Kelley Paul promotes book about female bonding; says decision on Rand's presidential run a 'hard decision to make'

01/08/2015 03:53 PM

As U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, contemplates a potential bid for the White House in 2016 Kelley Paul is touring Kentucky promoting her book about the female bond from grandmothers, mothers, sisters and friends.

Kelley Paul was in Lexington on Thursday speaking to the Women Republicans of Central Kentucky, promoting her new book, “True and Constant Friends”, which contains essays about inspiring women.

As she travels the state promoting her book, the first thing she’s asked about is her husband running for president.

“Yes, people do ask me that and I really don’t have an answer to that,” Paul told Pure Politics on Thursday.

Calling the experience of deciding to run for the White House “surreal” Paul admits that the decision to run for president is not easy since a lot of things have to be considered by the family.

“Obviously, everyone goes into this with some trepidation because you’re really putting yourself out there on a national level,” Paul said.

Five years ago, Rand Paul was an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green who had never held a political office. Now, he’s a U.S. Senator and considering a run for the White House and running for re-election to his Senate seat.

Kelley Paul admits that her life is now dramatically different.

“Now, obviously we’re traveling a great deal and spending time in D.C. and at home and it’s a lot to juggle, but it’s exciting and it’s been an amazing opportunity for us,” said Paul.

This is Kelley’s first book, but she’s had significant writing experience.

“I worked as a free-lance writer over the years and I was a writer in the telecommunications industry in marketing and communications,” said Paul.

Paul got the idea for the book, which is scheduled for an April release date, from her immigrant grandmother who came to the U.S. from Ireland to escape poverty at a young age in 1929.

The April book release will come at about the same time that Sen. Rand Paul is expected to make his decision on whether or not he’ll run for president.

Sen. Paul also has a book, “Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America,” coming to bookstores June 2.


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