night on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show.

Paul had said previously that he would not throw his hat in the ring if Bunning decided to run for reelection. Bunning - seen as one of the weakest Republicans in the 2010 race - has said that he will run again, but Paul said he doesn't necessarily trust that the two-term Kentucky senator will follow through.

"I think the problem is that every time a reporter asks Jim Bunning, are you running, their follow up question is, Jim, are you really running," Paul said. He said Bunning has done some "unusual things" and said, "What I hate to see is a politician who might go all the way up to the deadline and pull their papers out an hour before and then you have one candidate and there's no real primary."

Since his announcement, Paul said he has raised over $12,000, according to his campaign Web site. Paul's conservative views are very similar to those of his father, who garnered a major grassroots following during his run for president last year.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Wayde

    If you can create more jobs than this stimulus and make sure that the stimulus money being spent on liberal social programs STOPS IMMEDIATELY, you have my vote...I dont care if youre republican or democrat

    May 15, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Dace Tucson

    At least his brand of republicanism doesn't love torture and hate minorities – especially gays, and seeks to implement a theocracy to regulate all of our lives according to the sick right wing interpretation of the Bible – like the Islamic extremists. But we still need a Democrat in that seat.

    May 15, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    This is great for Ron Paul.

    But righ now the more important issue is the “noise” is being raised by Newt Gingrich and the Republicans - once again trying to stone wall any investigation of illegal activities by the Bush Administration.

    Newt Gingrich is the guy who tied up our government for 7 years and wasted nearly a billion dollars investigating whether someone gave Bill Clinton a blow job in the White House.

    This is the Newt Gingrich who himself was keeping an illicit concubine while he was chasing after Clinton and singing the right-wing Christian “holier than thou mantra”!

    To the newbie to politics: this is the not first time the Republicans have tried to stonewall a criminal investigation of their party by throwing up a wall of noise. This is the same tactic they used when Nixon turned the Whitehouse into a gang of burglars, and then issued him a pardon. Sound familiar?

    Forget the “noise”. The ONLY real question here is: Did the Whitehouse use illegal torture to try to coerce an Iraqi Politician into a false admission that Hussein was connected with Alcaida?

    Mr. Rightwing Mouth and Adulterer Gingrich should stop being a treasonous accomplice to high crimes by the Bush Administration.

    May 15, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Josh

    Awesome! We need more liberty lovers in government who respect the constitution and work for the better meant of the people, not themselves!

    May 15, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Geez

    Oh Lord, this is one too many Pauls for my tastes. Just like two Bush's is way OVER the limit as well.

    May 15, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Susan

    If he has the same beliefs and qualities as his father, then I hope he runs and wins. I wish Ron Paul would have been the Republican candidate for last years presidential election. He speaks common sense and has a good head on his shoulders. We need people that are practical and capable of making sound decisions.

    May 15, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Go Rand Go, we need you now more than ever.

    May 15, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He sounds just like his dad.

    May 15, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. vasudeo

    Every body in politics, in government, democrat, republicans,bakers, always lie. No body is honest and ever tell truth. It is from top to bottom. From President down to any body, could be news reporter, any media
    person all are same. There no need to find who is telling truth. It will be waste of efforts.

    May 15, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. the rector

    Ah what might have been. Good luck to the younger Paul, and best wishes to his honorable father, who actually would have brought real change that we could believe in to Washington. Obama is the polar opposite of a reformer, he is the lap dog of the banks, and it is painfully obvious, too late.

    May 15, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. P from CA

    Bunning for Paul no real win

    May 15, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. ClassicalLiberal

    We're behind you 100% Rand...and not just Kentuckians, even some of us out here on the west coast. It was my pleasure to donate my hard earned dollars to you last night and more will be coming. I wish you the best of luck.

    In Liberty,


    May 15, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. DaBird

    Dr. Paul must not be very smart for appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show. Her audience consists of about 238 left wing nuts who wouldn't vote for him anyway. I question his decision making abilities for that alone.

    May 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. James

    Hura, finally we are getting a real conservative in the senate?

    May 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. GOP Disaster

    If Rand Paul wins the Senate Seat he could be the GOP nominee in 2016.

    May 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Gary

    I watched his appearance on the Rachel Maddow show last night. Just another Republican. Couldn't even get the name of the Democratic Party right.

    May 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. NVa for Progress

    I haven't voted for a Repub since the Newt's contract on America. If they can replace the current wasted load of angry, arrogant, and ignorant old people with normal people I would consider voting for a non-invasive Republican like Dr. Paul.
    Extremism from any and all religions is, and has been, the greatest threat to the human species.
    "We have seen the enemy and he is us."

    May 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. MikeH


    Many millions watch The Rachel Maddow show, not all are 'left wing nuts', although I think the 'left wing nut' audience is a lot bigger than 238. I know it's a intellectual challenge for you, but try to do better research.

    I bet you watch the right wing Glen Beck wacko rant for all your 'facts', he's a favorite of the mentally-ill faction of the Republican party (most of them).

    May 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Cindy

    I am happy to see him run and hope he wins the election. I'm sick of the fsacist, liberals. "Liberals", what a contradiction of term, they are the ones who want to control everyone else who doesn't agree with them. It shows through every time I read their hate spewing comments in i-reports or just under, add a comment. The religous right they are so vehmenant towards believe in freedom of choices that are morally upheld in our countries constitution. The constitution of the United States of America; love it or leave it- please!!!!

    May 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. B.H.

    I am not a Republican, but I listened to him last night and he sounds like a- new generation- of thinkers that the GOP should listen to.

    They won’t though..

    May 15, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Bill

    If he has his father's principles, I'm all for it!

    May 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Eric

    Dabird, you really show you have a volatile brain.

    To show up on Maddow is to demonstrate this guy is able to sustain an argument even with someone from the left, someone with who he shares most positions on social issues anyway. Your partisan politics only demonstrate your ignorance and you incapability to argue beyond your right-wing sandbox. Pathetic.

    May 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. hongshen

    son of liberty

    May 15, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Nick

    Go, Rand!

    May 15, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Sean

    What part of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the federal government to be the employer of last resort? Please cite the relevant section. If you can.

    May 15, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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