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Sen. Rand Paul is ready for the 2016 Republican primaries to start—or at least, he's acting like it.

This week, he's making stops in New Hampshire and Nevada. In an interview with the New Hampshire Journal on Wednesday, Paul got in a potshot at Mitt Romney, who is angling for a potential third presidential run.

"When you do the same thing and expect a different result, it's sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result," Paul said. "A couple of months ago [Romney] said that he'd had his chance and it was time for somebody new. He was probably right when he said that."

These comments are just the most recent in Paul's bomb-lobbing campaign against more-establishment Republicans who are considering 2016 runs, such as Romney ("yesterday's news"), Jeb Bush (a "Big Government Republican"), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ("not a staunch defender of the Second Amendment"), and Sen. Marco Rubio ("childish").

For a longer take, read Politico's Manu Raju on Paul's latest bomb-lobbing strategy. It's a strategy that we'll likely see much, much more of over the next year.

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