Why He Matters
Rand, son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who has become a hero in certain circles for his libertarian views, entered politics for the first time in 2010. And he's made big waves doing so, winning a hard-fought battle against Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D).
In May 2010, riding a wave of anti-Washington anger as part of the tea-party movement, he crushed the competition to win the Republican nod for the open seat of retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.). "I have a message, a message from the tea party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back," Paul said.
Paul is considered by some to be a dark horse candidate for vice president in 2012.