Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul painted himself an outsider and a populist as he announced his campaign for the presidency.
"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," a quote attributed to Paul said on his site Tuesday morning.
The Republican politician launched his campaign in a midday speech on Tuesday in Louisville, Kentucky, in which he appealed for a "new way" in America—a way, he said, that works against prevailing D.C. practices.
"I have a message. A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back," Paul said at the outset out of the event.
Paul's entrance into the GOP primary follows Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced in March that he is running. The field is expected to be crowded, however, and candidates will be competing hard for constituencies ranging from the Christian right to traditional Wall Street Republicans.
"The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped," he said.
He continued on that theme, pointing to the very nature of modern American politics for many of the country's woes.
In addition to that criticism, Paul took a decidedly populist tone in his Tuesday speech, remarking that "Washington is horribly broken, I fear it can't be fixed from within—we the people must rise up and demand action." Paul has served in the Senate since 2011, but is hardly a career politician, having worked as a physician before running for office.
In addition to domestic issues like economic growth and the federal budget, Paul addressed geopolitical issues, including calling out "radical Islam" as America's chief enemy.