April 7, 2015

Rand Paul Brings Grassroots Network to Presidential Race

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Rand Paul announced on his website this morning. For days, Paul has dropped heavy hints to his 1.8 million fans on Facebook. And at noon today in Louisville, the Kentucky Republican will make a speech announcing his candidacy for president. For years, a devoted group of conservatives backed his father, Ron Paul, when he ran for the White House. Now the son is here, and with him is an already established grassroots network – Paul supporters were in the crowd as Sen. Ted Cruz announced his own presidential candidacy. Already, Paul has begun to reach out to constituencies not normally attracted to the Republican Party – namely, college students and blacks – making him a good person to grow the Republican base and setting him apart from other candidates. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking about primary voters’ opinions on GOP candidates placed Paul in the top five potential candidates. It’s still a wide-open field, and the primaries are a year away. More…

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