Rand Paul announces 2016 campaign
May 25th, 2013
12:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Rand Paul announces 2016 campaign

(CNN) - He's running.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Friday he will be on ballots in November 2016, but he told voters in his home state that they might be the only ones with a chance to vote for him.

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The freshman Republican senator was returning to Kentucky from visits to a trio of states that hold sway in the presidential nominating process, visits which further stoked the speculation about his presidential interests. He indicated his intention to be on the ballot for re-election that year, but downplayed any White House ambitions.

"For now, (what) we know for sure is we're going to run for the U.S. Senate," he said, according to a report from The Independent. "The other decision can come later."

Paul posted online a link to a separate report on his appearance at the Woodford County Republican Dinner, one which did not include the quote. Both articles noted state law allows him to run simultaneously for the White House and re-election to his Senate seat.

Earlier this week he spoke at a GOP fundraising dinner in New Hampshire and before that appeared at events in Iowa and South Carolina.

He has been upfront with his interest in potentially running for the White House, but at the dinner in New Hampshire focused his attention on the party.

"We've had a lot of friends up here for years," he said, "but the main thing right now is to not talk about me so much, but rather how to grow the party."

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Mark Preston contributed to this report

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    And there he is with Bachman, Cruz, and the other baggers - announcing he will run for President in Kentucky - what? No other states? 'Scuse me while I puke.

    May 25, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. plain&simple

    Grow the party??? Extremists aren't growing on trees....thank God. Maybe isolating the party is a better mantra!!!

    May 25, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. roro

    God Help Us!

    May 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. T

    .....That noise you hear getting louder and louder.........is Rand Paul ticket ................NOSEDIVING.............into the sea.......

    May 25, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. g

    flush that money down the toilet

    May 25, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    So he's definitely running for the Senate.

    So what?

    May 25, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop can't even rig the elections good enough to win. Maybe that should tell your on the way out and no normal voters listen to your lies and bs propaganda anymore,your done, take your ball and go home ,losers!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. yerdarntootin

    Well – plenty of fodder for comedians.

    May 25, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. HBsushi

    God forbid that he runs ! There is no way he would ever be elected !

    May 25, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Let the Republican comedy of errors star early. Comedy is good for the heart.

    May 25, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Kevin1

    Rand Paul, let me be the first person in American to tell you

    Mr. Paul your father was, and is still well Respected by me,
    but I can't believe how Far from the Tree you Sir have Fallen.

    To the citizen of Kentucky, A Great State. Why would you chose
    to short change yourself with this man, who clearly don't have
    any clear understanding on How To Govern.

    Kentucky You Deserve Better!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Patrick in Minnesota

    Best of luck, NOT!!

    May 25, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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