In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash Monday, incoming Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will “almost certainly” back fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul should he run for president in 2016. (RELATED: Rand Paul On Executive Amnesty: Obama Can’t ‘Defend The Indefensible’ [VIDEO])
BASH: Now, you said of your junior colleague from Kentucky, Rand Paul, that he can ‘count on me’ in 2016. What does that mean?
MCCONNELL: Well, I’m a big fan of his. I mean we started off on opposite paths, but we’ve become great allies. I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a very, very smart, capable guy.
BASH: So does this mean that if and when Rand Paul runs for president, the Senate majority leader will endorse him…
MCCONNELL: I’m — 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.
BASH: But you’ll formally endorse him?
MCCONNELL: I’m almost certainly going to be doing that at some point.