Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has announced his candidacy for president in the 2016 election, joining fellow Republican Ted Cruz in the race to succeed Barack Obama at the White House. Nathan Frandino reports.
Rand Paul is running for president. The U.S. Senator from Kentucky made the announcement on his website Tuesday. Paul joins fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz as the first contenders to enter the race. An opthalmologist by training, Paul rose to prominence as a politician with his 13-hour filibuster in March 2013 against President Barack Obama's drone policy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SENATOR RAND PAUL SAYING: "I will speak as long as it takes until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important." The 52-year-old son of former U.S. Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas has significant support. He won a straw poll of conservative activists in March. His libertarian vews have also gained backing from some conservatives, but may - say analysts - be hard to sell to the broader GOP. Paul begins his campaign with a four-day tour in early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.