Former Rep. Ron Paul has upped the ante on his son's presidential aspirations, telling Newsmax TV
on Monday that he thinks Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will seek the 2016 Republican nomination.
"He's acting like he's a potential candidate,'' Ron Paul, a 12-term Texas congressman, told "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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He added that a lot of people have "put pressure on Rand'' to throw his hat into the ring.
Ron Paul, a two-time Republican presidential candidate and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in 1988, added that there is a lot of guessing in high-stakes Washington politics.
"I know — a couple of times I did it,'' Paul said, noting that even when he was on the fence, there were some people who would say, "He'll do it, he'll do it."
Ron Paul's prediction about his son came as Rand Paul tested the Republican waters for a possible run during a recent three-day trip to Iowa, where the first presidential caucuses will take place in 17 months.
In June, Paul, one of about a dozen GOP contenders for the White House, told The Wall Street Journal about a potential run: "I would just say it's probably not a conclusion yet, but it is something that's an ongoing discussion."
He has hired operatives to help him solidify his base, collect political intelligence, and raise money in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Michigan.
In a recent WMUR Granite State poll, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie topped the GOP field with 19 percent of the vote among likely primary voters.
Rand Paul finished second with 14 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was third with 11 percent of the vote.
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