Bill Would Let Rand Paul Run For Two Offices Simultaneously

Mar 6, 2014

A bill introduced in the Kentucky legislature is aimed at ensuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul can appear twice on Kentucky's ballot.

The measure is precautionary should Paul opt to run for president and another Senate term in 2016.

The bill was offered by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, a Republican. Thayer says the measure would clarify that current Kentucky law, which prevents someone running for multiple offices, does not apply to federal elections.

Thayer says Paul is the impetus for the bill but that it could affect anyone in the state's federal delegation.

Paul is seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016. He also will be up for re-election to the Senate in 2016.

If the Republican-run state Senate passes the bill, it faces an uphill struggle in the Democratic-led state House.