August 6th, 2009
11:12 AM ET
5 years ago

Ron Paul's son following in father's footsteps

(CNN) - The phrase "like father, like son" is ringing true for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

His son, Rand Paul, announced this week he's set his sights on the Kentucky Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.

"I'm very worried about our country; I'm worried about the debt. I'm worried about what the debt will lead to," Paul told CNN when asked why he's jumping into the political arena. "Both sides of the aisle - Republican and Democrat - have been unwilling and afraid to address the deficit, and someone's got to."

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  1. Jan Illinois

    Good Luck , Rand, We could use someone who is willing to tackle our debt problems.

    August 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Hap

    I like his father but think some of his ideas are a little off. Either one though speaks sensibly on less goverment and spending. I think he would be a good change from excess currently on display. Did you see they just ordered 3 planes for $200M for Congress – just humble servants...

    August 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Libertarian

    Hopefully he NEVER aligns himself with the old GOP leadership. I once considered myself a very proud Republican. However, watching Cheney twist the Constitution and use GW as a hand-puppet while getting filthy rich (Haliburton) made me physically ill.

    How can a true Conservative inherit a SURPLUS from a Liberal and turn it into the largest deficit ever known in 8 years?? My gut turns.

    August 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. IndyVoter

    What a surprise. That's what happens with families of power, money and influence (on both sides of the aisle). They pass it on to their children. I guess its jut too bad for most Americans who are not rich, do not have loads of money or are not famous. Not a surprise.

    August 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Ron Paul would have been great a hundred years ago.

    August 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Andy J, NY, NY

    I've heard him speak several times, and i like what i hear.

    I like Ron, and I think i like his son even more.

    August 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. ch

    Following in his father's footsteps??

    What footsteps – his father got about 13 votes in the presidential primaries last year and has ZERO influence beyond his VERY small cult of followers.

    August 6, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Larry

    "Both sides of the aisle"

    Sounds like we have another McCain on our hands.

    Listen Rand, we're all concerned about the defecit. You're not the only one. Don't flatter yourself.

    A year ago we had a financial crisis, created by Republicans, that could have put this country in a depression. Emergency steps were taken.

    Now I ask you, what would you have done? And you're a Republican, so I don't really expect and honest answer.

    August 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Looney Larry

    We need more fiscally responsible people, not a bunch of liberals making the debt so big we, AS A COUNTRY GO BANKRUPT. Evan Bayh, Democrat Senator, said this past weekend that our country is close to bankruptcy.

    August 6, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. DiBiase/Bad Newz, VA

    Rand gave the President an F for his job approval. I couldn't disagree more with him. His father gave the administration a D. At least Ron Paul acknowledges that this problem started under Bush's watch. I disagree with both assessments of the administraton because they're based on solely on the deficit. I can't blame the administration for a trillion dollar inherited deficit. I also can't blame them for spending money to fix the problem.

    August 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Claudia in Houson

    Worried or just another opportunist without qualifications. 8 years of watching GWB create this mess without any solutions to fix it was the time to worry, not when our President is working hard to fix it.

    August 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Here we go...." I'm very worried about the debt...noone's speaking up about it...". Where have you been? Vacationing in Maui? Yet somehow you got the Party memo saying "oppose, oppose, but offer NO solutions that way they can't nail you!".

    Dr. Paul goes on to wax poetic by adding "... "I don't know how you get rich as a country by borrowing money...". Newsflash: we're NOT trying to get rich. We USED to be rich but now we're BROKE. So we have to borrow money. That's what people do when they're made broke, they borrow. Heck, people used to borrow from us once upon a time!
    As for your state letting their stimulus monies JUST SIT THERE while the state's economy could be improved by putting it to work: STOOPID!
    You got the money through the federal government, your state "worrying" about where it came from and how are we going to pay it back is ludicrous. That money could be generating money by now.

    Oh puleeze! Keep your shingle handy Dr.

    August 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Glenn; Detroit, MI

    Ok Republicans... Here's your fresh new face for 2016. Nurture him, get him on the right committees, educate him on true Republican values, (not the extreme views that are out there now in your party) and you'd have a real shot at getting another young candidate with real political clout into the arena! Don't blow it!!!

    August 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Seattleite

    Great news! Registered Democrat here in Seattle that would jump at the chance to cast a vote for you in KY, Dr. Paul. I wish you the very best of luck.

    August 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Doc

    Ron Paul talks a good game, always has, but never really can walk the walk. He has as someone already stated, zero influence on any of his colleagues, may have a grand cult following but then again, so did Ed Wood. I admired his stand on Iraq since its inception yet he will trample his so-called Libertarianism with calls of not allowing a woman choice. Its one thing to be for people who want to smoke in public places and feel their rights are trampled, yet to turn your back and insist on pro-life measures and rob a woman of choice is hypocritical. I'm sure your son has the same contradictory ideas as well...not too many ideas in your neck of the woods anyway, Ron...

    August 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Jim

    Is he a crackpot like his dad?

    August 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. CF

    Ron Paul is a kook who lacks basic understanding about finances, social rights, and how states and federal governments function. We don't need another one of him.

    August 6, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    ANYONE is better than what we have in office now.

    August 6, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. ANGIE IN PA

    I agree but what you seem to be forgetting is when President Clinton left office he left a huge surplus, and Bush and Republicans spent all of our money in Iraq,Bailouts,Big oil now we were on the Brink of a major depression thanks to them so what would you have done?

    August 6, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. HJA

    Just another double talker. Why is it the GOP always talks like they care about this country and then do everything they can to mess it up? History shows the defecit rises when they are in office. They say less government but then increase spying on the people and give big business free reign to rip people off. They have provided no solutions to health care other than leave the insurance programs in place so they can get a hefty kick back (it's called lobbying). The so called conservative Blue Dog Democrats are doing the same thing. This was supposed to be a govrnment "of the people, for the people, by the people". Now it's of the rich, for the rich, by the rich. Let the cash register ring.

    August 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. queene4theday in FL

    Does this joker even know or understand the needs of the constituents in the state of kentucky? So he's only running where there is a vacant seat. Great!! Here's a bright and novel idea...how about you do some work in your local government before you set your eyes on a big stage...

    August 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Precious

    Dems wants to pass healthcare so they can be put back in power in 2010/2012, and then they can raise taxes in their last term, and the American people won't have the power to say or do anything, not even vote them out. I believe Power comes from common sense.

    August 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. LIP

    Great interview on CNN this morning. Looks and sounds like a potential candidate for 2012.

    August 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Tom St. Paul

    The Libertarian voice is important to the national discussion, but I shudder to think that this party would ever gain control of our nation. Much better that they stay on the sidelines and respectfully hector the rest of us so we don't go too far in spending.

    August 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Baze

    Ron Paul is another kook sideshow Republican. So are his family and followers.

    August 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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