Rand Paul presidential campaign, 2016 facts for kids
|Rand Paul for President|
|Campaign||U.S. presidential election, 2016|
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
|Status||Announced April 7, 2015
Suspended February 3, 2016
|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)
|Slogan||Defeat the Washington machine. Unleash the American dream.|
|Chant||Stand with Rand|
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.
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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Rand Paul speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 27, 2015.
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