Sen. Rand Paul looking at presidential announcement in March or April
WASHINGTON (WDRB) -- Will he or won't he? Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is inching towards a decision about running for the White House.
Rand Paul has been acting like a presidential candidate for months. He insists he has still not decided, but that decision is getting closer.
"March, April probably. I don't think it's going to be earlier than that," Paul told WDRB during an interview in his Capitol Hill office. "But I hate to pin it down and say a date because we haven't made a decision yet, nor do we absolutely know it's going to be a certain time."
Rand Paul knows time is running short if he wants to be a serious contender for the White House in 2016.
"It's still a family discussion as well as just kind of getting beyond this election cycle and seeing how the next one plays out," he said.
It promises to be a crowded field. Paul predicts at least ten Republicans will jump into the race.
"And we'll see if we think we're in the mix of that, and can win. I don't want to do it just to do it, we want to do it because we actually think we can win," said Paul.
Paul has always said family considerations will play a large role, but his wife Kelley is also raising her public profile. She is now on tour promoting her new book, but recently told cn2's Pure Politics that making the leap to potential First Lady is a tough decision.
"Obviously, I think, anyone goes into this with some trepidation because you're really putting yourself out there on a national level," she told cn2.
Complicating things is the fact that Rand Paul is also running to return to Capitol Hill, where Republicans now control the Senate. He believes the state party will get around a law that prevents him from appearing on the ballot twice. The potential solution - do away with Kentucky's Republican presidential primary.
"We're thinking more and more about the possibility of having a caucus. Apparently, as people have looked at these rules, they've discovered the party itself can vote to have a caucus, and that would probably solve the problem that I have if there was a Republican caucus," said Paul.
For now, Paul says he's anxious to see how the new Senate works under the leadership of Kentucky's senior Senator, Mitch McConnell.
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