C’mon Ron, just run! (If you agree, on May 5th there’s a Money Bomb planned).
The Washington Post details Representative Paul’s initial 2012 plans:
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has launched an exploratory campaign, taking the first step towards an expected third run at the presidency and second candidacy for the Republican nomination.
The libertarian-minded congressman said he would make a final decision “one way or another” in May.
In 2008, Paul’s campaign got lots of buzz and media attention for deploying “moneybombs” — one-day fundraising drives that brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars. While he developed a loyal following among college students and libertarian activists, Paul was never able to expand his base of support enough to register in Republican primaries. He was also the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988.
Paul is better known now than he was three years ago, and his fiscal focus seems to fit the prevailing national mood. His approach and concerns line up in many ways with the tea party movement — Paul’s first “moneybomb” was timed to coincide with the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. So he might perform better this time around, but he still is widely believed to have little chance of winning the nomination. He has little support in the polls, and his isolationist foreign policy position is out of step with the GOP mainstream.
Trevor Lyman, the man behind Paul’s huge online fundraising success in the 2008 campaign, says he will “certainly be a part of fundraising again.”A moneybomb is being organized for May 5, the day of the first presidential debate in South Carolina, which Paul is expected to attend…
[continues in the Washington Post]