December 9th, 2013
10:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Ron Paul: Rand 'probably will' run in 2016

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul indicated Monday that his son, Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky, will likely run for president in 2016.

"I think he probably will. I mean, he's been on TV hinting that he very well might," Paul, a former congressman from Texas, said of his son's presidential aspirations to CNN's Jake Tapper appearing on "Erin Burnett OutFront."

A junior senator and tea party favorite, Rand Paul has said that he hasn’t decided on a possible run.

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Paul, also a doctor whose bids in 2008 and 2012 for the GOP nomination were fueled largely by a strong Libertarian backing, said his son would ultimately make up his own mind but said he jokes that he should be careful what he wishes for.

"I kiddingly say that advice I give him (is) he better be very careful; (if) he's doing well, he might get elected, and that's a great burden and a major responsibility," Paul said, adding that he thinks Rand Paul is "handling himself quite well."

Paul was also the Libertarian candidate in 1988.

Paul, who agrees with President Barack Obama on very little, also said he backs the President in the ongoing negotiations with Iran about the country's nuclear program.

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"I hope the President is going to be successful in this," he said. "I'm cheering him on."

Paul called the interim deal reached last month with Iran "a great breakthrough" and only wishes talks had "started a lot sooner." He also said he's wary of Congress' attempts to add more sanctions.

A bipartisan group of senators is in talks to draft an agreement to impose new, stricter sanctions on the Iranians, beginning in about six months at the end of the interim deal. The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry say new sanctions could undermine the current deal.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. BDR

    Bread and circus's
    Democrat's can supply the bread while Republican's put on the circus...very bi-partisan.

    December 10, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  2. MOCaseA

    Heh... he'll be about as successful as his father if he can't come up with something the people as a whole want to run his platform on. As has been proven for the last 8 years the American voter is no longer interested in the bifurcating tactics of the GOP any more.

    December 10, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    December 10, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Oh goodie. Where's he running to? North towards Canada with Rafael? We can only hope.

    December 10, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  5. S. B. Stein

    The problem with either Paul is that their assumptions are not correct based on the history. It appears that their assumption is that people will act towards the good for all. This is clearly not the case.

    December 10, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    An early Christmas present, thanks Pops!

    December 10, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Rand Paul is a cult member, and the name of that cult is the Tea Party.

    December 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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