Rand Paul Enters Senate Race

by Gabe Bullard on August 5, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Lisa Autry

Bowling Green eye doctor Rand Paul says he will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jim Bunning. Paul officially declared his candidacy Wednesday, ending months of speculation.

Paul has been considering running for weeks, but he was reluctant to run against the 77-year-old Bunning, who announced his retirement last week.

Paul is the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who ran a failed bid for the Republican nomination for the presidency last year.

Rand Paul says he expects to have a well-financed campaign.

“I traveled both the state and the country over the last year with my father’s campaign,” he says. “We have hundreds of thousands of people who follow our movement on the Internet, and we think we can raise the $2 million that I estimated is necessary to run a competitive Republican primary race.”

Paul says he will campaign on the platforms of limited government and fiscal discipline. Paul’s U-S Senate bid will be his first run at public office.

He will face Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Todd County businessman Bill Johnson in the Republican primary.

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Darryl Schmitz August 6, 2009 at 6:52 am

This campaign is a breath of fresh air.
We have 100 US senators, most of whom don’t seem to care that the majority of the legislation they pass violates the Constitution’s strict limits on federal power.
We ought to have 100 US senators that think first subject every piece of legislation they’re presented with to a test of constitutionality.
Rand Paul and his father are cut from the same cloth as our nation’s founders and the younger Paul would certainly make the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky very proud to have him representing them in Washington.

Les August 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

I definitely saw this one coming. It will be interesting to see how his campaign unfolds.

Darryl, I could not possibly disagree with you more. 🙂

Nick August 12, 2009 at 1:01 am

Trey Grayson used to be a Democrat. If you want a real constitutional conservative who will shake up the D.C. establishment, Dr. Rand Paul is the way to go.

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