Rand Paul speaks to the press outside the White House, Jan. 9, 2014.

Fourth grader presses Rand Paul: Are you running for office?


Sen. Rand Paul told a fourth grader that the odds are “probably 50-50” that he’ll run for president in 2016, but he’s worried about what the media will think of his hair.

The Kentucky fourth grader—identified only as Clay W. from Potter Gray Elementary School in Bowling Green—interviewed Paul in a video posted to the senators YouTube.

“Did you and your wife decide…If you’re going to run for president?” Clay asked, referring to a recent interview when Paul said his wife was his biggest obstacle to running.

“We’re still working on that we haven’t figured that out yet,” Paul said. “It’s a big job, to run for president.”

What’re they worried about? “The people in the media, they get meaner and meaner when you run for president because they pick you apart and say your clothes don’t look good, your hair doesn’t look good, you need a haircut, you get all that grief from the media if your run for president, so it’s a big job and we haven’t decided yet.”

Clay pressed on: what’re the odds that you’ll run?

“It’s probably 50-50, we are thinking about it and sort of looking at what it would take to run, but we probably won’t make our decision for a year.”

Clay also asked Paul a number of questions about his work as a senator and what his favorite foods and hobbies are (lasagna and golf, for the record.)

Nice work, Clay. Let us know if you’re looking for a summer internship!

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Fourth grader presses Rand Paul: Are you running for office?