ON THE RUN: Rand Paul is Announcing His Run for the White House Today

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Will he be more successful than his father? Only time will tell.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making a run for the White House in 2016.

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Sen. Paul wrote on his website Tuesday, shortly before his televised announcement.

Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite, plans to direct his opening pitch to his libertarian base. Like his father, retired Rep. Ron Paul, he has a strong base of support with younger Republicans. He is thought to be Internet-savvy, and someone who can expand the breadth of Americans willing to vote for the GOP. Paul even made a recent appearance at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, famous for its young, techie crowds.

But Paul will face a myriad of challenges during his bid.

Though the candidate receives much attention for views that differ from the Republican mainstream, particularly when it comes to foreign policy and criminal justice reform, many question whether his libertarian and tea party-leanings can resonate with the majority of Republicans enough to win him the GOP nomination.

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Read more: mashable.com

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