Washington (CNN) – Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reacted to his father's decision to form a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday, saying his wife is "quite happy" Texas Rep. Ron Paul is running instead of her husband.
"The interesting thing is the Paul household in Kentucky is breathing a sigh of relief, my wife is quite happy that it's Ron Paul running and not Rand Paul," Sen. Paul said Tuesday on CNN's "John King, USA." "She said she's had enough elections for awhile."
Although Sen. Paul, who was elected in 2010, said there is a chance he would have entered the race for the White House if his father had decided against a bid, the younger Paul seemed focused Tuesday on promoting Republican Rep. Paul, defending his age and touting his name recognition.
The newly elected senator said his father, who has served 12 terms in Congress, has a "much greater chance" now than he did when he last ran in 2008 because he is "well known."
"In 2008 only about one or two percent of the people knew him early on. By the end and by now about 80 percent of America knows his name," Sen. Paul told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "He has a much greater chance than he did before but many of those other candidates even those who have been governors of states are not well known across the United States."
When asked about the age of his father, who will be 77 on Election Day, the Tea Party favorite said "his intellectual curiosity makes him a much younger man than his years."
He was also skeptical of a Donald Trump White House run, especially given his campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.
"I think it's hard for an entertainer or comedian to be treated seriously and that's the big hurdle he will have to overcome," Paul said. "We'll let the public decide that, but I'd say he does have quite a few hurdles to overcome to be taken seriously."
Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
– Ron Paul Running: media and activists thrilled but some wonder why two-term New Mexico governor and avowed libertarian Gary Johnson can't get attention.
– Haley Barbour Out: unexpected announcement from Barbour opens up the GOP field even further. Will it induce his friend Mitch Daniels to run? And who will win the support of Barbour's Bush-connected Florida operative Sally Bradshaw.
– Syria Heats Up: The next stop on the Arab Spring Uprising tour looks like it will get uglier. As it escalates, expect more questions about the Obama administration's criteria for humanitarian military intervention and our lack of an exit strategy.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Ron Paul is going to announce today that he's forming a Presidential Exploratory Committee. Gary Johnson, the other libertarian Republican is already in setting off a battle of the Paulistinians - it'll be like Hamas vs. Hezbollah, just less violent and more techie.
– Republicans lamenting the recent NLRB decisions need to be reminded they had the opportunity to defund the NLRB and caved.
– Ryan Lizza's New Yorker piece on Barack Obama keeps giving new insight. This administration really believes that the United States has been replaced by China as the world's de facto leader. So they are spinning U.S. diplomacy as "leading from behind," which really means they are followers not leaders.
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