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Rand Paul

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It's safe to say Rand Paul's presidential announcement didn't exactly go smoothly. 

Well, to be fair, it started out smoothly. The Senator broke the news on his website that he'll be entering the bid for 2016. That was followed up by a speech in his native Kentucky which was videotaped and then posted on YouTube for all to see. Until now.

The video no longer appears, and has instead been replaced with a message from YouTube reading "This video contains content from WMG, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

The WMG in the statement refers to Warner Music Group—YouTube allows the owners of copyrighted material to automatically block videos that use that material, so there's a good chance that's what's behind the disappearance of Paul's announcement.

According to Business Insider, the politician entered and exited the stage to an anti-Wall Street country song, "Shuttin' Detroit Down" by John Rich. It appears that Rand's people may have failed to clear things with the singer's label, and now they're paying a most embarrassing price.

Even more ironic? The staunchly libertarian senator's big speech was against government intervention, and that was the very thing that caused the removal of his video. Maybe he'll find a way to laugh about this?