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

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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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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -I don't care whether he runs for two or three at the same time, as long as his thinking does not change, he has no chance. Republicans are thinking like second century and with same eighteenth century gun laws, but we are in 21st century. It is the main problem to them. Hillary16.

    June 6, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. TONE

    Republicans always think that they are above the law.

    June 6, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. Third

    "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 guess Rand Paul doesn't care about States' Rights after all.

    June 6, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Is it any surprise to see a Republican who wants to change a law for their personal gain? Personally, I don't care one way or the other how many times a candidate's name appears on the ballot, but voters should only be able to vote for the person just once. In the case of Rand Paul, people would have to choose between voting for him for Senator, or voting for him for POTUS. With all of the electronic ballot boxes now coming into use, this should not be too difficult to implement in the field.

    June 6, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. jim

    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.............

    Isn't that called breaking the law? Why have laws Paul? There are some laws that I don't want to stop me – would that be ok for you?

    June 6, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  6. salty dog

    What was that you were saying about lawlessness again. He is a typical gop, change or ignore laws that you don't like, or obstruct your personal political plans, I'm pretty sure this was law for a reason, they have laws banning your marriage to siblings for a reason too. Why do the rwnj seem to be just fine with this, and even make excuses or blame the Democrats for putting this barrier in his way, and they wonder why their called hypocrites on every issue, simply amazing, really is. Sad thing is they are absolutely convinced they're the smart ones, again the gop must get a chuckle when they think about how easily they are conned.,all day, everyday, such as life I suppose .

    June 6, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Yet you and your ilk call the POTUS lawless. But you can do that right? It's your birthright. Run if you want but you'll lose just like your good ole boy daddy. We're not going back to the 1800's!!

    June 6, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So, little Doctor Paul has effectively told his home state that he is going to willfully break the law in order to seek the Presidency. Of course, that assumes he actually wins the Republican nomination (or that Rick Santorum tags him to be his vice president)!

    June 6, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. Cadillacjoe

    Different rules in different states is a problem? I guess Mr. "State's Rights" is rethinking his position now that it suits him.

    June 6, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. salty dog

    Let the bloodshed begin, they'll eat their young if they thought it necessary . Yup, what's left standing after gop primary, nothing worth while, that's for sure . That's why they want to change the visibility of them, once their dirty laundry is out there, they are unelectable, and they know it.

    June 6, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Please run for President! When you lose, we won't have to listen to your babbling any more!

    June 6, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    Whatever happened to doing the "right" thing and giving up ones seat in Congress when running for President ??? Typical Paul.

    June 6, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. Cadillacjoe

    Different rules in different states is a problem? I guess Mr. State's Rights is rethinking his position now that it suits him.

    June 6, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Chris-E...al

    Follow the laws R. P. or get support to change them we have enough law breakers at present and too few good makers . .

    June 6, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    I get the impression that he's not about to run for President. He knows if he doesn't win that particular election he's toast in KY. Indeed. He'll be toast in politics altogether.

    Rand Paul is not a fighter. He's a manipulating grand-stander.

    June 6, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    We need term limits anyway. We should have Congressional term limits on the ballot, nationwide.

    June 6, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Marty

    If Barry doesn't need to obey the law why does anyone?

    June 6, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Peace

    Isn't Rand Paul one of the rightwingers who are always screaming the President has no right to break any Law? When it comes to them, they just turn into having a blind eye. Pathetic.

    June 6, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    jim

    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.............

    Isn't that called breaking the law? Why have laws Paul? There are some laws that I don't want to stop me – would that be ok for you?
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    He does not intend to break the law, but rather to challenge it in court. It has been done before.

    Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg successfully "challenged" the NYC term limit on the Mayor and City Council members to two terms a few years ago. To my shock and awe, the City Council voted to overturn the law, which was passed by a public referendum years earlier. One would think another referendum should have been required. Courts upheld the repeal.

    June 6, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. excuse my rant

    A boy! This should be a really good day reading all the comments from people screaming about Obama's "law breaking" that will now chastise Paul.

    *Holds breath*

    June 6, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    -probably people do not know these Afghanistan, Iran wars came from Republicans during Bush. Did they forget? They even looted with Haliburton contracts killing innocent and our soldiers in vain for sheer Greed, vengeance, malafide intent. Now they talk, world is not blind.

    June 6, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "Says the dude who refers to republicans as "TeaTrolls""

    If you don't know the difference between speaking in generalities and making something personal, then I suggest you learn.

    June 6, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Sniffit

    In other words "it's not ignoring the law if we just change the law to move the goalposts to our advantage first."

    So fine...it's not really "lawlessness"...it's abuse of power.

    June 6, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Silence DoGood

    @Peace
    Isn't Rand Paul one of the rightwingers who are always screaming the President has no right to break any Law? When it comes to them, they just turn into having a blind eye. Pathetic.
    ----------–
    We are now seeing this regularly in the news. One day conservatives absolutely positively believe one thing then the next day if it makes them look good or makes Obama or Clinton look bad, they believe the exact opposite.

    They are depending on the average American's short memory and attention span. It is the only reason I can think of that they get away with this.

    Oh and they think this qualifies them to be the author of morality laws to guide all of our behavior.

    June 6, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. 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.

    June 6, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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