LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says filing his candidacy for re-election and for president does not undermine his faltering presidential campaign.
Paul is the only major GOP candidate running for president and also running for his current Senate seat in 2016. Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio decided to not seek re-election in favor of his presidential campaign. Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham aren’t facing election bids in 2016 for their current jobs.
The move is complicated for Paul because of a Kentucky law barring candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election. The state Republican party decided to hold its first ever presidential caucus in March to avoid a conflict with its normal primary election in May.
Paul is scheduled to sign papers for both offices Monday.