CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bloomberg Political analysts say Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has a secret weapon during his campaign... his wife. Thursday Kelley Paul stopped right here in the Lowcountry, but it wasn't standing beside her husband. Kelley, a journalist and author, is on her own book tour.
"I can still remember her pressing that purse into my hands and telling me how special it was," Mrs. Rand Paul recalled as she spoke at the Citadel.
It's not the story of a Senator's wife, but a story about the importance of family, love, friendship, and memories.
"It's a very personal book to me," Kelley Paul, author of True and Constant Friends, said. "I share a lot of personal stories not only about my mother and my grandmother, but my oldest friends."
Paul was at the Citadel Thursday promoting that book.
She shared memories of the past and spoke about her grandmother's inspirational journey across the Atlantic in 1929. A journey that may ring familiar to others across the country.
"She embodied the American dream," Kelley said. "Coming to this country at age 19, from Ireland, with nothing, and working hard, and raising a great family. Just having that amazing spirit about her, she was very inspiring to me."
"You can pace that story across America, and find out how we became such a great melting pot," Tommy McQueeney, the Citadel alumnus who hosted Paul, said.
"Despite the hardships in her life, she always viewed her experiences, both past and present in the rosiest possible light," Kelley said during her speech.
A light now shining on the Paul family. With her husband's campaign out of the gate, and an early stop in Charleston last week, Kelley is making a name for herself.
This book opening up the opportunity for people across America to get to know her.
"I hope that the book will connect me with people across the country," Kelley said. "I hope it gives people a little bit of an idea of who I am."
"It's one of those things that is overlooked," McQueeney said. "We don't really elect a first lady, but you'd like to know that somebody that may become a first lady is really of great substance."
Analysts say given her book tour, Kelley will have a high profile compared to other spouses in the running. They also say she's able to bring powerful emotion to the campaign, that Rand may lack showing right now.
As for Senator Paul, he's been on the campaign trail since announcing his candidacy over a week ago.