Rand Paul downplays vice presidential talk; says being mentioned is like an Oscar nomination

02/24/2012 05:32 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he’s not angling to be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate and still believes his father, Ron Paul, can win the GOP nomination.

Paul told reporters earlier in the week “it would be an honor” to be considered for the vice presidential nominee, as the Courier-Journal reported. WFPL reported that he responded that he would be honored if Romney asked him to be the vice presidential candidate.

That touched off plenty of discussion online (For instance here and here )

Paul equated being considered as a running mate to being up for an Academy Award.

“I’ve really responded to it kind of like if you were nominated for an Oscar, you would feel honored to be nominated. So I do feel honored to be considered,” Paul said. “I think it’s great that someone from Kentucky could be considered.”

Here’s his full answer when he was asked before a speech to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday whether he would consider being Romney’s running mate:

Paul also said he doesn’t expect his father to run as a third party candidate if he fails to capture the nomination.

The freshman U.S. Senator also said he would not endorse in the seven-candidate GOP primary for the 4th Congressional District in Northern Kentucky. When asked whether he would support a candidate by helping in fundraising, Paul again repeated that he had no plans to endorse in the race.

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