Rand Paul - Republican

AGE: 47

OCCUPATION: Eye surgeon in Bowling Green, Kentucky

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is Rand Paul's first attempt at public office.  He founded Kentucky Taxpayers United (KTU), a watchdog group focused on fighting tax increases in the Kentucky legislature.  His father, Ron Paul, is a Republican congressman from Texas.  Ron Paul ran for President two times; in 1988 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party and again in 2008 as a candidate for the Republican party nomination.

EDUCATION: Paul attended Baylor University as an undergraduate.  He received his medical degree from Duke University.

PERSONAL: Paul is married to wife, Kelley and they have three sons.

2010 CAMPAIGN: Paul announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate shortly after incumbent Senator Jim Bunning said he would not seek re-election.  Paul had the backing of the Tea Party movement and the blessing of Sen. Bunning.  His main opponent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, was supported by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  In the May primary, Paul got 59% of the Republican vote, Grayson received 35%.

ON THE ISSUES: Paul says "this election is really about the President's agenda.  Do you support the President's agenda or do you not support it?"

Wants to reduce the size of the federal government and balance the budget.  "I will immediately introduce bills to reduce spending.  We will have a balanced budget amendment introduced if I'm elected."

Opposes the national healthcare law. "My healthcare premium went up 15% since Obamacare passed."

Opposes the clean air Cap and Trade proposal. "If we pass cap and trade, it will be a disaster to Kentucky's economy and to Kentucky jobs."

Opposed the federal stimulus act: "Where does the  money come from? The money is not for free, the money has to be borrowed."

Social Security:  Said it may be necessary to raise the retirement age to keep Social Security from going broke. "The baby boom generation is getting ready to retire.  We're going to double the number of retirees.  There will have to be changes."