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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 RubioManchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans Rubio calls on Airbnb to delist some properties in China's Xinjiang region Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China MORE (R-Fla.) for opposing Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMajor utilities agree to stop sharing data with ICE Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill 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.