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Previously it has been thought that Rep. Ron Paul from Texas would likely mount another presidential run. He has a huge following and has won several recent straw polls including the one at CPAC this year. However, some are now speculating that Rep. Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul will be the candidate. Oh the confusion.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had said that the odds are better than 50-50 that a Paul will run for president next year but it’s unclear who it would be. One thing is for certain—there will not be two Pauls in the GOP primary. The younger Paul has said he will not run if his father tries again.
The junior Senator and Tea Party favorite said that he has been encouraged to run by GOP leaders in an increasingly crowded GOP field, despite the fact that the Senator has only been in office a couple of months. The Kentucky senator said he’s not ruling out a bid if his father decides against a repeat run. “The biggest decision for me is whether my father runs or not,” the younger Paul told reporters last week. Rand Paul also maintained that it sounded “pretty reasonable” that one of the Pauls would be in the race. “I think there will be one on the ballot,” Paul told reporters after speaking to a Rotary club gathering in Louisville. “I think there’s a good chance of that.”
Meanwhile, the elder Paul was in the very important primary state of New Hampshire on Thursday. During a college campus stop, Ron Paul said he hasn’t ruled out running for president again but isn’t on the verge of making a decision. Rep. Paul said his focus right now is on the nation’s economy and whether it worsens, signaling its course could influence his decision. “If we get a reprieve and things just look great, I might not be as enthusiastic,” the elder Paul told reporters after a speech at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. “But if it continues like right now, it makes it almost inevitable that somebody will have to start talking about what we need to do.”
Asked about father-and-son presidential prospects, Ron Paul said the matter hasn’t come up with his son. “We’ve never discussed it,” he said.
Adding to the presidential mystery, Rand Paul is planning to visit Iowa, another crucial state in the primaries. Early next month, he will speak at an Iowa Republican event dubbed “Night of the Rising Stars.”