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Sen. Rand Paul 'leaning toward' White House run

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he leaning toward a run for the White House.

Paul was at Sullivan University Friday to talk criminal justice reform, but he also answered questions about what increasingly appears to be a run for the White House.

"Often Republicans are portrayed as people who have two heads and don't want to help people," Paul told the crowd.

That's why Paul is branding himself as a different kind of Republican. His audience applauded his push to help non-violent felons clear their records.

If that sounds like part of a presidential platform, Paul is not quite ready to go there. But he's close.

"I am leaning towards getting involved. I've been traveling the country, presenting the message, and trying to say, 'You know what? Maybe a different kind of Republican might be the kind of Republican that could win an election,” Paul told reporters.

Numerous reports say Paul will announce on April 7. Paul will only say March or April, and insists he's not made a final decision.

"Really, seeing where the country is, if the message is resonating, and that we think we have a real chance of winning. There is also still the family, discussing whether or not the rigors of the travel -- that we're all up to it," he said.

But Paul is hedging his bets. He's also running for re-election to the Senate, and trying to work around a Kentucky law that prohibits him from appearing twice on the ballot.

A possible solution is for Kentucky Republicans to hold a presidential caucus instead of a primary in 2016.

"And while I'm hopeful and optimistic, if I do this, that I can be the nominee, I don't know that. So this would eliminate any problems going through a presidential primary if I chose to," said Paul.

In the meantime Paul both enjoys, and endures, the attention that comes with a presidential campaign; the kind of scrutiny that jumps on every perceived gaff.

"It's a fact of life that we deal in sort of an Internet news storm, sometimes. I've tried to keep my foot out it for the most part," he said.

If Paul announces by April, it will likely make him the first Republican to officially enter the race.

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