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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Rand Paul Asked About His White House Ambitions

Kentucky senator says he’s interested in the “long-range goals of changing the country.”

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he wants to change the country, and one way to do that is running for national office.(Chet Susslin)

photo of Rodney Hawkins
January 7, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. – Now that he’s joined his father Ron Paul on the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Rand Paul is starting to get the question himself: Will he someday launch a White House bid?

On Saturday in Concord, the younger Paul said he’s focused on helping his father and that “I can’t answer questions beyond that.”

But then the first-term Kentucky Republican offered an indication that it might be on his mind: “I am interested in the long-range goals of changing the country to having more limited federal government, having more local control of our government. And you do that by speaking to the media, to groups around the country, or sometimes running for national office or maybe in the Senate.”

 

The younger Paul held a forum at a sports bar sponsored by the Bartlet Center for Public Policy. Rand Paul echoed his father's recent comments in criticizing Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, pointing to their support for increased education spending, as evidence they are not representative of the tea party movement that considers the elder Paul a sort of intellectual godfather.

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