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Bill would let Paul run for 2 offices at same time

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks towards waiting reporters in front of federal court in Washington. A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Paul has been announced Thursday, March 6, 2014, as keynote speaker for the southwest Ohio GOP's annual Lincoln-Reagan fundraiser dinner. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. A Republican lawmaker from his home state wants to free him from the potential dilemma by letting him run for both.

State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday he wants to clarify that current Kentucky law, which prevents someone from running for multiple offices, does not apply to federal elections.

A bill he introduced would allow candidates' names to appear twice on the same ballot if one or both offices sought are federal offices.

Thayer says he was approached by Paul's staff about the legislation and later spoke several times with Kentucky's freshman senator about it.

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