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August 6th, 2009
11:03 AM ET

Ron Paul's son following in father's footsteps

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By Kristi Keck

(CNN) - The phrase "like father, like son" is ringing true for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

His son, Rand Paul, announced this week he's set his sights on the Kentucky Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.

"I'm very worried about our country; I'm worried about the debt. I'm worried about what the debt will lead to," Paul said in an interview on CNN's "American Morning" when asked why he's jumping into the political arena. "Both sides of the aisle - Republican and Democrat - have been unwilling and afraid to address the deficit, and someone's got to."

The Kentucky Senate race is particularly high-profile since a seat held by a Republican will now be up for grabs.

Paul is expected to compete in the GOP primary next year with Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The winner will face either state Attorney General Jack Conway or Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, who are seeking the Democratic nomination.

While Grayson is considered the frontrunner in the Republican primary, "Paul will make things interesting for sure," said Al Cross, a veteran political writer in Kentucky and director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

"Trey Grayson is a very capable person, has a great deal of potential, but he has never really run a high-profile, hardball race, and I think that Paul is going to have the resources and the determination to hold his feet to the fire when it comes to issues," Cross said.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. drew bowler

    I hope he gets it, his father is one of the living Fathers of this country.

    August 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  2. tony

    Good luck to Mr Paul, but I suspect that he will discover that people are against government spending in the abstract- it is a different matter when it comes to the programs that they themselves benefit from.

    August 8, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  3. Hypocrites_are_everywhere

    Rand, first things first - KY. As long as you stick to governing and stay away from religious wingnuts, I'll keep an open mind!

    In the meantime, Obama is making 3 checkmate moves!

    1. Sonia Sotomayor gets confirmed
    2. Mullah Omar or Osama bin's head will be discovered (by July 4th 2011, or at the latest, 9/11/11)!
    3. Healthcare reform will squeak through

    Middle East's long-lasting (I.e. most stable thus far) peace will be in place! And the economy will heal itself by 2012!

    Just watch!

    August 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  4. GEORGE SHULTZ

    AS a former GOP SECRETARY of STATE I MET RON PAUL at a GOP event some years ago and although I found him LIKABLE , I thought HE had QUITE A FEW CARDS MISSING in his DECK . A LOT of kooks come from TEXAS I figure but I dont think HE is PRESIDENTIAL material by any stretch of the imagination. I hope is political offspring has a few more oars in the water ,for sure.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:48 am |