Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is the junior senator from Kentucky. He officially announced his candidacy on April 7, 2015.
Randal Howard “Rand” Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American physician and politician from Kentucky. In office since 2011, Paul currently serves in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He is also a trained ophthalmologist, and is the middle son of former U.S. Representative and physician Ron Paul of Texas.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul attended Baylor University and is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. Paul began practicing ophthalmology in 1993 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and established his own clinic in December 2007.
Paul has been considered a supporter of the Tea Party movement, and a vocal critic of the Federal Reserve System. He has opposed NSA mass surveillance of Americans and supports reduced government spending and taxation. He describes himself as “100% pro-life” and has cosponsored legislation for equal protection of the right to life from conception. Paul officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election on April 7, 2015.
This section was shamelessly lifted from Rand Paul’s Wikipedia article
“My policies will defeat the Washington Machine and unleash the creative spirit of the American people.”
Rand Paul for President: Defeat the Washington Machine. Unleash the American Dream.
In brief, Rand Paul, although he certainly is still strongly libertarian, is starting to drift towards a conservative stance, especially on the sanctity of life and immigration reform.
Senator Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign this week, but he’s hit a couple of speed bumps since then as opponents and the press dig into his policies and presentation. If Rand Paul could travel back in time a week and take a do-over on his 2016 presidential campaign roll-out, he probably would.
The Kentucky senator and Republican presidential candidate emails answers to The Daily Signal.
Rand Paul’s campaign kickoff just concluded with a rousing speech by the libertarian-leaning U.S. senator from Kentucky in which he promised that his first act as president would be to stop the NSA’s illegal spying on American citizens. He vowed to win the White House while clutching the Bill of Rights in one hand and the Constitution in the other.
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is set to declare himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, aiming to upset the political order in Washington and disprove those in his own party who doubt that a fiercely libertarian conservative can be a serious contender.
Senator Rand Paul’s now official presidential campaign is bringing new attention to libertarian ideas. At least to some libertarians, the first question is whether Rand Paul is in fact a libertarian. I know a lot of libertarians declaring that although they supported Representative Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, they can’t back his son in his more plausible 2016 campaign.
Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul won the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for potential GOP White House candidates for the third consecutive year. “Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have chosen to stand with me for a third consecutive straw poll victory,” Paul said.