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Ron Paul is still politically active, and has launched a support campaign for son Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign. (Associated Press)

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky burns the tax code in an Instagram post uploaded Friday, July 10, 2015. (Image: Instagram, Rand Paul) ** FILE **

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential hopeful, speaks during a campaign stop at a sports bar in the Cherry Creek area in Denver on June 30, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate, holds the record for the most frugal lawmaker. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said the United States should not give money to countries that persecute Christians. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks with a reporter as he leaves the Capitol following his address to the Senate in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside of the Senate Chamber following his address to the Senate in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks with reporters outside of the Senate Chamber following his address to the Senate in Washington, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, has long been a critic of the Patriot Act's far-reaching surveillance powers and the fight over its reauthorization has helped him carve out a unique space among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky., in this April 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gets a campaign assist from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, at the Warren County Regional Airport in Paul's hometown, Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 3, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at an Illinois Policy Institute event Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Chicago. (Rich Hein/Sun-Times Media via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGAZINES OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

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"ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately," said Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul. "And most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is locked in a fierce battle with Kentucky seatmate Rand Paul over extending the phone-snooping powers of the Patriot Act, which Mr. Paul opposes. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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In this image from Senate video, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and a Republican presidential contender, speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon, May 20, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, during a long speech opposing renewal of the Patriot Act. Paul claimed he was filibustering, but under the Senate rules, he wasn’t. (Senate TV via AP)

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said candidates should answer the question about whether, knowing what they know now, they would support the invasion of Iraq, which led to more than 4,000 American troops killed and ongoing turmoil in the region. (Associated Press)