Unless you've been living under a rock for the past two years, you know that Rand Paul is running for president. The Kentucky Republican made it official Tuesday morning, with a post on his campaign website in advance of a formal speech at noon.
"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," Paul says on the site.
The rally, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, is already in swing. Various members of the Paul family—including libertarian patriarch Ron Paul—are on stage, taking their place under an enormous banner with Senator Paul's new campaign slogan: "Defeat The Washington Machine, Unleash The American Dream." The crowd—expected to be around 1,500—are filing into the ballroom in their Stand With Rand T-shirts. Guys are selling pins about Benghazi and gun rights in the lobby. The hotel DJ just cranked up Bruno Mars. Shit is on.
Watch Paul's speech live below:
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