Rand Paul: odds good 1 of Pauls will run for prezSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 17:53
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says the odds are better than 50-50 that a Paul will run for president next year but it's unclear who would be the family standard-bearer. But one thing is certain: the younger Paul won't make a bid for the White House if his father, Ron Paul, tries again.
Ron Paul, a U.S. representative from Texas, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 2008. Now Rand Paul, the junior Kentucky senator and tea party favorite, is being encouraged to jump into the coming political fray if his father sits out next year's race- never mind that he's only weeks into the job after one of the most-watched Senate races last fall.
The Kentucky senator said he's not ruling out a bid if his father decides against a repeat run.
"The biggest decision for me is whether my father runs or not," the younger Paul told reporters Thursday.
Nonetheless, Rand Paul said it sounded "pretty reasonable" that one of the politically prominent Pauls would be in play.
"I think there will be one on the ballot," Paul told reporters after speaking to a Rotary club gathering in Louisville. "I think there's a good chance of that."