Rand Paul to run for both Senate and President in 2016?

Posted by: ST on June 6, 2014 at 11:32 am
Senator Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

The 1st term Senator from Kentucky hasn’t yet made a decision on a possible 2016 Presidential run, but says if he does it will likely be as he runs for re-election to the US Senate:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that a state law preventing candidates from having their names appear more than once on the ballot won’t deter him from staging dual campaigns for Senate re-election and president — if he decides to run for the White House in 2016.

As for whether he’ll mount a presidential bid, that’s a weighty subject still being discussed by his family, Paul told The Associated Press.

“I would just say it’s probably not a conclusion yet, but it is something that’s an ongoing discussion,” the first-term Republican senator said.

Paul has indicated he will run for re-election to the Senate in two years. And he insisted Thursday that the Kentucky ballot law won’t be an obstacle if he decides to juggle simultaneous campaigns for the presidency and another Senate term.

“We do think about it, but ultimately it’s not something that will probably deter the process, if we make a decision,” he said.

Kentucky lawmakers considered legislation this year that would have relieved Paul from the potential quandary. The GOP-led state Senate passed a bill that would have revised the ballot law so as not to apply to candidates running for president or vice president. The measure died in the Democratic-run House.

Paul’s camp maintains that states don’t have authority to restrict ballot access for federal elections. A Republican with considerable tea party support, Paul maintains that federal law governs federal elections.

Paul kept open the possibility of mounting a court challenge, if necessary, if he decides to have his name on the Kentucky ballot for both races.

The article goes on to note that Joe Lieberman did the same thing in 2000, Joe Biden did it in 2008 and Paul Ryan did so as well in 2012, which Paul said only strengthened his argument that he, too, should be allowed to do so in Kentucky under “equal application of federal law.”

As to when he’ll make the decision as to whether or not to run, he didn’t note a specific time frame in the interview, but I suspect we’ll know by the end of the year. Hope so, anyway. The curiosity on his possible candidacy and others is starting to get to me, and I know I”m not the only one. ;)

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  1. Phineas says:

    Paul’s camp maintains that states don’t have authority to restrict ballot access for federal elections. A Republican with considerable tea party support, Paul maintains that federal law governs federal elections.

    Mmm…. Not quite. From Article I, section 4, clause 1 of the US Constitution:

    The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

    I read that to mean the states can run their elections pretty much as they see fit, which means the Kentucky rule is legit. At the same time, Congress could write its own rules, which would override state regulations, but, since they apparently haven’t, Rand Paul is out of luck.

    ST:

    which Paul said only strengthened his argument that he, too, should be allowed to do so in Kentucky under “equal application of federal law.”

    It’s an interesting argument, but he should point to the specific federal law that governs in this case. If Wisconsin, etc., allow someone to appear multiple times on a ballot through state law, then that has nothing to do with Kentucky.

    Kind of amusing to see Senator Paul arguing against federalism. ;)