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Rand Paul, Confident of Romney’s Prospects, Still Leaves Door Open for Own White House Bid

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He was less committed about supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), however. Paul and Graham are on opposite sides of the spectrum on foreign policy and defense spending issues, and Graham actually participated in a campaign conference call to defend Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) from an attack ad being run by Paul’s political action committee.

“I don’t foresee getting involved in primaries against incumbent Republicans. But I would say that if incumbent Republicans are campaigning for Democrat Senators this time around, they may have their own problems in their primary without me being involved,” Paul said.

After being questioned about comments made about abortion by GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana, Paul explained his own strategy on social issues.

“I primarily talk only about the economic issues, even though I am socially conservative,” Paul said.

Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock have run into trouble in their respective Senate races in part due to their widely publicized statements about abortion.

“I don’t think the law’s changing any time soon” with respect to abortion rights, he said. “So, when we get bogged down in talking about exceptions and bizarre sort of exceptions to rules, I think at that point we’re getting away from really what the primary thing that’s going on in our country.”

Paul made the comments during a live interview on C-SPAN’s "Newsmakers" program this morning.

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