In 2016 kick-off speech, Rand Paul vows to take country back

Apr 7, 2015 11:39 AM by News Staff, Photo: Michael Vadon / MGN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kicking off his presidential campaign, Sen. Rand Paul is telling supporters that "we've come to take our country back."

The Kentucky senator on Tuesday formally declared his White House campaign. A tea party favorite and frequent contrarian against his party's establishment, Paul is promising to continue his approach to politics.

During his speech, Paul pledged to scrap "the Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms."

Paul becomes just the second major candidate to declare a presidential bid, but he could face as many as 20 rivals for the GOP nomination. Each is trying to win the right to go head-to-head with Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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