Senator Rand Paul to run for US president

2015-04-07 20:07
Rand Paul (Picture: AFP)

Rand Paul (Picture: AFP)

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Louisville - Senator Rand Paul, a favourite of the conservative tea party movement and frequent antagonist of leaders of his own Republican Party, is declaring his candidacy for US president.

Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky, will kick off his White House campaign on Tuesday with a rally in his home state. He begins the 2016 race as the second fully declared candidate, behind Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, but he could face as many as 20 rivals for the Republican nomination before the primary process starts in January.

Two other Republicans who are expected to soon enter the race, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, are considered early front-runners. Whoever becomes the Republican nominee is widely expected to face Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election. The former secretary of state, who is the heavy favourite for the Democratic nomination, is expected to announce her candidacy in the next two weeks.

It's unclear how much support Paul can muster in the Republican mainstream. His father, former US Representative Ron Paul of Texas, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination several times, appealing to libertarians who favor limited government and oppose tax increases.

Paul is a frequent contrarian against his party's orthodoxy, questioning the size of the US military and proposing relaxation of some drug laws that imprison offenders at a high cost to taxpayers. He also challenges Republicans' support for surveillance programs, drone policies and sanctions on Iran and Cuba.

Tech savvy and youth-focused, Paul is expected to be an Internet juggernaut his competitors will be forced to chase.

His new website left no doubt about his plans, outlining more than a dozen positions on issues he would take if elected president.

"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," he says in a statement posted on the site Tuesday.

After his speech, Paul was set to answer questions from voters on his Facebook page.

Perhaps reflecting the challenges he faces in convincing his critics he deserves the nomination, Paul is also leaving open the door to a second term in the Senate.

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