Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run On Website

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced his bid for president of the U.S. on Tuesday ahead of a rally scheduled in Kentucky.

Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run On Website
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"Above all, it's time for a new president," Rand Paul said.

It's official: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has thrown his hat in the ring for president of the United States — according to his website, at least. On his official campaign website, Paul has a direct quote saying, "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

In advance of his announcement, Paul released this video Sunday featuring sound bites from various political pundits and politicians praising the 2016 hopeful. 

In the video, Paul outlined some of the things he believes separate him from other Republican candidates, such as his attempts to reach out to young voters, his nearly 12-hour-long filibuster during CIA Director John Brennan's nomination and his Republican outreach center in inner-city Detroit. 

Paul is the second major candidate to announce a 2016 presidential bid. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his announcement in late March.

Paul has a rally scheduled for Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky. The rally in his home state will be followed by similar events in swing states around the country — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada. 

This video includes images from Getty Images.