Rand Paul aides say Lamar Alexander ad is not an endorsement

photo U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee Liberty Dinner in Concord, N.H., in this file photo.

photo U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

WASHINGTON - Aides to Sen. Rand Paul said the Kentucky Republican's participation in Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign ad should not be construed as an endorsement for a third term in the Senate.

Paul, a tea party favorite who praises Alexander in the Volunteer State Republican's statewide ads, said through a spokesman his remarks should be viewed in a very narrow context.

"The footage that Sen. Alexander's campaign is using is from a public press conference in regards to a bill they both cosponsored," spokesman Sergio Gor said.