Washington (CNN) - Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reacted to his father's decision to form a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday, saying his wife is "quite happy" Texas Rep. Ron Paul is running instead of her husband.
"The interesting thing is the Paul household in Kentucky is breathing a sigh of relief, my wife is quite happy that it's Ron Paul running and not Rand Paul," Sen. Paul said Tuesday on CNN's "John King, USA." "She said she's had enough elections for awhile."
The newly elected senator said his father, who has served 12 terms in Congress, has a "much greater chance" now than he did when he last ran in 2008 because he is "well known."
"In 2008 only about one or two percent of the people knew him early on. By the end and by now about 80 percent of America knows his name," Sen. Paul told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "He has a much greater chance than he did before but many of those other candidates even those who have been governors of states are not well known across the United States."
When asked about the age of his father, who will be 77 on Election Day, the Tea Party favorite said "his intellectual curiosity makes him a much younger man than his years."
He was also skeptical of a Donald Trump White House run, especially given his campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.
"I think it's hard for an entertainer or comedian to be treated seriously and that's the big hurdle he will have to overcome," Paul said. "We'll let the public decide that, but I'd say he does have quite a few hurdles to overcome to be taken seriously."
Watch the full interview on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.
I'm kind of bummed that Rand isn't running for prez. He makes me chuckle.
Either one of you would win. I look for a lot of Republican looking for new JOBS come 2012. American people are trier of Republican and Tea party taking everything from the Middle Class, the POOR and the OLD and than give It to the Rich and BIG BUSINESS.
Either Paul would be bad for the country. They believe in no rules for corporations, saying that if you just let these companies have free reign it would fix everything. Well, if you let corporations pay as little as they want (no minimum wage), not follow worker safety standards, offer no benefits (many more people with no health insurance), and pollute as much as they want (destroying our environment and making us sick) they certainly could rake in more money. However, it would still just go to the corporate executives and hard-working Americans would be worse off than ever. It is a ridiculously short-sighted way of thinking. On top of that, they are against programs such as Medicare and Social Security that keep a large number of our elderly (who worked hard all their lives) from being on the street with no health care. The ONLY redeeming quality of either Paul is that they understand we need to cut defense spending. Well, the damage they would do to hard-working Americans far outweighs any positive stance they have on defense spending. I would not vote or Rand or Ron.
Ron and Rand Paul are sitting in a tree
Who will the electorate in that family be?
The older one says "it's me – Good Grief!!"
And the other "...is breathing a sigh of relief..."
Both or either one will lose in 2012!!
THANK YOU SENATOR RAND PAUL AND REP. RON PAUL!!! Both of you are excellent leaders and deserve our thanks for standing up for the constitution. Continue your good work. GOP 2012!
Yeah, like either of them have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected POTUS.
Rand Paul is a better politician than his father, with all the good and bad that implies. The good is he might actually be elected President by the time he is his father's age. The bad news is he knows he has to compromise. We might not end the FED but Congress might take more control of it. We might not end out Empire, but might spend less money on it. We might not have a gold standard, but gold might be a legal medium of exchange. We might not end the drug war, but we might spend less money on it. These things are worth having.
why; no way he can win so shut up and stay out.
No Pauls' need apply...sorry you two, not wanted for POTUS.
The country is not breathing a sign of relief that either of you bigots are running! If you and your father had your way, the US would time warp back to the pre-antebellum period in which the only legitimate people in America would be WASPs. I enjoy seeing your father run, as it is rather amusing.
Rand Paul used the race card to win election in Kentucky and I'm sure his old daddy Ron Paul taught him that. Sorry Pauls, the race card doesn't work outside of Kentucky.
still going to loose.