Detroit, Mich. (CBS DC) — When asked about his consideration of a 2016 presidential run, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul had a question of his own: “Can I call my wife?”

Acknowledging that he is seriously contemplating a run for president in 2016, Sen. Paul suggested that he first must convince his very skeptical wife. Sen. Paul shared his side of such speculation on Friday at the Detroit Economic Club, jokingly asking the crowd to locate his cellphone to ask his wife for permission.

“There’s two votes in my family,” said Sen. Paul. “My wife has both of them. Both of them are ‘no’ votes right now.”

“So if I’m a very able politician, I’ll tell you in a year whether I’m able to persuade my wife. Right now, I don’t know yet.”

Sen. Paul took a more serious tone on Fox News Sunday, commenting on the emotional toll that such a large political campaign would have on his family.

“Just look at what happens daily to any politician in America, and you talk about how uncivil things are — I mean, they really are, and they do take a toll on family, and so it is a big consideration, and I really am not sure what will happen.”

“And we’ll go another year. I mean, sometimes you have a good week, and the next week they pound you to death, and, you know, the haters and the hacks go after you … it is really an ordeal to be in public life sometimes.”

When asked if family was the main reason he would not run for president, Sen. Paul said that it was certainly “a major component,” and added that his love for debates about the Fourth Amendment and the Constitution must be balanced by concern for his family.

Paul told the audience that cuts to income, corporate and payroll taxes would increase the money going “in the hands of those who earn it.”


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