Growing more and more inevitable by the day, it appears that Rand Paul’s candidacy is all-but certain following a gathering this week with his closest advisers in Washington, DC. Reports indicate that Paul is targeting sometime around April of next year as the launch date.

Report from Politico:

Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states. [Emphasis added]

Doug Stafford, RAND PAC executive director and architect of the national campaign, was emcee. Stafford sketched a mix of new ideas, blended with best practices from past successful campaigns. Planning is so far advanced that top aides are discussing a counterpart to George W. Bush’s Mavericks/Pioneers/Rangers program for bundlers and fundraisers. Paul gave optimistic remarks that left little doubt about his intentions. Expect a spurt of hiring after the first of the year.

In the politics of now, April is a little late. The Clinton folks seem to be thinking late January or early February for an announcement based on the rumors. Then again, Paul has the issue of the Kentucky Senate run to deal with so timing may be crucial in pulling off both campaigns at the same time.


  1. I thought the Kentucky law would keep Rand from running, but I read an interesting article that said that Rand is not there to represent Kentucky. He wants to be a national force, like his dad. So he won’t be worrying about losing his senate seat. It is more prestigious in history to be a presidential candidate (win or lose) than to continue to be just one of a hundred senators.

    And here’s the other thing: The Kentucky law doesn’t say you can’t “run,” it just says you can’t be the nominee. So my guess is that Rand will wait until he sees if he has a chance to win for president. I’ll bet he plans to be the senate nominee, and if he gets the presidential nomination, he’ll take himself off the ballot for senate in Kentucky. After all, it’s Kentucky–it’s not like a Democrat would win. McConnell won with 56% against two opponents. Barr won by 60% for the house. So if Rand pulls off the ticket, the GOP will nominate a ham sandwich to replace him, and it’ll win.

    • Goethe — “So if Rand pulls off the ticket, the GOP will nominate a ham sandwich to replace him, and it’ll win.”

      I think you are wrong — the Repubs desperately need a win in the White House (or another 4 years of destructive Dems demagoguery). So, the GOP Establishment may have to accept Rand Paul and support him (thinking they can control him), rather than see a Dem win.

      Time will tell — if Rand does well in the debates, it may be a game changer.

      • Surf;
        My money is on the establishment putting all it’s money on Jeb, Christie or even Romney before they support Sen. Paul. The establishment are subborn and are depending on the Right wing Tea Party to hold their nose again and go with the flow…..JUST AS THEY DID IN THE MID-TERMS. IT WORKED ONCE DIDN”T IT?

        HAM SANDWICH IN 2016 !

        • Bob & Goethe — you are probably right…sadly….

          But I’m an optimistic pessimist….LOL!

          (optimistic that Truth will win out in the End — Rand Paul the next US President…and pessimistic that failing that, the people have NOT awoken enough to start the needed next Revolution to restore our Nation!)

      • Surf: No, I was referring to his senate race. There will not be a single Democratic senator from the entire south, come January. (Florida doesn’t count.) (They recount.)

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