Paul Finds Potential ’16 Bid a Rougher Ride Than Senate

Rand Paul

Rand Paul at 2014 CPAC

Sen. Rand Paul hasn’t yet declared his candidacy for president, but the Kentucky Republican already is finding the campaign trail to be a more uncomfortable place than the cloistered, tradition-bound Senate.

Out there, it’s a hard-to-control world where every misstep — real or perceived, and even a televised “shush” — rockets around the Internet. What Paul’s supporters see as feisty truth-telling is endlessly inspected for inaccuracies. He’s frustrated by what draws headlines instead of his work in the Senate, which has earned praise from once-wary colleagues in both parties.

Paul last week said of his prospective White House run: “Part of the decision making process is, ‘Do you have a chance? Is the message resonating? Do people believe that you can somehow win this? ‘ ”

“Because it’s not really a lot of fun.”

An ophthalmologist and father of three, Paul won election to the Senate in 2010 after defeating a candidate preferred by Washington Republicans in the GOP primary. In the past four years, he’s earned respect for his work ethic, his willingness to negotiate and his effectiveness as an advocate for his home state of Kentucky. Full Story.

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