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The Hill: Rand Paul ready to 'explore' 2012 bid


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday he intends to "explore" a run for president in 2012 should his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), decide against another campaign.

"He has not made his mind up," Paul said of his father at a Thursday appearance in Kentucky. "If he does not run, I have not ruled it out, and I will think about it."

Earlier in the day, Paul told a Kentucky radio station that if the Texas congressman doesn't run, "then I think there are options open and we will explore those options."

After Thursday's event, Paul also told the AP that supporters in a number of states are encouraging him to pursue the presidency in 2012 should his father opt out.


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