It’s Official: Ron Paul Is Running For President (Again)

Too old? Nah. Ron Paul may not have much chance of winning, but he’ll likely force the other presidential candidates to face up to some of the tough issues America needs to deal with. Paul Steinhauser reports for CNN:

Saying “the time is right” because more people agree with his positions, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas on Friday announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

The long-time lawmaker, who was first elected to the House of Representatives 35 years ago, says he’s optimistic about his chances and that his “supporters are enthusiastic.”

The 75-year-old Paul, whose libertarian views and outspoken criticism of American foreign and monetary policy has often put him at odds with the GOP, made his announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Paul is expected to repeat his announcement of candidacy later Friday at a campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he’s also expected to receive several endorsements.

This is Paul’s third bid for the White House. He ran as a libertarian in 1988 and for the Republican nomination four years ago. His campaign in the last presidential election raised eyebrows, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of his legions of supporters, and thanks to his online fundraising prowess. He brought in millions of dollars in one- to two-day fundraising efforts – or so-called “money bombs.”

When it comes to fundraising, it seems that Paul picked up in 2011 where he left off after he dropped out of the 2008 campaign. He raised more than $1 million in a 24-hour period last week, timed to coincide with his appearance at the first Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina…

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  • Rex Vestri

    Badass! Glad to hear he’s running!  If he get’s the GOP nomination I’ll actually do something I never ever in a million years thought I’d do and vote Republican.  Ron Paul is one of the scant few politicians that has remained consistent in his positions on issues instead of saying something one week and then totally contradicting that the next, as far too many of his peers do nowadays.

    GO RON !!!

  • Rex Vestri

    Badass! Glad to hear he’s running!  If he get’s the GOP nomination I’ll actually do something I never ever in a million years thought I’d do and vote Republican.  Ron Paul is one of the scant few politicians that has remained consistent in his positions on issues instead of saying something one week and then totally contradicting it the next, as far too many of his peers do nowadays.

    GO RON !!!

    EDIT: AFTER LOOKING AT RON’S POSITIONS ON ALL THE ISSUES, I NO LONGER SUPPORT HIM!

    • Hadrian999

       he wont get the GOP nomination, if he runs without it he’ll get Obama re-elected

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Shit dude…have you seen the GOP line-up? That describes all of them…nomination or no. 

        • Hadrian999

           I’m trying to avoid that particular freak show for the time being

      • Simiantongue

        He won’t get the GOP nomination, if he runs without it the GOP will get Obama re-elected. Paul is the only one that would have a chance against him. No serious Republican contenders because Obama gives the right most of what they want and they get to beat the hell out of him while he does it. Win win for them. Otherwise it’s going to be Obama in 2012 and I think Patraeus in 2016 as a Republican. My magic 8 ball is not saying beyond that.

  • Hadrian999

     he wont get the GOP nomination, if he runs without it he’ll get Obama re-elected

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2I2CORT7WFTHNB3WJVY3WARWAQ Cory Coggins

     I hate how the media treats him, “he probably thinks he won’t win” what the hell is that? and half the time they don’t even show him in their BS polls.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2I2CORT7WFTHNB3WJVY3WARWAQ Cory Coggins

     I hate how the media treats him, “he probably thinks he won’t win” what the hell is that? and half the time they don’t even show him in their BS polls.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Shit dude…have you seen the GOP line-up? That describes all of them…nomination or no. 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Finally…someone stopped being coy and showed more than a little ankle. I’ve been wondering what was taking so long. This should generate some sudden desire to make announcements and officially get in the game amongst the many fail wagons across the GOP field.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Finally…someone stopped being coy and showed more than a little ankle. I’ve been wondering what was taking so long. This should generate some sudden desire to make announcements and officially get in the game amongst the many fail wagons across the GOP field.

  • Hadrian999

     I’m trying to avoid that particular freak show for the time being

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2QSUF7PQXZST3D75GRQTAZW4KI Tiny Tino

    face the music. face reality. Ron Paul will not win. see you in Nov 2012 when I can come back and say “I told you so.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2QSUF7PQXZST3D75GRQTAZW4KI Tiny Tino

    face the music. face reality. Ron Paul will not win. see you in Nov 2012 when I can come back and say “I told you so.”

  • DeepCough

    You’re dead to me, Ron Paul. Not because you’re from Texas, not because your libertarian views are technically impractical, but because, rather than run as an independent, you continue to delude yourself with a GOP nomination that will never happen, and even if it did, I would definitely not vote for you, because your conservatism would immediately change gears the second you got into office.

    • SF2K01

      That, and he’s not really a libertarian either. I’ll be happy when people stop paying attention to this guy who isn’t what half the people who vote for him think he is. 

      • Anonymous

         Elaborate.

