Ron Paul admits Donald Trump, not his son, will probably be the GOP nominee

Can Rand Paul Save His Campaign?

When asked about the state of the Republican race on in a Newsmax interview on Wednesday, Ron Paul was completely honest, saying, "At this point, it certainly is realistic," to assume Donald Trump is going to be the party's nominee. His candor was charming and refreshing -- but not, we're guessing, if you're his son Rand Paul. Candidates and their family members are supposed to insist that they're going to win the race even when it's obvious that they're not. But the best the former Texas representative could muster when asked about Rand's campaign was "I think he may well surprise everybody because he has a good organization and caucus states are different."

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Ron Paul admits Donald Trump, not his son, will probably be the GOP nominee
DAVENPORT, IA - JANUARY 02: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (L) introduces his father, Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) (R), at a campaign event during his 'Whistle-stop' tour with at the Steeple Gate inn in January 2, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa. A poll published Saturday by the state's largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, put Paul in second place of a large field of GOP candidates going into Tuesday's 'first in the nation' Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 22: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (L) talks to his father Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) (R) during a news conference June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A number of Republican congressional members joined The Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge Coalition at the news conference 'to oppose any debt ceiling increase unless a 'Cut, Cap and Balance' plan is passed.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - AUGUST 10: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (L) (R-KY) listens to his father Texas Congressman and Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul speak at a campaign stop August 10, 2011 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Most of the candidates hoping to receive the Republican presidential nomination are crisscrossing Iowa this week hoping to gain support in front of the Republican party debate and the Iowa Straw Poll. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

That isn't to say that Ron Paul was unsympathetic to his son's plight. He told host Steve Malzberg that as he learned in 2012, the system is rigged. "[Rand] has a different position on civil liberty and the war on drugs and Fox [said]: 'No way, we're not going to have you out there. We're going to find a way to exclude you.' So they excluded Rand Paul," he said of the last debate (which Rand actually chose to boycott). "And they're in a tizzy now, the Republican Party, because they got to change the rules again because we certainly don't want to help Trump. It is a very unfair system. The political system is very corrupt."

But hey, losing isn't so bad. At least the Pauls will have something to else to bond over -- as opposed to Jeb Bush and his family.

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