Rand Paul for U.S. Senate blog
Aug 5, 2009
AP NewsBreak: Paul seeking US Senate seat from Ky.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A Kentucky ophthalmologist who has been eyeing a U.S. Senate campaign says he will run for the seat now held by Jim Bunning.
Republican Rand Paul of Bowling Green ended months of speculation Wednesday when he told The Associated Press in an interview that he is entering the race. Paul told the AP of his decision in advance of a series of planned media events, including an appearance on national television Wednesday evening.
Paul had been considering running even before the 77-year-old Bunning announced last week that he intends to retire when his second term ends next year.
Paul is the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Texas lawmaker who ran in last year's Republican primaries.