Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Bid: Can He Win?

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As expected, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," Paul, 52, wrote on his official campaign website.

Running to "restore liberty and prosperity for ourselves and for future generations," he is scheduled to declare his candidacy at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky.

Before entering the world of politics with a Senate victory in 2010, Rand Paul owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years.

He is the first U.S. Senate member to serve while a parent - his father, three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul - served in the House of Representatives.

The younger Paul has served on the Health Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Small Business Committees.

He also formed the Senate Tea Party Caucus and has been one of the higher-profile members of the GOP since arriving in D.C. a little over four years ago.

Rand's announcement comes on the heels of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, announced on behalf of the Republican Party just last month.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are leading early public opinion polls, are also expected to get in the race.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to announce his bid on April 13, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is viewed as a possible candidate as well.

Think Paul has a shot against these formidable contenders? Who are you thinking of supporting in 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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