Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) explained to a Kentucky fourth grader on Sunday that running for president is challenging because the media picks on you more.
“And the people in the media, they get meaner and meaner when you run for president because they pick you apart and say, ‘Your clothes don’t look good. Your hair looks bad, and you need a haircut.’ You know, you get all that kind of grief from the media when you run for president, so it’s a big job,” he said in a video published Monday.
Paul also said that a presidential campaign would result in less time at home with his family.
“It is a big job to do, to run for president,” he said. “It would take traveling around the country.”
Paul told the student that he will not decide on a potential 2016 White House bid for another year, but that there’s a 50 percent chance he’ll run.
“It’s probably 50-50,” he said about the odds of him running. “We are thinking about it and looking at what it would take to run. It’s a big job. But we probably won’t make our decision until about a year.”
Watch the video via Paul’s office — 2016 talk begins at the 4:21 mark: