Mitch McConnell: Rand Paul Can ‘Count on Me’ If He Runs For President

Senate Majority Leader-to-be Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday that he is a “big supporter” of his Kentucky counterpart Sen. Rand Paul in “whatever he decides to do” — including running for president in 2016.

“I don’t think he’s made a final decision on [running for president],” McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “But he’ll be able to count on me.”

McConnell acknowledged he has built a “very tight relationship” with Paul, and said he’s “for him.”

He was also asked about the difficulties Paul might face with a run for the White House, given that Kentucky electoral laws prohibit a candidate from running on a Senate ticket and a presidential ticket simultaneously, saying the prospects are “complicated.” McConnell also said he would give any advice to Paul in a private conversation on how to overcome the challenges.

Paul was one of the first prominent GOP voices to publicly endorse McConnell for his re-election to a sixth term, even as potential Tea Party challenges were looming during the GOP primary.

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