Book tour puts Rand Paul’s ‘secret’ weapon on national stage

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Once described as her husband’s secret weapon, Kelley Paul won’t be a secret much longer.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s wife of 24 years is heading out for a national book tour this spring, roughly the same time her husband is expected to enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It’s a big step for the mother of three, who is used to playing a significant behind-the-scenes role in her husband’s political operation.

Kelley Paul says she’s “as prepared as you can be” for the pressures of a national campaign and its effect on her family.

She’s finishing a speaking tour across Kentucky this week to promote her new book about inspirational women. In April, she has media events and speeches planned for Washington, New York and Memphis, Tennessee.