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. luke,az

    When are the moderate republicans going to take back their party. Rand Paul is not the answer. The republican party is divided into 4 groups; moderates,evangelicals,tea partiers and ron pauls group. Let the circular firing squad commence !

    May 25, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. elucidated1

    Gee, how surprising. He's been running for years but NOW announces it? The problem for Paul is that his schtick satisfies the far right but US women and latinos are not amused and those are the groups that made the difference last Nov and will do it again in 2016. . .which Hillary smokes Paul and Chris "the biggest loser" Christie.

    May 25, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Freedom

    Yes we can

    May 25, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Liberty


    May 25, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Aloha

    Change, the kind you can believe in!

    May 25, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Thomas

    This guy is the very definition of self-serving

    May 25, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    What??? Say it ain't so!!! I'm so shocked!!

    The GOP are such hypocrites. They yelled until they were blue in the face that President Obama was too inexperienced, yet we're supposed to believe this dork that doesn't believe in civil rights is presidential material. What jokes they are.

    Please nominate Paul......
    Anthony Weiner could beat him!!

    May 25, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. robdashu

    It will be interesting to see how he polls nationally and to see what kind of platform he professes. Those familiar with some of his hard-core libertarian ideas may see them softened as he mover toward the center. Will he lose more than he gains by that kind of shift? The fun begins. And if he were to win, how would Congress behave?

    We are lucky to live in such interesting times.

    May 25, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Rand Paul, HA!! Good luck with that. especially with all those Tea people behind you. The majority of Americans hate tea people

    May 25, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Damien

    Sorry Rand you will not get much farther then your father

    May 25, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Richard in Houston

    Oh come on. Please. Everyone and there cousin knows you want to run.

    May 25, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. maf

    Please Mr. Paul – RUN for the Presidency!!! Start the GOP vetting process early. It will be fun to watch!!!

    May 25, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Chris Echo

    grow the party is a good idea. but it requires actions and positions that are currently eluding the GOP. I think he may not want to lose in 2016, and so far, the GOP has not done enough to attract a presidential election winning coalition, so will likely run in 2020.

    May 25, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Pete

    Hey Rand are you the driver of this republican clown car that'll eventually go over that cliff republicans keep chanting about ...Please hurry up going over there's more pressing business than that of imbeciles in republicans running for things that they know are unattainible like the presidency in 2016!!Hey you're talking about Hillarys position ,have fun wishin though!!

    May 25, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    Yawn.... he'll be about a successful as his father. And I had some respect for him.

    May 25, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    He is Not even qualified to be a cook in WH. True.

    May 25, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Blinded by the republican lie

    Run all you want dude...People with common sense will never vote for a RW whacko like you..especially people who have seen you in action..You will never get the minority vote...just teabaggers like yourself...Dream on son, dream on.

    May 25, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Jules

    Is his dad running, too? First clown in.

    May 25, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. J'Cincinnati'Redd


    May 25, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. sammy750

    One issue that is outstanding if the trashing of the teachers when Republicans got control of states and the House. They have taken away teachers pensions, cut wages and benefits and cut school programs. Republicans have been waging a war on teachers for the past few years. Now we know what a teacher can do in difficult times like in OK. saving kids lives. Teachers do care, but the Republicans do NOT. The USA voters must defeat Republicans in the states and nationially as the Republicans will destroy teachers and the educational systems. Vote smart and defeat Republicans both in the states and this nation.

    May 25, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Kentucky should be ashamed of sending America this foolish, radical, racist, moronic anarchist. It's like the good parts of Ron Paul were extracted and only the crazy parts left behind – to serve in the Senate representing Kentucky.

    May 25, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. John the Historian

    This Rand Paul will go nowhere like all Republicans. The Republicans are only the party of the Christian Right who want theocracy, ban all abortions even in cases of rape and incest and want to persecute the Gays and Lesbians, the party of the multinational billinaires like mormon cult follower Willard Romney and his foreign bank accounts, the military-industerial complex who want endless wars and want soliders as cannon fodder, and Wall Street who want bonuses despite loses and continue to lay people off. Republicans need to understand the 1950s are over. Republicans get ready the planet-heaven kolob awaits you with Joseph Smith the prophet and his 87 wives.

    May 25, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Doc1

    Not a chance Rand. Don't even think about it.

    May 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Evergreen

    Why do those who say they hate government always run for office. Now the trend seems to be run for two offices at a time. I guess the hate government but love the pay check and benefits.

    May 25, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. donna

    Like him or not his message does represent a population that needs some representation. It's good for campaigns to include even the fringe elements at the beginning.

    May 25, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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