Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is looking for a way to run for both reelection to the Senate and for president in 2016, in the latest indication he’s serious about a presidential bid.
The Washington Times reported Monday that Paul asked Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer (R) for legislation to enable him to run for both offices simultaneously.
"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," Thayer told The Times. "The purpose of the bill will be to make clear that Rand Paul or anyone in a similar situation in Kentucky can run for both offices in the same year."
The senator has openly stated his interest in running for president, but the GOP contest for the nomination is expected to be competitive. Paul would be hedging his bets if he could retain his Senate seat in the event that he loses the presidential nomination.
The Washington Post noted Tuesday that Democratic VP nominees Joe Lieberman (in 2000) and Joe Biden (in 2008) were allowed by their respective states to run for vice president and reelection to the Senate on the same ballot.