This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Rand Paul, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to Paul's biography and ideological positions.
Rand Paul achieved a singular distinction when he won election to the U. S. Senate from Kentucky in 2010. He is the first senator to serve alongside a parent, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, in the House of Representatives. He also engineered an early major victory by a Tea Party candidate, providing legitimacy and momentum to the upstart movement.
Ideologically, Paul is the most libertarian leaning presidential candidate this cycle. Professionally, he is an ophthalmologist with a degree from Duke University Medical School. And personally, he is married to Kentucky native Kelley Ashby Paul. In the early 1990's, he followed her to Kentucky to open his ophthalmology practice.
A couple years after moving to the Bluegrass State, Paul launched the Kentucky Taxpayers Union, a watchdog organization designed to track taxes and spending in Kentucky state government. From there, it wasn't a huge leap for Paul to enter the political arena, especially considering his father's example. In 2010, his small government message overwhelmed his primary opponent, Trey Grayson, a prot�g� of Senator Mitch McConnell. In the general election, Paul leaned on his Tea Party backing to score a double-digit victory over Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.
When he decided to run for president in early 2015, Paul's campaign promised to be a less non-interventionalist version of his father's failed presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012. Despite tempering his father's radical foreign policy views, Paul nonetheless has found little success in the polls. His prospects to win the nomination are, in turn, pretty paltry.
Republican Nomination Odds: < 1%
30-day Trend: Flat
Candidate Page: Rand Paul, 2016 Presidential Candidate
posted by Scott Elliott at 10:53am 11/12/15 :: link