The Washington Times - March 22, 2011, 07:20PM

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.