Sen. Rand Paul, who practiced medicine in Kentucky as an ophthalmologist before launching his political career, will team up with eye surgeons, nurses and technicians from the University of Utah for a medical mission to Guatemala when Congress adjourns in August.
But Paul is planning a summer trip that appears more focused on his past than on his future, one that bypasses Iowa, New Hampshire and the other key nomination states.
When Congress adjourns for a five-week recess in August, Paul plans to join a medical mission to Guatemala, where he will team up with eye surgeons, nurses and technicians from the University of Utah to visit Salamá, a small manufacturing and commercial center nestled between two mountain ranges 3,000 feet above sea level, north of Guatemala City.
The trip doesn’t play into his political future “in any conscious fashion,” Paul says. But for a presidential hopeful everything matters. The mid-August trip, for example, is also likely to include a small band of aides and reporters. What other potential presidential candidates can say that they have helped the blind see?