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Ron Paul not ruling out 2012 presidential run, says decision to come at beginning of the year

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

On Sunday’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian favorite, addressed his 2012 prospects. He told NPR’s Guy Raz that a presidential run is still a possibility.

“Well, it’s possible and I haven’t ruled it out, so I’ll probably be deciding at the beginning of the year,” Paul said. “And people ask me if I think about it a lot and I do because a lot of people ask me about it.”

Dating back to 2007, the Texas congressman has garnered a lot of support from a devoted following. Paul explained it is his ideas that have earned him his reputation.

“Sometimes I am very surprised about it because I have been doing the same thing for a good many years and I have frequently said I have never expected to get hardly any attention,” he said. “And I always assumed that my role would be to try to set a record and say what I thought was right and how I took my oath of office seriously, and how I understood sound economics, and maybe somebody would look at it. So I was surprised in the last two years that people have gotten interested. And I think it is the views. I think ideas are the most important and its one of these things ideas of whose time has come.”

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  • erisian

    I am proud that I voted for Dr Paul when he ran as the Libertarian candidate for POTUS in’88, and I will become a RINO to vote for him in a GOP Primary (my state has a closed GOP primary).

  • tencz61

    I’m no paulie . But , i do like the man and a lot of his ideas . Closing a lot of Europes base’s makes sense to me as they pay us nothing why should we foot the bill ? For fly-over rights ? Na , ain’t worth it. They need support they can de-value the euro and ask imho.Restoring Civil rights sounds real good to me also . Telling the Federal Reserve to kiss off and backing the dollar with gold is the only way to fly .No more Federal ponzi schemes . Not sure bout legalizing Dope . We have enough of them now ,”Dope’s.”

  • Citizen Jerry

    Ron Paul for president? No thank you! His isolationist foreign policy is hopelessly naive and he yells more than Billy Mays did.

    • Naddy

      Isolationist? False. He’s a non-interventionist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-interventionism

      He’s even mentioned in the wiki entry above.

      If you’re going to be so bold as to call him naïve, you should at least be able to correctly refer the ideology that he actually adheres to.

      • JonnyMuffin

        I agree Naddy.
        NeoCons are the “Isolationist”. they want to cut off trade and put sanctions on countries, invade and occupy contries, and think it’s ok to meddle in their political affairs (stage coup’s, issuing military threats and whatnot).

  • janesmoote

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  • LibertarianBlue

    Run Dr. Paul please run. Dr Paul is the only one who actually practices real liberty unlike the rest of the scumbag neocons and statists that infect DC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    he’s too libertarian for me. i’m not a libertarian.

    that said, of course i’d welcome him over obama!

    • OldMexican

      Re: Jasmine Clark,

      “[H]e’s too libertarian for me. [I]‘m not a libertarian.”

      So are you a statist then?