Sen. Rand Paul becomes second Republican to declare presidential bid

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – On Tuesday, in front of his constituents in Louisville, Kentucky, Senator Rand Paul made official what has been clear for some time.

The physician and son of former U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas, declared, “Today, I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

The 52-year-old Tea Party supporter joins fellow Senator Ted Cruz as a declared major candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The Kentucky Republican plans to jump into the campaign trail with stops throughout New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.

Paul said his first order of business is to fix Washington. He said both parties are to blame for the country’s rising debt, saying it doubled under a Republican administration and tripled under President Barack Obama.

He said, “Congress will never balance the budget unless you force them to do so. Congress has an abysmal record with balancing anything. Our only recourse is to force Congress to balance the budget with a constitutional amendment.”

Paul also vowed to boost the middle-class by proposing to lower taxes for businesses that create jobs. He also expressed his opposition to increased taxes during times of recession.

He remarked, “I have a vision for America, I want to be part of a return to prosperity. A true economic boom that lifts all Americans.

On social issues, Paul describes himself as 100% pro-life. His position is to ban abortion under all circumstances. The Libertarian is also against same-sex marriage, saying the acceptance of such is a moral crisis.

On the issue of immigration, Paul has introduced legislation to try to put a stop to President Obama’s executive orders that delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. He has said that “Washington cannot invite the whole world to the United States”.

Paul and Cruz are the only two Republicans to announce their presidential bids. But a crowded field is expected as other Republican presidential hopefuls are expected to declare their own candidacy very soon.

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  • Mario
    8 April 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Ron Paul is good candidate, do you think he can beat Hillary..The Latino votes will be the deciding factors for the 2016 Presidential election. A Spanish speaking candidate like Jeb Bush, Rubio,and Ted Cruz will get the edge.The riches candidate will win, which is Jeb Bush, married to a Mexican and all his children speak and will campaign in Spanish…

  • Rick Robin Cagnaan
    17 April 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I believe that Rand Paul truly believes in the Constitution. Why should the Filipino-Americans go for him? He’s pro-life, a defender of the Constitution, and he even reminds me of Claro M. Recto and Lorenzo Tañada, because of his patriotic zeal.