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Rand Paul won't rule out presidential bid

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Rep. Ron Paul is routinely mentioned as a potential contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but if the Texas Republican doesn’t run, his tea-party backed son says he just might.

Speaking Monday at an appearance in South Carolina — a crucial early-primary state — the first-term Kentucky senator acknowledged that he — like his dad — is making stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, and he wouldn’t rule out a possible run for the presidency.

“The only decision I’ve made is I won’t run against my dad,” he said.

The senior Mr. Paul made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2008 before running as the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. Since that 2008 run, both father and son have raised their national profiles dramatically.

In Iowa, site of the nation’s first 2012 presidential battle, party organizers say the senior Mr. Paul is working as diligently as any potential GOP candidate to build support among caucus-goers.

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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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