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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Poll: New Hampshire Voters Place Paul Third Among Likely GOP Presidential Contenders

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY

Just ahead of his expected presidential announcement, U.S. Senator Rand Paul has some convincing to do among voters in New Hampshire.  The Kentucky Republican finishes third in the latest poll from the Granite State.

The Suffolk University poll has former Florida Governor Jeb Bush out in front with 19 percent support.  Fourteen percent of respondents favored Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  Senator Paul followed with seven percent support. 

A quarter of those surveyed were undecided among the possible Republican candidates for president.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz is so far the only announced GOP candidate and he received five percent support in the New Hampshire poll. 

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Politics
1:44 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Kentucky's Presidential Primary Could Create Problems For Overseas Voters

Voting rights advocates say a plan that would allow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul to skirt a state law prohibiting candidates from appearing twice on a ballot could cause problems for absentee voters.

The state GOP has given preliminary approval to a plan to switch from a primary to a caucus in 2016. 

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Chuck Todd: Rand Paul a 'Tier 1' 2016 Candidate; Ky. Dems Not Aligned with National Party

Chuck Todd spoke to reporters Tuesday in Pogue Library's Breathitt Room.
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NBC News political director and host of "Meet the Press" Chuck Todd says Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will be a formidable candidate for president should he decide to seek the Republican nomination next year.

Todd spoke Tuesday on the campus of Murray State University before he delivered the school's 2015 presidential lecture. He said he thinks Paul could overcome a deep divide with his own party over issues like foreign policy and prognosticators should underrate Paul’s chances "at their own peril."

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Politics
2:27 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Paul Positions for Presidential Campaign with Kentucky Caucus Request

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul is asking Kentucky Republican leaders to change the party’s state primary to an early caucus. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports this would enable Paul to run for both the Republican nomination for president and a second term in the Senate next year.

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Politics
11:06 am
Thu February 5, 2015

5 Things The Vaccine Debacle Reveals About The 2016 Presidential Field

Sen. Rand Paul tweeted this photo, writing "Ironic: Today I am getting my booster vaccine. Wonder how the liberal media will misreport this?"
Twitter

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 6:19 pm

As the measles outbreak continues to spread, political leaders with an eye on the White House in 2016 spent much of the week jumping into, and then trying to bail themselves out of, the vaccine debate.

Some brushed the issue off as an unnecessary media circus, but it's worth taking a look at its deeper political meaning. Here are five things the vaccine politics kerfuffle of 2015 tells us about the emerging field of presidential candidates for 2016.

1. Vaccination politics are a problem for Republicans — not Democrats.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Paul Asks Congress to Declare War on ISIS

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:41 pm

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul introduced a resolution Wednesday in the U.S. Senate declaring war against the Islamic State. 

Paul said he believes the president should have come to Congress before authorizing military action against the terrorist group.

"Our founding fathers wanted to make it difficult to go to war," explained Paul.  "They wanted to have the authority of Congress, you had to have some consensus from the public at large before going to war, and they didn't give the power unilaterally to the president.  The president for the last four or five months has been acting illegally and unconstitutionally."

The U.S. began air strikes in Iraq and Syria a few months ago.  Senator Paul argues the current war must be made valid or be ended. 

The Bowling Green Republican says he does support a military campaign against ISIS, claiming the American embassy and consulate are threatened.

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Government
3:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Still Mum on Presidential Run, Rand Paul Announces U.S. Senate Re-election Bid

With no fanfare, Rand Paul announced Tuesday he’s running for a second term in the U.S. Senate in 2016.

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Politics
10:48 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul may have to choose between keeping his Senate seat and running for the presidency.
Andrew Nelles AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 12:08 pm

Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.

That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.

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Immigration
1:01 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Fort Knox Not Being Considered to House Child Refugees

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Fort Knox will not receive child immigrants, despite being mentioned by lawmakers, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Kentucky 3rd District Representative John Yarmuth issued a statement Monday stating the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed it is not considering Fort Knox for housing of children fleeing violence south of the border. The Depart of Defense had submitted Fort Knox as a site large enough to house the immigrants, but HHS has final say.

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Government
6:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House

Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.

The incoming U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, was in Bowling Green to raise money for the Republican Party of Kentucky House Trust. McCarthy visited the commonwealth at the request of the state’s 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.

Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.

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