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Rand Paul to Announce Senate Re-election Bid, Waiting on Presidency

Rand Paul to Announce Senate Re-election Bid, Waiting on Presidency
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By    |   Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:27 AM EST

Republican Sen. Ran Paul of Kentucky is set to declare on Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Kentucky.com reported.

State law bars a candidate's name from appearing twice on the same ballot — meaning that the junior senator could not concurrently run for re-election and the presidency that year. Does this mean Paul can't run for president in 2016? No. There are several avenues he could take toward that end.

Paul said he was impelled to seek a second term because of "unfinished business," including addressing the national debt and fighting the Obama administration's policy on coal.

With Republicans taking control of the Senate, Paul said there would be fresh legislative opportunities to tackle tax reform that would generate revenue to build roads and bridges in his state, Kentucky.com reported.

He also plans to push Republicans to use appropriations bills to "rein in the arrogance and really sometimes the lawlessness of this president and to do that by controlling how the money is spent," the news website reported.

His spokesman, Dan Bayens, said any decision about running for president will not be taken until spring, the National Journal reported.

Paul's team is working on a way around the Kentucky law, whose wording — "No candidate's name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once" — is plain.

The campaign is exploring a range of possibilities so that he can run for president without giving up his Senate seat. The option of changing the law evaporated when Republicans failed to capture the lower house of the Kentucky state legislature, the Journal reported.

He could challenge Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrat, not to enforce the law. She lost her race to unseat GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, the state's senior senator in Congress, in November.

Paul could also wait for Grimes' term to end on Jan. 4, 2016, and — assuming she's defeated by a Republican — file then for the presidential primaries and still meet the Jan. 26, 2016, deadline, the Journal reported.

Paul could also challenge the constitutionality of the law as it applies to a federal office.

Still another option is to try to get state party leaders to alter the political calendar so that the Republican presidential primary doesn't take place as planned in May 2016 when his name will appear as a candidate for the senatorial nomination.

One idea is to have Kentucky hold a caucus as early as March 16.

Alternatively, he could forgo appearing on the presidential primary ballot in Kentucky while seeking the nomination elsewhere, the Journal reported.

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Republican Sen. Ran Paul is set to declare Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the Senate in 2016, while also weighing his options for a presidential run that year, Kentucky.com reported.
Rand Paul, president, kentucky, 2016, Senate, re-election
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:27 AM
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