Still Mum on Presidential Run, Rand Paul Announces U.S. Senate Re-election Bid


U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY

With no fanfare, Rand Paul announced Tuesday he’s running for a second term in the U.S. Senate in 2016.

The Bowling Green Republican made no public announcement, but in a phone interview, he said he had some unfinished business in the Senate.

"I'm excited that Republicans taking over the Senate gives us a chance to do some of the things I campaigned on and that includes trying to address the massive debt that confronts our nation," Paul stated.

Senator Paul is widely expected to seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, as well. An announcement is planned for March or April.

Senior adviser Doug Stafford said the low profile Senate announcement doesn’t mean Paul is more serious about a presidential run.

"We felt the senator's record and what he wants to accomplish speak for itself," commented Stafford. "Here's hear in Washington today, doing the job the people of Kentucky sent him to do. He's happy and proud to seek re-election for that job."

Kentucky law prohibits a candidate from running for two offices simultaneously, but Paul’s advisers say they have “multiple avenues” to get around the law, including a court challenge or turning the state’s presidential primary into a caucus.