By Dylan Stableford
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul made it official Tuesday, announcing that he will run for president in 2016.
“I have a message, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words,” the Republican told supporters in a fiery speech at the Galt House in downtown Louisville, hours after announcing his bid for the White House on his website. “We have come to take our country back.”
Speaking in front of a backdrop that read, “Defeat the Washington Machine — Unleash the American Dream,” Paul said he is running because he has a “different vision” for America, one that includes a return to privacy, opportunity and liberty — and a return to smaller government.
“The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped,” Paul said. “Too often, when Republicans have won, we have squandered our…