An interesting tidbit in Alex Pappas's story on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

Reporters sometimes ask Paul, he said, to comment on his father’s beliefs. But he said he’s done doing that. “I’ve pretty much quit answering” those questions.

“I’ve been in the Senate three years, and I have created a record of myself,” he said. “And I have my opinions.”

He referenced George W. Bush’s campaign for president in 2000.

“Did he get tons of questions about his dad?” Paul asked. “I don’t know that he did, to tell you the truth.”

In recent days, former congressman Ron Paul has offered some defense of the Russian annexation of Crimea. But that's hardly his first controversial foreign policy statement; he has also said that he believes the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a response to U.S. intervention in the Middle East.