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Rand Paul Launches Campaign With Awesome Swag

About an hour ago, Sen. Rand Paul launched his Presidential campaign website, announcing that he plans to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the nation’s highest office in 2016.

It’s hardly a surprise; he released this video on his website on Sunday, touting his intention to run as a “New Republican Leader,” but like everyone in the field, he has to finaly name it to attempt to claim it. He’ll make the formal announcement around noon, EST, at a rally in his home state of Kentucky, and then he’ll embark on the traditional early-primary state tour, swinging through New Hampshire and Iowa, where his dad won the primary in 2012, and finally through Nevada, where the Republicans are a tiny bit more libertarian than most (seriously, I met one once, at FreedomFest, that had a wolf as a pet. A wolf).

Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010, Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream libertarianism — dogged advocacy of civil liberties combined with an anti-interventionist foreign policy and general support for family values — that he bets will create a coalition of younger voters and traditional Republicans to usher him into the White House.

The test of that theory begins Tuesday when the Kentucky senator makes official what has been clear for years: He’s running for president.

“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Paul said on his new website.

Rand Paul is probably closest to my peculiar brand of conservatarianism, but I have yet to really feel like he’s going to make an impact on the field. He’s at least one step ahead of Ted Cruz in that he’s managed to snag the proper domain name, I like his positions on the issues and his status as an outsider. I also appreciate his willingness to put videos on his site that depict him in ridiculous 1990s tee shirts. And of all the declared campaigns so far, he’s got the best swag, by far.

Behold, the Rand Paul NSA spyblocker webcam cover that stops the government and hackers from prying into your personal life:


The patented Rand on a Stick (set of 12), so you can disrupt other candidates’ intention announcements in style:


The giant Rand Paul birthday card, for that special somone in your life (giant envelope included):


And the ever-popular, appropriately themed Rand Paul eye chart, that lets you test your vision for America and your real vision at the same time:



I was actually hoping that the website would sell these nifty Fourth Amendment “Security Edition” cards that you can sneak onto your person and into your carry-on baggage, that set off the TSA’s metal detectors, forcing them to have to confiscate, from you, the actual Fourth Amendment. But I could always blow $1,000 on the signed Constitution. 

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