Rand Paul is a member of the US Senate and is representing the state of Kentucky (2011-). He is the son of the former representative from Texas Ron Paul, who had two unsuccessful bids for the Republican nomination for President in 2008 and 2012. Before running for the Senate, Rand Paul volunteered on his father’s campaigns.

Age: 52 (born January 7, 1963)

Campaign: Rand Paul for President

Main political views: Rand Paul, like his father Ron, is considered a libertarian and a conservative who wants the least possible government control, including a non-interventional foreign policy and smaller military.

Chances of winning: He might be too libertarian for the Republican establishment and not conservative enough on social issues for the evangelical and Christian right factions of the party. Either way, Rand Paul’s chances of winning seem gone as, like many other promising candidates, he has disappeared into the multitude of the Republican field and become almost forgotten by the media and voters.

Update: Two days after the caucus in Iows, Senator Rand Paul stopped his campaign after getting 4% of the votes and having problems raising the necessary funds to continue.

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