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Rand Paul’s wife not sold on 2016 bid

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) wife, Kelley, says in a new Vogue profile of the Paul family that she's not convinced her husband should run for president in 2016.

"Because in this day and age it’s mostly about character assassination,” she said. “When I think of the tens of millions of dollars in opposition research that they’d be aiming right at us and our family — that’s what it’s about.”

All other indications, however, suggest Paul is likely to run for president.

His mother, Carol, seems to think he will. She told The Post's Jason Horowitz, who wrote the profile for Vogue, that a 2016 Paul campaign “feels real."

“Rand says he won’t declare that he’s going to run until after 2014," she said. "Groundwork has to be set.”

For what it's worth, though, a politician's spouse plays an understandably major role in their decisions about what offices to seek. Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, for example, wanted her husband to run for president in 2012 even though his family says Mitt and almost everyone else was initially opposed to the idea.

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



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