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Report: Rand Paul Sets Date for Presidential Announcement

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A published report says Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is eyeing April 7th as the date he will announce whether or not he’s running for president.

The story in The New York Timesquoted anonymous sources close to the Bowling Green Republican as saying only family doubts regarding a run could keep Paul from entering the race. 

If Paul officially enters the GOP primary field at such an early date, it would give him 10 months to raise money and hire staff ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

The report says Paul would most likely declare his White House bid in Kentucky.

Paul has already announced plans to run for re-election to the Senate in 2016.

Kentucky law prohibits a candidate from appearing on the same ballot for two different offices. But, Paul is actively lobbying the state Republican Party to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of the usual primary vote, which would allow him to simultaneously run for his Senate seat and president.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition. He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production. Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.