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Republican Rand Paul Announces Candidacy For U.S. Presidency

U.S. Senator Rand Paul

(Photo : Reuters/John Sommers II ) U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) formally announces his candidacy for president during an event in Louisville, Kentucky, April 7, 2015.

U.S. Republican Senator Rand Paul has announced his intent to run for president of the United States of America.

"Today, I announce with God's help -with the help of liberty lovers everywhere - that I'm putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America," Paul announced in a rally in Louisville.

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Paul, 52, has been vocal with his advocacies about civil liberties, strong family values and anti-interventionist foreign policies.

Analysts say Paul's advocacies will help him gain support and alliance from both the young and traditional Republican voters.

Campaign Upbeats

After his declaration of candidacy, Paul went for a four-day campaign trail at New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina.

"Government should be restrained and freedom should be maximized," Paul said in one of his electoral campaign speeches. He also promoted for the amendment of the constitution and application of reforms to stabilize the country's budget. He cited that America's rising debt has gotten more serious under Obama's Administration.

Paul is said to bring forward his father's legacy as a persistent presidential hopeful. His father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, is a forefront figure in advocacies pertaining to civil liberties.

Political analysts, however, projected that the younger Paul's campaign sorties will be different that of his father's.

Unlike his father's straightforward libertarian approaches, Rand Paul is gearing towards a more strategic approach in his campaign. He will not be as purist and mainstream like his father. In this way, he can get more tickets for general election.

Tight Competition

"His [Paul] entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition," said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who also earlier announced his candidacy for the GOP Presidential nomination.

Analysts predicted that the coming months will show a tighter competition among Presidential hopefuls as Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and others are expected to join the campaign trail.

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