Who says you can't run for the White House and for reelection to the Senate?
At a meeting of the Kentucky GOP's Central Committee on Saturday, Sen. Rand Paul will be making the case that he should be allowed to do both.
What Paul is proposing would do more than give him the safety net of potentially keeping his Senate seat should his White House aspirations fall short.
It would also push the Bluegrass State toward the front of the Republicans' presidential nominating process with a proposed early presidential caucus in March, alongside its usual mid-May primary.
Paul is seeking the change because Kentucky law prohibits a candidate from running for two spots in one election. If the committee approves the change, he could run for the presidential nomination in the special March caucus and his Senate seat in the traditional May primary.
As might be expected, the request faces a skeptical crowd back home.
One problem is cost. Estimates put the price tag for holding the early presidential caucus, in addition to the state primary, as $300,000. Others suggest that it would cost more than twice that.
Paul has promised to cover the cost, putting $200,000 in a special account and vowing to pay whatever else is needed in full.
The bigger issue, though, is what Paul would do if the proposal is rejected?
If that is the case, he would be forced to decide whether to run for one office or the other, and that would be a shake-up for both races.
And if he prevails, what happens in November? He would need to sue the state to allow him to appear twice on the general-election ballot.
The Central Committee is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. EDT in Frankfort, Ky., for the vote.
With about 200 members, it could take a while for the decision to come down.