2014-03-09T163539Z_1_CBREA281A3K00_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS

Rand Paul says to decide on 2016 White House run after midterm elections

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) pauses in his remarks as guests applaud at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon HillRepublican Rand Paul said on Sunday he was preparing for a possible run for the presidency in 2016 but would not make a final decision until after the November midterm elections. One day after winning a preference poll of conservative activists, the Kentucky senator his libertarian message of protection for civil liberties could help the Republican Party grow by attracting young people and minorities. “We’re definitely talking about it, my family’s talking about it,” Paul said on “Fox News Sunday” of a run for the presidency. Paul won a straw poll of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday with 31 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place finisher Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who had 11 percent.

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