With his campaign launch about 24 hours away, Rand Paul has put out a web video which gives a glimpse into the platform he’ll be running on. The tone is heavy on hitting Washington from the “outside” and runs hard against career politicians, as well as the establishment.
Here is the video:
Report from the Boston Herald:
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is set to become the first heavy-hitter of the 2016 GOP primary with his announcement tomorrow — with a candidacy that threatens to pit the party’s libertarian wing against the traditionally more hawkish mainstream, now focused on Iran nuke talks and ?Islamic terrorism.
Paul is regarded as a top contender in a race where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the only declared candidate so far. A Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll of New Hampshire voters last month found Paul was the most popular Republican, with a 57 percent favorable rating, though he usually ranks third, fourth or fifth in Republican voter polls, and has been overshadowed recently by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul also needs to show he can raise big money, or he risks being outspent by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among others.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who advised John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Paul “could do well initially in the opening contests” because of the wide-open field and the “intensity of his libertarian followers.”
Paul will make a big splash into the race, more so than Ted Cruz. Paul has been building a wide campaign network for the past several years and attempting to build on his father’s limited success. As reported, Paul plans to officially announce his 2016 presidential campaign on Tuesday, April 7, from Louisville, Kentucky. following the announcement, he’ll embark on a tour of early primary states.