LOUISVILLE, KY – The race for the Republican presidential nomination just doubled in size with the announcement by Kentucky junior senator Rand Paul.
"I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and doesn't mince words. We have come to take our country back.”
Paul is an eye doctor and son of former Lake Jackson congressman Ron Paul who ran for president three times. Rand Paul hopes to keep most of his father’s small, but passionate following of Libertarians.
"Washington is horribly broken and I fear it can't be fixed from within. We the people must rise up and demand action.”
Paul says America is at war, and to win that war, we have to identify our enemy, which he says is radical Islam.
"Without question we must defend ourselves and American interests from our enemies. But until we name the enemy, we can't win the war. The enemy is radical Islam, you can't get around it. And not only will I name the enemy, I will do what it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind.”
Paul told the crowd we need to gather intelligence to defend the country, but not with warrantless searches of cell phones and computers.
"Warrantless searches of America's phones and computer records are un-American and a threat to our civil liberties. I say that your phone records are yours, I say that phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business . . . The president created this vast dragnet by executive order and as president, on day one, I will immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance.”
Paul hopes to attract young and minority voters, who traditionally vote for Democrats. At the same time, he wants to keep his father’s Libertarian base.
"This message of liberty is for all Americans. Americans from all walks of life. The message of liberty, of opportunity, and justice is for all Americans."
Right now, Paul and Texas senator Ted Cruz as the only official candidates, Republican or Democrat, but count on that to change soon.