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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 RubioMcConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it Rubio: 'All options should be on table' if Flynn refuses new subpoenas MORE (R-Fla.) for opposing Rand PaulRand PaulPaul: 0B Saudi arms deal ‘a travesty’ Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote Overnight Defense: Trump budget gets thumbs down from hawks | UK raises threat level after Manchester attack | Paul to force vote on 0B Saudi arms deal 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.