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Sen. Paul: Presidential announcement likely in March, April

ADAM BEAMFebruary 20, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he is likely to announce whether he’ll run for president in 2016 sometime in March or April.

The Kentucky Republican told reporters after a Friday speech in Louisville that he was getting closer to making a decision, but all signs point to Paul launching a campaign. Next month, he will ask the state Republican Party to change the process by which it will choose its presidential nominee in 2016. That way, Paul could run for president and re-election to his Senate seat simultaneously without appearing on the primary ballot for two offices. That’s banned by Kentucky law.

Paul, a champion of the party’s libertarian wing, has rankled the Republican leadership at times with views that go against the party mainstream.

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