Photos: The road to Rand Paul's run for president
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday announced on his campaign website that he will run for president in 2016.
“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” he wrote on randpaul.com.
Paul will formally announce his campaign in Louisville before embarking on a tour through four of the early primary states: first New Hampshire, then South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.
Paul is selling himself as a different sort of Republican candidate. But do his libertarian roots and biography make him so different from the mainstream of the GOP that he’s incapable of winning the White House?
That’s the question he’ll have to start to answer on Tuesday as he launches his presidential campaign, just five years after being elected to the Senate from Kentucky in 2010.
“On April 7, a different kind of Republican will take on Washington,” his announcement video reads. As it closes, supporters chant, “President Paul!” in the background.