Rand Paul Will Run for President, If His Wife Signs Off On It

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 6, 2013   |   4:25PM   |   Washington, DC

Sen. Rand Paul, a pro-life Republican from Kentucky, says he will run for president in 2016 on one condition: his wife has to sign off on it. The problem? Mrs. Paul is a definitely no, at least at this point.

The Washington Examiner has more on Mrs. Paul putting her foot down.

Paul joked that there are two votes in his household, both cast by his wife. “Both of them are no votes right now,” he said during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Friday when asked if about his 2016 plans. “So, if I’m a very able politician, I’ll tell you in a year if I’m able to persuade my wife.”

He doesn’t love being in the Senate, though. “It beats you down,” Paul said. “I’ve been there three years and I get beaten down every day. It’s how long can you maintain your enthusiasm to try to change something.”

Paul is a strong pro-life advocate and is one of many pro-life Republicans political observers say are potential candidates for the GOP nomination.

Paul has introduced the “Life at Conception Act,” a bill some call an abortion ban that simply states human life begins at conception.



Paul spokesman Doug Stafford said in an interview earlier this year: Senator Paul “believes life begins at conception,” he said, adding “He is pro-life. That’s why he introduced the Life at Conception Act. That’s why he spoke at the March (for Life).”

According to the National Right to Life Committee, Paul has a 100% pro-life voting record while in the Senate — casting eight pro-life votes out of a possible eight during his tenure. Paul voted for preventing Obama’s pro-abortion HHS mandate, voted against limiting pro-life free speech, voted to block Obamacare funding, to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and to repeal Obamacare entirely.