U.S. Senator Rand Paul will declare his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 7, MSNBC reported, citing multiple sources inside the Kentucky lawmaker’s camp.
“This will be an official announcement, not an exploratory committee,” MSNBC quoted an unnamed source close to Paul as saying. The network said the announcement would take place in Louisville, Kentucky.
Paul would be the first major candidate to formally jump into next year’s White House race. Republican Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, has set up a committee to explore a possible 2016 candidacy.
Paul and Scott Walker have been going through most of the unofficial motions in preparation for 2016 so far. Jeb Bush has finally been acting like serious consideration is something that he will have to earn, rather than have it conferred upon him through some faux-imperial line of succession.
Another player not mentioned at all, but who seems to be seriously considering a run is Rick Perry, whose PAC has been hyperactive lately.
Al that is certain is that even the second tier Republicans are better than whatever is sitting on the Democrat’s bench.
Unless, of course, that candidate is named Jeb.