Washington (CNN) – Does Sen. Rand Paul have designs on an office higher than the one he was elected to in November?
The Kentucky Republican has booked a trip to South Carolina on Monday to appear at the Charleston Meeting, an off-the-record gathering of influential conservatives inspired by the weekly "Monday Meeting" of conservatives in New York City.
Paul will also make a separate Palmetto State appearance to promote his new book, "The Tea Party Goes to Washington."
South Carolina, of course, is a required stopover for any Republican with presidential ambitions. The early primary state has voted for the eventual GOP nominee in every contest going back to 1980.
The Tea Party hero is already slated to visit the leadoff caucus state of Iowa on April 2 to headline the state Republican Party's "Night of the Rising Stars" dinner in Des Moines.
A Paul adviser confirmed the latest trip, which was first reported by the South Carolina political blog FITSNews.com.
Paul's father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is considering a repeat bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 but told CNN last week that he is "50/50 on the issue of running or not running."