The son of the Republican Congressman from Texas Ron Paul has announced he will be seeking a Senate seat from Kentucky.
The seat will be vacated by another Republican, Jim Bunning, who will not be seeking reelection in 2010. The younger Paul is an eye surgeon, and the announcement marks his first foray into politics, although his libertarian-conservative views were widely publicized during his father’s short-lived presidential campaign in 2008.
In particular, Paul is a strict constitutionalist who believes in traditional Republican principles of small government and a free-market economy.
"It’s about time we have someone who is an outsider and not a career politician in Washington," he told the Associated Press. He was also widely reported in the media as saying he worries about the ballooning federal deficit and the financial burden it will place on future generation of Americans.
He also spoke of his unwillingness to approach problems from a Republican versus Democrat perspective, but rather "in terms of issues and whether they’re good or bad."
After a media blitz, including appearances on Fox News and MSNBC, the biggest challenge now for Paul will be to raise enough money. On August 20, Paul’s grassroots supporters are planning a one-day political donation event with the goal of finding 10,000 supporters who will donate $100 each for a total of $1 million.