Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who stepped down in 2012, recently took aim at those who advocate further retaliation against Russia for its annexation of Crimea. "Where were these people when an election held in an Iraq occupied by U.S. troops was called a 'triumph of democracy'?" he wrote in USA Today.
In an interview with the Daily Caller at UC Berkeley on Thursday, Rand Paul defended his hawkish stance toward Russia and declared questions about his father out of bounds.
He then disputed the notion that he is “identical” to his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, on all policy issues.
“I think over time, people will notice there are distinctions and differences,” he said.
Reporters sometimes ask Paul, he said, to comment on his father’s beliefs. But he said he’s done doing that. “I’ve pretty much quit answering” those questions.
“I’ve been in the Senate three years, and I have created a record of myself,” he said. “And I have my opinions.”
The presumptive 2016 contender also compared the media scrutiny to that of George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000.
“Did he get tons of questions about his dad?” he asked. “I don’t know that he did, to tell you the truth.”