Skip to comments.Rand Paul seeks Kentucky law to run for president, Senate at same time
Posted on 03/04/2014 8:18:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Opening a door to hedge his political bets, Sen. Rand Paul has asked the leader of the Kentucky Senate for legislation to ensure that Mr. Paul can run both for the White House and for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016, The Washington Times has learned.
Yes, I am working on clarifying an ambiguous state law that Rand Paul believes is unconstitutional if it is interpreted to bar running for re-election to the Senate and for president at the same time, Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer told The Times on Monday.
The purpose of the bill will be to make clear that Rand Paul or anyone in a similar situation in Kentucky can run for both offices in the same year, Mr. Thayer explained. If things go Mr. Pauls way, he could win the GOP presidential nomination, then run in the fall 2016 general election for the presidency and to retain his U.S. Senate seat. If he wins the presidency and the Senate re-election bid, he would relinquish his Senate seat.
If he loses the presidential election but wins the Senate re-election race, he would become a second-term U.S. senator from Kentucky.
Since winning his election in 2010, Mr. Paul has argued for creating term limits so members of Congress could serve a maximum of 12 years in each chamber.
Mr. Paul and his office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. But in a recent C-SPAN Newsmakers program, Mr. Paul said he and his team were looking at the possibility of running for the Senate and the White House simultaneously.
We just havent come to a conclusion yet, he said at the time.
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Lieberman ran for veep and Senate. So did LBJ. But it's a bit different for the top spot.
I am absolutely done voting for people like Rand Paul. It’s not just amnesty, it’s his complete lack of understanding about who Obama is. Cruz and Mike Lee understand. I would vote for them. Romney may have been better for the economy, in the short term, but we’d still be on a horrible path.
I know you’re not haranguing me, but others will. And they can do it all they want. They want my vote, nominate a conservative who understands what’s going on.
3rd Party candidates who give Dems the victory.
I thoroughly disagree. I want my candidate all in...go for broke.
kinda like trying to ride two horses at the same time, ain’t it ?
The trolls from the WH want to see Conservatives fighting one another. They try to foment bad feeling on blogs like FR.
Let’s not be duped by the DUmmies....
Yep, 12 years max. For example, if I, NCC-1701, were to run for political office, I would go in KNOWING that, should I win, the 12 year countdown clock would begin. I could run six times for a house seat or two times for the senate. Or any combination that maxes out at 12 years. After that time, I could NO LONGER run again. Not lay off for a cycle or two the run again. My time would be up. No more elections to those two offices. Is that clear enough?
Why? Please don’t say because its not fair. :-)
“Agreed. Go all in or go home”
Yeh lets get rid of Rand and get a Democrat in that senate seat. Yeh that makes sense.
Scoundrel-ish, law or not. That’s one of those things you just don’t do. It’s public office, not a game of cards.
You cannot serve two masters. Run for the office you want. Sounds like he just wants to guarantee he can stay in “office” if he loses one. It would be terrible to have to get a job again.
I told you not to say it wouldn’t be fair. :-)
Can’t stand Paul, and this just makes him the worst.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much, Rand. You ensured the folks most likely to vote for you for President hate your guts because you love Chinless McConnell.
The only person I saw talking about third parties is...you.
So...a senator should resign if he runs for POTUS? That would be fine with me but...
The rules need to be consistent. Why should McCain be able to run for POTUS as Senator but Paul has to choose just because his term ends in a Presidential year election?
That’s because I recognize that’s the only path Rand can take.
He certainly won’t be the GOP nominee!
Agreed. So, he won’t do third party, he doesn’t want to throw away his sinecure. Those Senate perks are pretty nice.
If this guy gets loose in the exec. branch we r in trouble.
I say have Paul lead the national leadership of the ACLU or be the next Governor of California.
I will not vote for him