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9:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky testified last year in favor of revamping the nation's mandatory federal minimum sentencing laws.
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Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 1:37 pm

For more than a year, GOP Sen. Rand Paul has been staking out positions on issues that resonate in the black community, including school choice and prison sentencing reform. And he's been showing up in some unexpected — for a Republican — venues, including historically black colleges.

It's stirred an unusual degree of curiosity about the freshman Kentucky senator — and 2016 GOP presidential prospect — among the Democratic Party's most reliable voting bloc.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Video: Rand Paul Draws Connections between Cheney/Halliburton and Iraq War

Though Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is currently the front-runner to gain the Republican nomination for President in 2016, he might encounter even more resistance from traditional conservatives after a video surfaced in which he draws parallels between former Vice President Dick Cheney’s role at Halliburton and the Iraq War.

In the video – originally pointed out by Mother Jones magazine – Paul says the following while speaking at Western Kentucky University on April 7 2009, five years ago to the day:

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

WashPost: Rand Paul Has 50-State Network in Place for 2016

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Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has become the first Republican presidential hopeful to assemble a 50-state network, a little less than two years before the 2016 primary season begins.

The Washington Post reports that Paul has more than 200 people on his team nationwide.

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Government
3:29 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate. 

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Politics
3:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Rand Paul Begins Tour of Early Primary States

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Sen. Rand Paul, R. Ky., opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a series of speaking engagements in Iowa.

Paul will then address a party banquet in New Hampshire and round out May with a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. He returns to Iowa in June, then heads to a South Carolina fundraiser.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Paul Considering 2016 Presidential Bid

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Kentucky’s junior Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s considering a 2016 presidential bid but will not make a decision before next year.

Paul told attendees at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor he wants to be part of the national debate and that being considered a potential candidate gives him what he calls a larger microphone on issues.

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Politics
12:13 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Rand Paul in Kentucky

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 11:47 am

In a new survey released Wednesday, Public Policy Polling found that in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race Democratic Hillary Clinton leads Republican Sen. Rand Paul in Kentucky.

Clinton is the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State who many Democrats want to run in four years, while Paul is a rising GOP star and Tea Party favorite. Both are rumored presidential candidates at this point, but the PPP survey shows Clinton ahead of Paul by a 5-point margin in the commonwealth at 47-to-42 percent.

A large reason for Clinton's lead is that she is far more popular in Kentucky than President Obama, who has struggled amongst state Democrats.

From PPP:

Clinton has a 48/42 favorability rating with Kentucky voters. By comparison Barack Obama's approval rating is 38/59.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Observers: Paul's RNC Speech Forceful

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul may not have received a prime time speech slot at  this week's Republican National Convention, but he still managed to get attention.

Observers like University Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton say the younger Paul is seen as a potential bridge between the current GOP establishment and they loyal followers of his father, Congressman Ron Paul.

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