FRANKFORT, Kentucky (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is giving his strongest sign yet that he will run for president in 2016.
Paul is asking asked Kentucky party leaders this week for a change in the way the state chooses its presidential nominee in 2016 to avoid a costly legal battle on whether he can run for president and re-election to his Senate office at the same time.
Paul has already said he will run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2016.
Paul has routinely said he has not decided if he will run for president. But his letter strongly implied he has made his decision.
The libertarian-minded senator casts himself as someone who can attract younger people in minorities but he has rankled the Republican leadership at times with views that go against the party mainstream.