No one probably has a better sense of Rand Paul’s future political plans than his father and Ron Paul is pretty sure his son is going to run for President. From 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.
As a progressive I would mildly welcome Rand Paul stepping into the race. While I disagree with Paul on most issues, I disagree with the other possible Republican candidates on basically every issue. At least there are a few areas such as drug policy reform and war where Paul is clearly better than the vast majority of his party, and many of the Democratic Party as well.
If Paul running raised the national prominence of those positions that would not be a bad thing. It is better than a GOP primary dominated by Republicans with universally bad positions.
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