Rand Paul: I Might Run for Prez, but Not Against Dad

Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 12:30 PM

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite, says he's considering a presidential run with one caveat: He won’t run against his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. "The only decision I've made is I won't run against my dad," Rand Paul said, according to The Post and Courier in Charleston.

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The Kentucky Republican, who won his U.S. Senate seat last fall, is visiting several early primary states without his father. In Charleston, he talked about curtailing the national debt and the U.S. military involvement in Libya. He has upcoming trips planned for Iowa and New Hampshire.

"I want the tea party to have an influence over who the nominee is in 2012,” he said.

Paul said he favors a balanced budget amendment, restructuring Social Security and Medicare. He also is skeptical about the United States’ getting involved in the Libyan conflict.

Paul appeared in the College of Charleston's Bully Pulpit Series and the Charleston Meeting, a new invitation-only, center-right organization that invites prominent politicians to address its members off the record.

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