Rand Paul's flirtation with running for president is getting serious: he's asking Kentucky's senate to file a bill that would allow him to run for both the U.S. Senate and president in 2016.
Kentucky's current law says a candidate's name cannot appear on a ballot more than once, which would seemingly force him to choose which office he wants to pursue rather than hedging his bets by running for both.
State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer told the Washington Times: "Yes, I am working on clarifying an ambiguous state law that Rand Paul believes is unconstitutional if it is interpreted to bar running for re-election to the Senate and for president at the same time."
According to WFPL, Paul brought the issue up to the state Senate's Republican caucus last month.
"He is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, but that he is strongly considering seeking the Republican nomination for President," Thayer told WFPL. "I hope he does."
Perhaps not so excited at the prospect are Kentucky's House of Representatives, which is (a very slight) majority Democrat. A "veteran Republican Party operative" told the Washington Times that he won't let the bill pass.
Should the bill pass, it would be unusual for Paul to run for both Senate and president at the same time. It would also show that he doesn't have much faith in winning the presidency. That said, several people have run for vice president and Congress at the same time, including Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Rand Paul is not reportedly considering a run for the House of Representatives, although if he's going to run for president and Senate at the same time, he might as well go for the hat-trick.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
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