Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a wide-ranging USA Today interview filmed Wednesday but released on Friday admits he’s “thinking about” running for president in 2016.

“Your dad, [former]Texas Congressman Ron Paul, ran for president a couple of times. Do you want to follow in his footsteps?” interviewer Susan Page asked. “Would you like to run for president?”

“We’re thinking about it,” Sen. Paul replied. “We haven’t made any kind of decision — we won’t for a couple of years — [but] I do want to be part of the national debate, I want to be part of deciding what the Republican message is, and who the republican leaders are.”

Paul also talked about the president’s use of unmanned drones, immigration reform, and the future of the Tea Party. You can watch it all below, although the video will start at the point where he talked about his possible presidential aspirations:

Now it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Sen. Paul has fueled rumors of a presidential run by dropping little hints. In fact, considering that he delivered the official Tea Party response to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, we’d say the Kentucky senator is doing a pretty good job of keeping these rumors alive.

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