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Rand Paul
Taking the early presidential plunge
Taking the early presidential plunge

With Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio now in active competition for their parties' 2016 presidential nominations, it's guaranteed that voters will be subjected to one of the longest preludes to the actual election yet recorded. They followed even earlier declarations of candidacy by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, with others soon to come. It's in sharp contrast to the official kickoff 55 years ago when Sen. John F. Kennedy did not announce his bid until the opening of the election year itself. Half a century ago, that sensible starting point was possible because hundreds of millions of dollars were not required to run then as they are today. Nor was the gauntlet...