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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 RubioEx-Cruz aide: Trump presidency 'is effectively over' Mexican politicians have a new piñata: Donald Trump Bush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller MORE (R-Fla.) for opposing Rand PaulRand PaulMcCain returning to Arizona to start cancer treatment Monday: report Paul blocks McConnell from setting up defense bill vote Overnight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump 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.