Normally it isn't news when a father supports a political campaign being waged by his son. Especially when the father and son agree on most political issues. Ron Paul has backed Rand Paul throughout his young political career.

But there's been a large subgenre of stories devoted to the idea that there is some kind of rift between the Pauls. The two often differ tactically and sometimes even on major issues of substance, like the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

Ron Paul undercut such commentary with a strongly worded statement to his supporters wholeheartedly endorsing Rand Paul for president in 2016. "Rand is the ONLY one in the race who is standing up for your Liberty, across the board," wrote the elder Paul, a 12-term Texas congressman and two-time Republican presidential candidate in his own right. He was also the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988.

Ron declared his son, the junior senator from Kentucky, "our best hope to restore liberty, limited government and the Bill of Rights and finally end the big spending status quo in Washington, D.C."


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