WASHINGTON — Ron Paul is participating in a documentary about himself scheduled to come out during next year's primaries, according to a Kickstarter appeal posted online on Monday.
The planned documentary, "Empire of Lies," is being made by Charles Goyette, a libertarian writer and commentator who hosts a podcast with Paul. According to Goyette's video appeal for funding, this is the first documentary Paul has agreed to participate in.
"Although Ron has been approached many times, he hasn't agreed to cooperate in a documentary until now," Goyette says in the video.
Goyette makes clear in the video that the documentary is purposefully timed to coincide with next year's presidential primaries: "Our schedule calls for a release in the first half of 2016, when the presidential primaries are underway and people are paying close attention to politics."
The timing might not be as fortuitous for Rand Paul, who is running for president and who has made an effort to distance himself from the more hardcore libertarian views of his father. He even physically kept him at a distance during his presidential announcement in Kentucky last month; while Ron was in the audience, he did not join Paul at any point on the stage.
Spokespeople for Ron Paul and Rand Paul didn't immediately return a request for comment.