Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Highest office held:
Senator from Kentucky

Notable quote:
“I have a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words. We've come to take our government back.”

Rand Paul

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Rand Paul, known for its libertarian ideals and dramatic attacks on the U.S. tax code, died Feb. 3, 2016. It was 303 days old.

Headed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, the campaign was born in Louisville on April 7, 2015. The campaign grew quickly, earning $1 million in its first day. However, the financial boom was to be short-lived. The campaign raised millions of dollars over the next several months and got a helping hand from super PACs, but it struggled to match the money flowing to other Republican candidates such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Major moments in the campaign’s life included a fifth place finish in the Iowa caucus (a move that earned a single delegate from the 30 available) and the iconic video of Paul destroying the U.S. tax code with the help of fire, a woodchipper and a chainsaw.

A memorable time for voters came in May 2015, when Paul spent over 10 hours on the Senate floor in a filibuster against the Patriot Act. Paul called it “the most unpatriotic of acts,” referring to how the act gives the government to collect massive amounts of information about American citizens.

It is survived by Rand Paul’s re-election campaign for Senate.