Rand Paul: No Decision On White House Bid Until 2014

But it sure does sound like he's gonna run

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday told reporters in Kentucky that while he is certainly interested in being a part of the "national debate," he won't make a final decision on whether or not to launch a White House bid until next year.

"I want to be part of the national debate,” Paul said, as quoted by Roll Call. "I think the country faces a lot of problems, and I do want to be a part of trying to bring about answers and solutions for making the Republican party big enough that we can be competitive again, but I won't make any decision until 2014 or so."

Paul will also be up for re-election in 2016, a fact he noted. The junior Kentucky senator has made no secret of his presidential ambitions, saying repeatedly and openly that it is something he will explore.