2016 Candidate Profile: Sen. Rand Paul

Apr 7, 2015

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy on April 7, 2015 on his website. The 52 year-old former ophthalmologist is the son of Ron Paul, the former U.S. Representative for Texas and two-time presidential candidate who ran in 1988 as the nominee for the Libertarian party. Sen. Paul is best known for his own libertarian points of view, especially in the realms of foreign policy, defense spending, and the size and scope of government.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of Paul at New Hampshire events in the run-up to the 2016 first-in-the-nation primary. We will be updating the gallery throughout his campaign.

Audio Clips: Sen. Rand Paul On The Issues

You can listen to audio clips of Paul talking about various issues below. Audio was gathered by NHPR reporters. We will update the playlist throughout the campaign.

On Smaller Government:

"Government is a necessary evil."

"The efficiency argument..."

"Spending only what comes in."

"I am going to make the pie that is left in New Hampshire bigger."

"...you should always try to minimize government so you maximize the productive sector."

“I think you will find that the liberty message has the ability to reach out to new constituents..."

"...I would get rid of departments."

On Education:

"I’d shut down the department of education, I don’t think you would notice it was gone..."

“We have concern same as some of the Democrats do..."

On Military Spending: 

“I think the most important thing we spend money on is national defense."

On Privacy: 

"I’m a big believer in privacy..."

Further Reading:

Via NPR: 5 Things You Should Know About Rand Paul

Paul's Campaign Website