|U.S. Senator from Kentucky|
From: January 5, 2011 - Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Spouse(s)||Kelley Ashby Paul|
|Religion||Presbyterian (see also: Rand Paul's religious views)|
Rand Paul (born January 7, 1963) is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, and currently serves as a conservative United States Senator from Kentucky. He is also critical of federal spending and is emerging as a movement conservative.
In 2010, he won the Republican primary after defeating moderate candidate Trey Grayson by a landslide. Despite intense opposition by liberals and the lamestream media, Rand Paul won by an overwhelming margin first against a RINO Republican favored by the establishment, and then against Democrat Jack Conway in the 2010 Midterm Election. This was the seat formerly held by Jim Bunning, one of the greatest conservative sports stars, who endorsed Paul in the Republican primary.
On March 2013, Rand led a filibuster of Obama's CIA nomination John Brennan due to the fact that the administration was unwilling to forbid ordering drone targeting of Americans on American territories, in violation of the 5th Amendment. A month of letter writings without a reply and March 6th testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder prompted the filibuster. A number of GOP Senators joined him including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, among others and one Democrat Senator, Ron Wyden. A vote on a non-binding statement clarifying that Obama shall not kill Americans with drone warfare was denied by Democrats in the Senate.
Political Positions and Views
Unlike many politicians of both major political parties, Rand Paul supports sharply reducing the size of government. Paul opposes gun control and same-sex marriage. He opposes prison sentences for minor drug offenders. Paul sued the Obama administration because the Espionage of American civilians through the NSA.
He has criticized pro-war politicians and won the CPAC straw poll in 2013 and 2014. Paul is against an American intervention in the Syrian Civil War and was opposed to the Operation Iraqi Freedom or the Patriot Act. Paul is an opponent of the United States embargo against Cuba.
- Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid: ‘We have come to take our country back’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/04/07/rand-paul-set-to-announce-presidential-run/