Congressman Guthrie open to running for U.S. Senate in 2016 if Paul doesn't

08/23/2013 07:54 AM

After announcing his intentions to run for re-election next year for his 2nd District Congressional seat, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, moved his name from the 2015 speculation pool to the 2016 list.

In an interview Thursday, Guthrie complimented Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul for his work in the Senate and acknowledged that if Paul runs for the White House in 2016, Guthrie would consider a run for that U.S. Senate seat.

“He’s got to make his decision, and then I have to make my decision,” Guthrie said.

Paul has said he’s running for re-election in 2016 but is also looking at the presidential race.

Guthrie said his reason for taking his name out of the 2015 governor’s race speculation was the work that he believes still needs to be done in Washington.

“Frankfort is fun, I have great friends there, I enjoyed working there, thought I could contribute actually but there is going to be a lot to do in the spring of 2015 which is when I would be in a Republican primary for governor and I said people are going to send me to Washington in November 2014, I need to be there to work hard and make sure we can solve big problems for our country,” Guthrie said.

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