Ron Paul’s legacy could help, hurt son’s political rise

by Scott Wartman, The Cincinnati Enquirer  |  published on April 16, 2013

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Should U.S. Sen. Rand Paul run for president, many political observers think the Kentucky Republican would go further than his father, Ron Paul, who made presidential bids three times since 1988.

While Ron Paul’s legacy could be a blessing and a curse, his son told The Enquirer he has built on his father’s libertarian following and will work to broaden his own appeal.

“I think there are a lot of people out there frustrated with what they are getting from government, high unemployment, sluggish growth,” Rand Paul said in an interview last week.

“A lot are supporters of my dad, and some are supporters of mine. We’ve grown that group. We do it by communicating and taking stands. We’re unafraid to take stands and stand on principles, to defend the Bill of Rights.”

The Pauls share much in common, but Rand Paul has more charisma, said Jeff Crosby, a Democratic consultant from Austin, Texas, who worked on a campaign in 2006 against Ron Paul, who left Congress in January after many years as a U.S. representative from Texas.

Ron Paul “would be saying sometimes mean, tough things about people, but always just seemed like a nice guy,” Crosby said. “He was kind of a Mr. Rogers personality type. He’s a nice, sweet guy. He delivered so many children (as a Texas obstetrician). It meant a lot to him in terms of support. I think his son has more personality and is more sophisticated in terms of modern politics. He has a little bit more in the sound-bite game.”

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