Sep 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Rand Paul says hes sticking with spring decision on 2016

Manchester, New Hampshire – Rand Paul says he's keeping to his timetable.

The Republican senator from Kentucky and possible presidential contender told NH1 that it's unlikely he'll make a decision on running for the White House before the spring of next year.

Paul made his comments Friday morning minutes before he headlined a unity breakfast for New Hampshire Republicans, which was held just three days after a bruising GOP Granite State primary.

Asked if he'll move up his timetable if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy soon after the new year, or if other Republicans launch bids for the GOP nomination in first couple of months following November's midterm elections, Paul said "I think it's unlikely we'll make a decision before the spring."

Clinton, who would be the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016 if she decides to make another run for the White House, said last week that she will likely make a decision sometime after the new year.

The visit to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the race for the White House, is Paul's second this year. Besides keynoting the unity breakfast, the first-term senator also joined Republican Senate nominee Scott Brown at a rally at the University of New Hampshire, attended a meeting of business leaders, and headlined an event held by Opportunity Generation, a gathering of libertarian-minded millennials.

Paul said part of the reason he came to New Hampshire was to try and turn the purple state red again by helping the GOP broaden its outreach.

"What we have decided, what we have concluded is that we want to help the party grow bigger and New Hampshire at large has become more of a purple state than a red state. Once upon a time you could count on New Hampshire being red. But now the party has to figure out how to get New Hampshire back to being red," Paul said.

"Whether it leads to something else, we'll find out more in the spring," Paul added, alluding to a potential presidential campaign.


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