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Rand Paul for President
Rand Paul Presidential Campaign logo.svg
Campaign U.S. presidential election, 2016
Candidate Rand Paul
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
(2011–present)
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced April 7, 2015
Suspended February 3, 2016
Headquarters P.O.Box 77681
Washington, D.C.
Key people Chip Englander (Manager)
Bryan Reed (Deputy Manager)
Doug Stafford; Doug Wead(Senior Advisors)
Mark Spitznagel (Economic Advisor)
Sergio Gor (Communications)
Eleanor May (Media)
Vincent Harris (Digital)
Receipts US$6,932,779 (2015-06-30)
Slogan Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.
Chant Stand with Rand
Website
www.randpaul.com

The 2016 presidential campaign of Rand Paul, the junior United States Senator from Kentucky, was announced on April 7, 2015 at an event at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

Background

Paul was first elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2010, Paul's candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016 has been widely speculated of since early 2013.

Prior to serving in public office, Paul was an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and founded the watchdog group Kentucky Taxpayers United, which sought to keep state legislators accountable on tax issues. Leading up to his formal announcement, Paul delivered several high profile speeches, which included filibustering the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan, speeches at Berkeley and Howard University, and meeting with community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri and Detroit, Michigan, in what has been described as an attempt to broaden the Republican Party's appeal with non-traditional constituencies.

Near the end of 2014, Paul made moves towards a presidential run, including hiring staff in several states, setting up offices, and hiring a campaign manager. In January 2015, Rand Paul gained the support of Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri.

Out

After poor polling numbers and failing to reach 3rd place in the Iowa caucuses, Paul dropped out of the race on February 3, 2016.

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