DENTON, Texas — Dr. Robert Paul doesn't think he's ready to join the crowded race to replace Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate.
One week after saying he was considering a bid for the office, Paul — son of Rep. Ron Paul and brother of Sen. Rand Paul — told students at the University of North Texas that he has all but ruled out a bid for political office.
"I'm honored that people think I'm ready to run, but I think they want me to run because I'm related to Ron Paul," said Paul, who has a family medical practice in Benbrook and lives in Fort Worth. "I think the biggest thing I have that's similar to my dad is that I'm honest.
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"I'm never going to say I won't ever run for office, but I think running for Senate probably is not going to happen this time."
The Senate field includes Glenn Addison of Magnolia; Andrew Castanuela of Early; Ted Cruz of Austin; Elizabeth Ames Jones of San Antonio; Tom Leppert of Dallas; Lela Pittenger of Dripping Springs; Michael Williams of Arlington; and Roger Williams of Fort Worth.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said he is considering a bid.