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Paul told ABC News’s “Power Players” that chatter about such “political shenanigans” was “useless.” He also indicated that such a spat held no interest for him, despite his personal link to it.


“I deal in the philosophy of economics, non-interventionist foreign policy, and personal civil liberties,” Paul said.

“That’s an entirely different issues from dealing with the shenanigans going on in Washington.”

Since leaving Congress in January, the former presidential contender has been leading the libertarian group Campaign for Liberty. The group’s recent condemnation of Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE (R-Fla.) for opposing Rand PaulRand PaulGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill Paul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes MORE’s bill aiming to halt U.S. aid to Egypt led to suggestions that Paul was defending his son.

Paul said “some people might say” such a thing, but insisted that the group’s statement was focused on criticizing what he sees as a deeply flawed U.S. policy in Egypt.

Asked whether he thought Rand Paul would run for president in 2016, he former lawmaker offered no predictions, saying he had not spoken to his son on the matter.