(THE HILL) Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) decision to mount a rare talking filibuster over President Obama’s drone strike policy has — for the moment — propelled the Kentucky lawmaker to the forefront of the 2016 Republican presidential conversation.

The challenge now facing the first-term senator, say GOP operatives, is finding a way to stay there.

“These are the types of events that make you a player, so that in three years you’ve laid the groundwork and [it’s] not just assumed you’re going to be a fringe Libertarian and Tea Party-only candidate,” said David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens’ United.


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