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7:54 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Rand Paul’s Minority Outreach Efforts Hit Snag with Baltimore Comments

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, at Inspirational Grounds in Buckner.
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  Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s efforts to appeal to minority voters hit a rough patch over the past week.

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3:58 am
Wed April 8, 2015

TV Ads Financed With Secret Money Attack Paul On Day 1 Of Presidential Bid

Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that "we have come to take our country back."
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Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 11:20 am

Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign. Republican Rand Paul officially entered the race Tuesday, and was greeted with a TV ad calling him "wrong and dangerous" on Iran. The money behind the ad is secret.

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Politics
6:23 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Whitfield Isn't Ready to Endorse Rand Paul

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With Sen. Rand Paul set to announce his candidacy for presidency Tuesday, he hasn’t clinched at least one Kentucky Congressman’s vote.

Ed Whitfield says it would be exciting to see a presidential nominee from Kentucky but he pulls up short of endorsement.

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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?"
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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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