Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be the Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress takes office next month, said Monday he would most likely support his junior colleague in the Senate, Rand Paul, for president in 2016.
McConnell revealed his pick for the Oval Office in an interview with CNN.
"I'm almost certainly going to be doing that at some point," said McConnell, alluding to endorsing Paul.
McConnell said he would do almost everything he could to help Paul get elected. Paul is expected to announce his candidacy sometime next year.
"I'm going to be helpful to him in any way I can be, but I'm not going to be tromping around in New Hampshire and Iowa, I can tell you that," McConnell said.
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To date, there are no official candidates for president in 2016. Paul is expected to join a Republican field that could also feature former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and others.
McConnell has been in office since 1985 and became the Senate Minority Leader in 2007. After Republicans took control of the chamber in last month's midterm elections, he was voted the Senate Majority Leader.
Paul, on the other hand, has been a senator since 2011. Recent reports say
he is beginning to assemble a campaign team and could announce his White House plans in April.
Paul also hired a digital media guru
from Ted Cruz last month.
During Paul's 2011 Senate campaign, McConnell campaigned for Paul's GOP challenger in the primary. The pair is now closer, and Paul helped McConnell this year as he successfully campaigned against Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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