Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) campaign for President is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take a few minutes to deliver a Father’s Day message and tell the country about his father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). In a short but stirring tribute, Senator Paul describes his own childhood and the important part his father played in Rand Paul’s development. It’s so nice to hear the all-American story that the Paul family can bring to the table – so unlike the elitist coastal, DC-centric life that so many candidates usually bring.
Listen as Rand Paul tells you about his dad.
“The best lesson my dad taught me was that nothing in life comes easy, that it takes hard work, perseverance and that work is a good thing. We all worked as kids. We worked odd jobs and for others, my kids continue that tradition.
My dad was always around, he was a physician, he worked hard, he was up in the middle of the night delivering babies, but we had dinner together as a family almost every night.
To me there were a lot of political memories because I was 11-years old when he first ran for office. I’ve been to more barbecues and heard more speeches than just about anybody in the world, but I was always intrigued by it, I was interested in politics and hearing what went on.
I followed my father’s route in both medicine and politics, so we have a lot of similarities. What I respect most about my dad is honesty, genuineness. The fact that he never pandered to crowds, to try to please people, but he told them honestly the way he saw things, the way he saw the world. And he wanted to try to make it better.”