Rand Paul is the 2016 candidate Republicans need. Too bad they won't admit it.

The freshman senator from Kentucky is the only Republican trying to widen the tent, but Republicans won't accept the price of expansion

Sen. Rand Paul.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was first out of the gate in the 2016 presidential horse race, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the underdog everyone suddenly seems to be rooting for. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is still probably the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker not too far behind.

But this is the only prediction I'm comfortable making: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is announcing his candidacy in Louisville today, won't be America's next president.

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