Rand Paul announces presidential run

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke to students and signed his book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” at Grise Auditorium. The lecture was co-sponsored by BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and WKU’s department of economics and political science.

Herald staff

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced his run for the U.S. presidency in Louisville today.

Paul, who lives with his family in Bowling Green, ran an underdog, Tea Party-centered campaign to win Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Since then, Paul has quickly risen in the U.S. political scene, and a run for the presidency has been rumored for months.

In front of a crowd in Louisville at the Galt House, Paul proclaimed to his supporters that “We have come to take our country back.” 

Kentucky legislators are currently debating whether state legislation should be amended to accommodate Paul’s presidential and senatorial aspirations. State law currently forbids a candidate’s name from appearing more than once on the same ballot. Kentucky Republicans hope to have the decision finalized by August, according to Associated Press reports. 

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