Paul Ready To Enter GOP Primary For Bunning's Seat

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, said Friday he is poised to enter the race for U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning's seat if the 77-year-old sports icon decides to retire.

"I've been traveling the state and giving speeches as if there is going to be a race," he told The Associated Press. "Every bone in my body says there is going to be a race."

But the Bowling Green physician said he won't rush into the campaign just because another potential GOP challenger has stepped forward.

Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced Thursday that he had formed an exploratory committee, a move that allows him to raise and spend campaign money before actually entering the race for the GOP nomination. Grayson also has hired a political pollster.

Nonetheless, Grayson said he won't run for the Senate seat unless Bunning retires. Paul said that holds true for him, too.

"Out of respect for Sen. Bunning, I'm not doing anything formally," Paul said. "I'm not forming any committees, I'm waiting for him to have a graceful way saying what he's going to do."

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