Ron Paul: Rand Paul will “probably” run for president

The former congressman says his son is handling himself "quite well" in the run-up to 2016

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Ron Paul: Rand Paul will "probably" run for presidentRand and Ron Paul (Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta/Cliff Owen)

Speaking on CNN on Monday, former Republican Texas congressman Ron Paul said he thinks his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, will “probably” run for president in 2016.

“I think he probably will. I mean, he’s been on TV hinting that he very well might,” said Paul, before adding, “I think he is handling himself quite well.”

While Paul himself has run for president multiple times, he told CNN that the era of his giving his son such consequential advice had long since passed.

“Well, I think he’s going to make up his own mind. And I had my opportunity to give him advice when he was much younger,” Paul said. “He’s been a pretty independent person, which you would expect, and he’s very libertarian-like. And, therefore, he will make up his own mind.”

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Meanwhile, Ron Paul, a frequent critic of the president, did praise President Barack Obama for his diplomatic work on Iran and expressed concern that Congress could get in his way.

“I think under the circumstances it’s a great breakthrough. And during the campaign you heard me say it very often, we ought to do more diplomacy and less shooting from the hip,” Paul said.

He continued: “I’m frightened that the Congress right now, even though I’m always upholding Congress to try do the right thing and curtail the presidential potential powers, I’m afraid Congress will come in and just block this by saying, ‘No, what we need are more sanctions to see how many more Iranian people we can kill, like we did in Iraq.’ … I hope the president is going to be successful on this. I’m cheering him on.”

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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