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Ron Paul: Fed announcement 'very very bad'

Fmr. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, joins Morning Joe to discuss the Federal Reserve's announcement that it will continue its stimulus for the time being, his son...

Ron Paul: ‘I would think’ Rand is running in 2016

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Hey Dad, is Rand running for president in 2016?

“I would think so, he wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing, but I haven’t had a conversation of what your plan is,” Paul said on Morning Joe. “He’s been pretty independent.”

Kentucky’s Tea Party darling Sen. Rand Paul is already being floated as a potential 2016 candidate for the Republican Party.

“I think if you look at where’s he’s traveling, which states he’s going to, I would think it’s on his mind, but I haven’t had any personal conversations,” said Paul, a former Texas congressman.

A poll out Thursday by the left-leaning Public Polling Policy found the Kentucky senator leading a handful of Republican contenders in New Hampshire with 20% of the electorate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed closely with 19% of the electorate.

Paul said he didn’t even see his son’s Senate race coming and was surprised by “how well” he’d done there in elections and predicting the swelling Tea Party movement.

“I would think that he’s weighing it and it depends on the circumstances. Sometimes in politics you get beat up all of a sudden,” he said. “But I think he’s weighing it. I think he’s doing a very good job.”

Watch the full interview on the Federal Reserve, education, and son Rand.

Ron Paul: 'I would think' Rand is running in 2016

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