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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 Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.) for opposing Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' 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.