(NBC NEWS) – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is expected to become the second Republican to officially declare his candidacy for President in 2016.
He thinks like a libertarian. He touts himself as a conservative, but Rand Paul’s biggest challenge may be his own party’s base.
Branding himself as a ‘different kind of Republican’ – Rand Paul’s YouTube video hints at today’s announcement in Kentucky.
From there he hits four more key states: New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.
The Tea Party conservative has been pushing Republicans toward minority voters.
“He’s talked about things in the last four years that most conservatives would be afraid to be voted off the island if they were talking about those types of things,” said Former Rep. J.C. Watts, (R) Oklahoma.
“That libertarian base, 20-25%, you add in some younger voters. That’s his base at the moment. He needs to expand it,” said Robert Costa, Washington Post.
In Ohio and Florida, Paul is polling within striking distance of Hillary Clinton – even beating her in Pennsylvania.
“People want to see all sides of you, and I think, you know, we’re a country that allows people to reinvent themselves all the time,” said Anita McBride, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush.
Clinton is expected to announce soon.