Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to "defeat the Washington machine," according to a video, released Sunday, previewing the lawmaker's expected 2016 rollout.
The populist message fits neatly into the identity Paul has sought to project during his brief time in Washington. And to that end, the proto-campaign video — while muddling Paul's recent lurches to the right on issues like foreign policy — features political commentators from both sides of the aisle talking up Paul or his potential candidacy. Here, Newt Gingrich; there, Jon Stewart.
Paul has a rally planned Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., where he is expected to announce a presidential campaign. So far, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the only major candidate from either party to officially declare a White House bid. — Jon Terbush
Subscribe to The Week
Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.