LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party Republican who has acknowledged he's interested in a presidential bid in 2016, is insisting that he will seek re-election to the Senate that year.
The quandary for Paul is that, under Kentucky law, he has to choose one or the other. He's legally precluded from running for both.
Paul told reporters on Friday that he has formed a re-election committee and that he intends to be on the ballot for Senate. Still, he left open the possibility of running for president.
Republican strategist Mike Karem, a Louisville attorney, said Paul is in the precarious position of "trying to ride two horses." Karem said Paul would find it difficult to raise money for his re-election if people think he's running for president.