Rand Paul Considering Presidential Bid

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), speaks at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner event, Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Paul opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable.

The #StandWithRand crowd could be translating Twitter support to the ballot in 2016. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told Breitbart News that his team has “been thinking about” a presidential bid in the upcoming election. He plans to make an announcement after the midterm congressional elections in 2014, but already leads his potential rivals by a few percentage points in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. “I haven’t made a decision. It’s a big decision, you know, with regard to family and the extensive travel that’s involved with it,” he says. “And then also just seeing where the country is going in the next year or two.”