Rand Paul wastes little time in attacking Jeb Bush

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is wasting no time gearing up for battle in the 2016 Republican presidential race.

Just hours after Jeb Bush said he was “actively exploring” a White House run, Time magazine reports a political action committee for the Kentucky Republican released a pair of Google search ads using the name of the former Florida governor.

“Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” says the ad sponsored by RandPAC, Paul’s federal leadership committee. The ad links to a page asking supporters to “Stand With Rand” by signing up with an email address and zip code.

Rand is widely expected to announce a presidential bid in the next few months.

On Tuesday, Bush announced he will form a similar leadership committee next month, but his Facebook post did not ask for information on potential donors or supporters.

Paul hired Harris Media, led by Texas digital strategist Vincent Harris – who has worked with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — to prepare for a potential 2016 run.

Time notes that the  second ad from RandPAC indirectly attacks Bush’s position on the Common Core education standards.

“We need leaders who will stand against common core,” the ad says, which also links to Paul’s political action committee page.

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