2016 today: Rand Paul is in, Carly Fiorina blames liberal environmentalists for drought

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has officially announced his candidacy for president in 2016. The rally in Louisville is happening now, but Paul sent out an email this morning to kick off his campaign.

Paul kicked off the launch on Tuesday with an emailed fundraising solicitation, ahead of an appearance at the Galt House Hotel where, advisers said, Paul would present himself as a change agent who would reform the federal government.

“Today I’m announcing I’m running for President of the United States of America because I want to defeat the Washington machine,” Paul wrote in one version of the email. He posted a similar announcement on his campaign site RandPaul.com.

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and former Senate hopeful, is also considering a run for the White House. The Republican hit headlines today by blaming liberal environmentalists for the drought in California, which she described as a “man-made disaster.”

“California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It’s a tragedy.”

It’s a bold comment, but she presents a good argument.

“That’s the tragedy of California, because of liberal environmentalists’ insistence — despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population has doubled,” Fiorina said.

She could have said it a little nicer, but I think it’s safe to say that Carly Fiorina does not like liberal environmentalists.


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