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Only a few months into his political career, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is considering a presidential bid.
“Rand would not run if his dad’s running,” said Jesse Benton, political director for Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). “But if his dad doesn’t run and he fails to see a viable candidate or candidates in the Republican field, that are serious about debt spending and the budget crisis facing our country, then he will be very tempted to weigh his options.”
He’s been visiting the key primary states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, giving speeches and meeting with local Republican leaders — a largely under the radar effort because, until now, no one thought the newly elected senator would seriously consider the race.
Like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), another potential dark horse candidate, Paul says his main concern at the moment is to shape the debate and making sure the tea party point of view is included.
But with his advisers floating the possibility of a bid publicly, it’s worth examining whether Paul — Rand, that is — would be a factor if he ran.