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August 28, 2014

Rand Paul Gets Presidential Profile Treatment From CBN

Rand Paul Gets Presidential Profile Treatment From CBN

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Host David Brody explained at the outset of his Christian Broadcasting Network show that he doesn’t usually spend an entire half-hour on a single subject, but that Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul merited a closer look  — and that’s exactly what Paul got.

“The Special Rand Paul Edition of The Brody File,” as Brody described it, has the look and feel of the kind of profiles that are given to serious presidential candidates — including questions about Paul’s favorite bands, an interview with his wife, Kelly, and b-roll of the couple bird-watching near their Kentucky home.

The topics centered on Paul’s religious faith as well as his plans for a possible White House bid in 2016. Paul said he hasn’t yet decided whether to run for president, but he reaffirmed his desire to still be in politics three years from now.

“I think I’m in a position to be part of the solution to help the country grow again and to find its way. I do want to be part of that,” Paul said. “We don’t have an answer yet on whether that means I’ll do it still as a senator for Kentucky or whether it might be running for president. I haven’t sorted that out yet.”

Asked about gay marriage, Paul reiterated his support for traditional marriage, but he said he believes a national effort to bar same-sex marriages would fail.

“I think, right now, if we say, ‘Oh, we’re only going to have — we believe in a federally mandated one man-one woman marriage,’ we’re going to lose that battle because the country is going the other way right now,” Paul said.

But he also gave a nod to his libertarian leanings in urging that it remain a state issue.

“If we were to say, each state can decide, I think a good 25, 30 states still do believe in traditional marriage and maybe we allow the debate to go on for another couple of decades and see if we can still win back the hearts and minds of people,” Paul added.

Beyond the issues, Paul reveals that he feels more comfortable at a bowling alley than a black-tie dinner and that he listens to Rock Mafia and Amy Allen.

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