        • SF2K01

          All it takes is for one to read into Ron Paul’s policies to find out he’s just an isolationist, not a libertarian. His big platform is to pull the US away from involvement with the rest of the world, and many are distracted by that. However, if he were president he would be amongst the first to push Christianity on the nation by removing the separations of church and state thus criminalizing abortion and gay marriage. He’s openly stated these tracks of thought when asked about religion’s role and believes in small government so that the church may step in. Not very libertarian at all. of church and state thus criminalizing abortion and gay marriage. He’s openly stated these tracks of thought when asked about religion’s role and believes in small government so that the church may step in. Not very libertarian at all.

          • Anonymous

             He wants to leave everything up to the states, gay marriage included. He wants to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood as well. This does not imply anything further. Ron Paul votes with the constitution, not with his own opinions.

          • SF2K01

            “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government… Knowing this the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage.”

            “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers.”
            - Ron Paul

          • Banasj00

            What Ron Paul says is a fact, not a vision. The establishment clause  originally applied to the Federal Government not to the states. In Connecticut, where I’m from, there is a Congregational Church at the center of every town because it was ‘established’ as the official religion of Connecticut. Short of overturning 150 years of Supreme Court precedent Ron Paul could do nothing to return us to that notion of state established religion. He’s more just making a point of the original intention of the establishment clause which did not say anything about a rigid separation of church and state- a phrase that is not even in the Constitution.

            As the other poster mentioned he would leave questions like abortion and gay marriage to the states. Again, for Constitutional reasons, not religious – due to lack of authority from Article 1 Section 8 juxtaposed with the 10th Amendment. Again, however, remember that he would be the President representing the Executive branch, not the Legislative branch nor for that matter could he overturn Judicial branch precedent – so your fears of him creating a theocracy are unwarranted. 

             

  • DeepCough

    You’re dead to me, Ron Paul. Not because you’re from Texas, not because your libertarian views are technically impractical, but because, rather than run as an independent, you continue to delude yourself with a GOP nomination that will never happen, and even if it did, I would definitely not vote for you, because your conservatism would immediately change gears the second you got into office.

  • Simiantongue

    He won’t get the GOP nomination, if he runs without it the GOP will get Obama re-elected. Paul is the only one that would have a chance against him. No serious Republican contenders because Obama gives the right most of what they want and they get to beat the hell out of him while he does it. Win win for them. Otherwise it’s going to be Obama in 2012 and I think Patraeus in 2016 as a Republican. My magic 8 ball is not saying beyond that.

  • Anonymous

    That, and he’s not really a libertarian either. I’ll be happy when people stop paying attention to this guy who isn’t what half the people who vote for him think he is. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    As I was telling a friend earlier, I disagree with a lot of Paul’s views but he does, at times, appear to display actual integrity, which makes me wonder why on earth he chose politics as a career.  Even if he does get the GOP nomination, which is unlikely unless he radically changes his platform, I doubt he can beat Obama. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    As I was telling a friend earlier, I disagree with a lot of Paul’s views but he does, at times, appear to display actual integrity, which makes me wonder why on earth he chose politics as a career.  Even if he does get the GOP nomination, which is unlikely unless he radically changes his platform, I doubt he can beat Obama. 

  • Pat

    “The 75-year-old Paul”, it seems to me that the 75 year old Paul is a youngster, compared to Reagan.

  • Pat

    “The 75-year-old Paul”, it seems to me that the 75 year old Paul is a youngster, compared to Reagan.

  • Anonymous

     Elaborate.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    meh… fuck him.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    meh… fuck him.

  • Anonymous

    All it takes is for one to read into Ron Paul’s policies to find out he’s just an isolationist, not a libertarian. His big platform is to pull the US away from involvement with the rest of the world, and many are distracted by that. However, if he were president he would be amongst the first to push Christianity on the nation by removing the separations of church and state thus criminalizing abortion and gay marriage. He’s openly stated these tracks of thought when asked about religion’s role and believes in small government so that the church may step in. Not very libertarian at all. of church and state thus criminalizing abortion and gay marriage. He’s openly stated these tracks of thought when asked about religion’s role and believes in small government so that the church may step in. Not very libertarian at all.

  • Anonymous

     He wants to leave everything up to the states, gay marriage included. He wants to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood as well. This does not imply anything further. Ron Paul votes with the constitution, not with his own opinions.

  • Anonymous

    “The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government… Knowing this the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage.”

    “The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers.”
    - Ron Paul

  • Banasj00

    What Ron Paul says is a fact, not a vision. The establishment clause  originally applied to the Federal Government not to the states. In Connecticut, where I’m from, there is a Congregational Church at the center of every town because it was ‘established’ as the official religion of Connecticut. Short of overturning 150 years of Supreme Court precedent Ron Paul could do nothing to return us to that notion of state established religion. He’s more just making a point of the original intention of the establishment clause which did not say anything about a rigid separation of church and state- a phrase that is not even in the Constitution.

    As the other poster mentioned he would leave questions like abortion and gay marriage to the states. Again, for Constitutional reasons, not religious – due to lack of authority from Article 1 Section 8 juxtaposed with the 10th Amendment. Again, however, remember that he would be the President representing the Executive branch, not the Legislative branch nor for that matter could he overturn Judicial branch precedent – so your fears of him creating a theocracy are unwarranted.