Paul: 50-50 chance of 2016 presidential run

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said there is a 50-50 chance he would run for president in 2016. 

During an interview with a fourth grade student that Paul’s office posted on YouTube on Monday, Paul reiterated it is a big decision that he likely won’t make for a year. 

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“What is the chance that I would run? You know, it is probably 50-50. We are thinking about it and looking at what it would take to run. It is a big job. But we probably won’t make our decision for about a year,” Paul told a child identified as Clay W. from Potter Gray Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky.

Paul noted that a run for president would mean more time away from his kids and family and would include increased scrutiny from the media.

“The people in the media get meaner and meaner, when you run for president because they pick you apart and say your clothes don’t look good and your hair looks bad — you need a haircut. You know, you get all that kind of grief from the media, if you run for president, so it is a big job, and we haven’t decided yet,” he said. 

The Kentucky senator could have been alluding to a passage in a recent New York Times profile that described him as having “the rumpled mien of a graduate student, with his unkempt graying curls, wrinkled khakis and floral ties.”

Paul said last month he would attempt to change his wife’s mind about a potential bid for president. His wife has expressed reservations about a run. 

“We are still working on that,” when asked if he had made any headway on that front.