U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party Republican who has acknowledged he's interested in a presidential bid in 2016, insisted Friday that he would seek re-election to the Senate that year.
The quandary for Paul is that he has to choose one or the other because, under Kentucky law, he's legally precluded from running for both.
Paul told reporters after a speech to Lexington business leaders on Friday that he has formed a re-election committee and that he intends to be on the ballot for Senate, though he still didn't rule out running for president.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t denying reports that he’s interested in a 2016 presidential run. The website Politico quotes the Bowling Green Republican as saying “I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul says he thinks the GOP has to go in a different direction because the party isn’t winning national elections.