Senator Rand Paul has become the latest politician to announce that he will be launching his 2016 presidential election campaign.
During a campaign event in Kentucky, Rand Paul said: “Today begins the journey to take America back,” making it clear the feel of how his campaign will be run.
Rand Paul may be running on a republican ticket but he is not your usual Republican and his more liberal views have seen him creating appeal to those who may not traditionally bac a Republican candidate.
The announcement makes Rand Paul the second Republican to enter the contest that concludes in November 2016, however many others are expected to come forward in the coming weeks from the Republicans.
According to a report by the BBC, speaking in front of a large crowd at the official campaign kick-off, he said: “The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped.”
A first-term senator hailing from one of the country’s most well-known libertarian families, Mr Paul first held elected office when he rode a wave of Tea Party popularity to the US senate in 2010.
Rand Paul is certainly not afraid of taking the limelight, as was demonstrated when he spoke for more than 12 hours in protest about President Barack Obama’s drone policy and the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.
But while his liberal views may make him palatable to Democrats, they have made him somewhat of a thorn in the side of many of his fellow Republicans, as he is known for openly challenging them on issues such as government surveillance, drone policies and sanctions on Iran and Cuba.
According to the BBC Rand Paul has also questioned the size of the US military and proposed relaxing drug laws that lock up offenders at a high cost for tax payers. It is views such as these that make him a wild card for the Republicans as nobody is quite sure how mainstream members will feel about his leanings to the left.
Like Jeb Bush, Rand Paul comes from a family of politicians, although his father, former member of the US House of Representatives Ron Paul, never did make it to the White House despite running several campaigns based on promoting limited government and lower taxes.
It looks like Rand will be following in his father’s footsteps when it comes to policy with a message on his website reading: “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” although I am sure he will be hoping he can go one better than Ron.