Ron Paul touts Rand as a presidential ‘frontrunner’


Ron Paul (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), in a new fundraising e-mail for his Campaign for Liberty, plays up his son's status as a "frontrunner" for president in 2016.

The e-mail focuses on the CFL's decision to resist the Internal Revenue Services's call for it to disclose its donors.

In the course of the e-mail, Ron Paul notes the progress made by his supporters and cites members of the Senate and House who hold similar viewpoints -- including one Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

Only a few years ago, you and I were barely a “blip” on the political screen.

But there’s no denying things have changed, when you consider:

*** Today, we see a growing crop of new Liberty Movement supporters like Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the U.S. Senate;

*** In the U.S. House, there’s Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).

*** My son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), is now considered a frontrunner for President in 2016!

Later in the e-mail, Ron Paul requests an "IMMEDIATE influx of funds," including donations of $100 or more.

Rand Paul has taken care at times to distance his politics from those of his dad -- particularly when it comes to foreign policy. Rand Paul also declared recently that he wouldn't continue answering questions about his father and where their political views align or diverge.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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