Sen. Rand Paul delivers remarks while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, April 7, 2015. AFP/Luke Sharrett
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Paul, a conservative libertarian who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with strong support from the Tea Party movement, was expected to make a more formal announcement later in the day.It was by defying the Republican "establishment" that Paul, now 52, launched his political career in 2009 .And it is by billing himself as a different kind of Republican leader that Paul will look both to rally ultraconservatives during the primaries and then broaden the base of his party among young people, independents and minorities. Rand Paul prefers the term "libertarian conservative" to describe himself, or a "constitutional conservative," taking care to break with libertarian positions considered too strict or even marginal.Paul has nuanced his positions on some issues.In Kentucky, Paul's longtime supporters within the Tea Party are avid about this self-proclaimed anti-establishment candidate.
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