Sen. Rand Paul may seem like somewhat of an underdog candidate for president in 2016. But he doesn't want to be.
On Sean Hannity's radio show Thursday, Paul said that he wants to consider how much his "ideas are resonating" before deciding to go forward with a presidential campaign.
"We're going to make a final consideration in the spring, and some of it's still family considerations, but some of it's also looking at the lay of the land and deciding, are the ideas resonating?" Paul told Hannity.
Hannity praised Paul for reaching out to traditionally Democratic voter blocs, including the African-American community, but Paul injected some doubt into what seems to be an almost-certain 2016 run.
"If the ideas are resonating—if the ideas look like they have a chance—then it's much more likely that I'll make a go of this," he continued. "If it looks like we're at 1 percent, we're not in the top tier, and it's just going to be a quixotic sort of run, then I think it's not something I want to do just for educational purposes. I would do it to be in to win. And that's a decision we're going to have to make later in the spring."
In the interview, Paul also addressed the attack on the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and whether Islamophobia played a role in the attacks.
"I haven't seen any Christians or Jews dragging people of the Islamic faith through the streets, but I am seeing the opposite. I'm seeing Christians beheaded. I'm seeing people who say anything about Islam being shot," Paul said. "And so, yeah, should the rules always protect everyone's rights? Yeah. But I'm not too worried right now that we've infringed on their rights. I'm worried that Christians and Jews are being killed around the world."
This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal.