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Rand Paul to Form Exploratory Committee for US Senate Run

Update #4 - Statement from Rand Paul

Last night on national TV, I announced the formation of an Exploratory Committee to run for the US Senate. I did this only after waiting for Senator Bunning to publicly give his ok for candidates to do so. It is still my intention not to run against Senator Bunning. However, I don't think it is healthy for our party to have only one candidate organized if Senator Bunning decides not to run.

Some will note that the announcement was on a network not always seen as friendly to Republicans. I would argue that bringing our message to those who do not yet align themselves as Republicans is precisely how we grow as party. I think we don't have to moderate our message but rather believe in and articulate our message clearly.

The interview:


Update #3

Dr. Rand Paul announced that he would form an exploratory committee to run for US Senate in his home state of Kentucky. The official website for his campaign is: www.RandPaul2010.com

Update: #2

The Rachel Maddow show airs at 9PM ET. Here is the guest list for tonight's show:

  • Charles Duelfer, former chief of the Iraq Survey Group
  • Robert Windrem, senior research fellow at NYU and contributor to The Daily Beast
  • Chris Cilizza, columnist, The Fix, Washington Post
  • Doctor Rand Paul, son of Congressman Ron Paul
  • Zach Stovall, staff reporter and Web content editor, Arkansas News Bureau

Tune in and discuss the announcement here as it breaks.

Original Post:

Matt Collins on the Campaign for Liberty blog is reporting:

Rand Paul is going to make a MAJOR announcement on Rachel Maddow's show (MSNBC) Thursday night (5/14)! It will be worth watching as Rand has discussed a potential run for US Senate from Kentucky.

For the past fifteen years, Dr. Rand Paul, son of Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, has been the chairman of the Kentucky Taxpayers United, a group that monitors and rates the State Legislature. Dr. Paul has been traveling the state of Kentucky for the past several months meeting, talking, and gauging his support.

Stay tuned...

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump for the updated

Bump for the updated statement from Rand.

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Ready, Set, RAND!

We got your back Rand. Fellow R3volutionaries, prepare yourselves.

Go get'em Rand!

Bumped it to just under $10k. WHEN the official announcement comes I'll give more. Go Rand!

Marilyn in Lake Jackson This

Marilyn in Lake Jackson

This video and announcement hasn't been posted on campaignforliberty.com yet. I hope it will be.



He is charismatic, intelligent, and he tells the TRUTH. He is well spoken and attempts to appeal to everybody. His career should be just as exciting, if not more, as his father's.

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Rand Paul

I thought it was an amazing performance by my uncle last night on The Rachel Maddow Show. I have to admit that I am not surprised that he did so well, nor will I be surprised when he wins this election to serve Kentucky in the US Senate.

Time will tell what Sen. Bunning's intentions are, but I think my uncle has made the right decision to take one step forward in exploring his options to raise money and potentially run for this seat.

I can speak for the Paul family in Texas and we are all very, very excited that my grandfather, Ron, could have help in Washington in both the House and the Senate. I know for certain my uncle can and will be a tremendous ally in my grandfather's cause.

I look forward to watching what happens from here...

Let's DONATE to RAND PAUL 2010 !

Matt Pyeatt

Matt Pyeatt

I'd like to see Rand raise as much money as Bunning

already has in his exploritory stage. That might convince Rand to run even if bunning does decide to keep running.


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Excellent interview!!

Hi Matt, I am so excited that your uncle may run for this Senate seat! He is so very well spoken ...very cool, calm and collected! I know he shares the same principles as your grandfather who is THE most influential and admirable person in my lifetime! I hope he will run weather Bunning stays in or not!!! The full army of the revolution from across this country will descend upon Kentucky to support him! I cannot wait to hear the final decision!!!

PS. Love to your Grandma! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful family!

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Debbie's picture

I second all the above sentiments of Liberty Belle -

Hi Matt, Thanks for posting on DP! Love to your Grandma, our real First Lady and your whole First Family. When are you planning to run for office? (Let's give the Bush's a run for their money!)


i third all the above sentiments of Liberty Belle - lol!

you've got one amazing family matt!

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For now...

For now, I am going to leave the running for office to those in my family with just a little gray in their hair. :)

I am a Ron Paul Republican, public school assistant principal. I have my hands full !!!

Matt Pyeatt

Matt Pyeatt

Debbie's picture

Kudos to you - you are doing an important job!

We need many, many more like you in the school system. Thanks for keeping us so well informed.


Senate would be huge

Rand would probably get as much if not more national coverage than Ron if he got a senate seats since they're aren't that many senators compared to congressman.

Note to Maddow.

If you're going to try to use a word like "Quixotic", you should learn how to pronounce it first.


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That's how I pronounce it.

That's how I pronounce it. What other way is there?

I would argue with the semantics. Don Quixote tilted at windmills. The dragons Dr. Paul is fighting are all too real.

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Not bad for starters $8631 raised so far !

And that's from just the few hours since he announced :-)

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I just bumped it over 9000

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excellent interview, thanks

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Already more than 2000

member of the facebook group: "Rand Paul For Senate 2010."

I think Trey Grayson must already be jealous that he did not make his exploratory committee announcement on national TV. Rand Paul already has one up on this alone. Two women are also reported to consider running for senate, wonder what they will decide...

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the Voice!

His voice is eerily similar to his dad!


Love that Pennsylvania accent!

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Dr. Rand Paul, son for Dr. Ron Paul is a truly great guy and would be a very liberty-minded US Senator. I urge everyone to donate to http://www.randpaul2010.com/ tonight.


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Rand, and believe it or not Sara Palin 2012 for Pres & VP...

that is if we see a 2012. She will bring the conservative, and he will bring the Libertarians, and unfortunately, they would have to run on the Republican ticket, or start right now to encourage the Repubs to go third party....I think Palin received a bad rap from the press, and I know she has what it takes to get the country back to it's Constitutional ground, and I definately know Rand is the man that can bring our country back to what it was founded on....

The Senate first!

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. First, let's get Rand elected to the Senate. Then we can choose his VP for POTUS later.

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Sure they pulled out the stops to trash

Palin,but she was an EASY target; a shallow thinker of very very litttle substance and no savvy whatever about her image. She would sink any ticket single-handed.
I'll never forget, among many many stupid gaffs, her interview on thanksgiving, and behind her a turkey being slaughtered in full and prolonged view of the camera. What a totally clueless, insensitive, and utterly crass sinkhole of campaign funds.
She has so absolutely nothing going for her; its an insult to even consider her anywhere in the vicinity of Dr. Paul. As a VP next in line for the Presidency, nothing of value, only more NeoCon degeneracy.


Palin sold out to every Neocon talking point/philosophy in complete opposition to the Constitution. Please.....A "bad rap"? No, she is a moron and a disaster.

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Debbie's picture

Agreed with both of the above posters on Sarah Palin.

Not even close.