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By Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News (TNS)

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is looking to announce his presidential bid the second week of April — if he decides to run — a person familiar with his plans said Tuesday.

The first-term Republican, who burst onto the political scene in the Tea Party election of 2010, is widely seen as a serious contender for his party’s nomination in 2016. His libertarian views — on issues ranging from foreign aid to criminal sentencing rules to monetary policy — provide a contrast with some of the other top-tier contenders in the GOP.

The senator has also been quick and relentless in attacking the Democratic front-runner, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The early April timeline would allow Paul to raise money for almost three full months before his first fundraising report would be due to the Federal Election Commission in mid-July.

The New York Times reported Tuesday night that he has circled April 7 as a preferred announcement date.

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