Rand Paul has not filed paperwork to run for US president
Rand Paul (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) said on Thursday that Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has not filed official paperwork to become a candidate for U.S. president in 2016.

The FEC's comments came after the CNBC cable network reported that Paul had filed such documents.

"We do not have a filing indicating Rand Paul is running," an FEC spokeswoman said. A spokeswoman for Paul also said the senator had not filed anything with the FEC.

(Reporting By Will Dunham and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Sandra Maler)