Hint, Hint: Ron Paul to join presidential debate

Former Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul is expected to participate in a primary debate in South Carolina on May 5, the state party announced Friday.

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming interest we have seen so far in this debate,” said South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd. “The road to the White House travels through South Carolina, as our Republican electorate has selected every eventual nominee since our primary’s inception in 1980. We are looking forward to our debate as the official kickoff for the presidential primary season.”

Paul has filled out the paperwork for a presidential exploratory committee, a spokesman for Paul’s PAC Campaign for Liberty told The Daily Caller, although he has not official announced his candidacy. PAC spokesman Jesse Benton said they have all the forms prepared so that Paul can “flip the switch” as soon as he decides to run.

“I’d say this is a sign that he’s giving a really strong consideration to [running],” Benton said of the debate.  “The money’s been great, the enthusiasm’s been great. … The polling in New Hampshire’s really strong so we’re feeling good.”

The South Carolina Republican Party also expects former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty,  former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, and others to join the debate.

The Daily Caller will also co-host a primary debate on July 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the South Carolina primary debate is being held on July 10.

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  • DDMN

    Will someone ask this Klansman from Plan 9 to pee into a cup first ?Uh oh here comes the Scht-sturm .Last time I criticized a cult figure, was followed everywhere by a Tori Amos “fan”.

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  • CK4RP

    Perhaps he has finally been proven to be correct on enough of the issues he brought to the forefront in the 2008 presidential debates that America is really ready for some real hope and, more importantly, change. The false paradigm of the two party system is more apparent to average citizens every day. With few exceptions, the congress critters are all playing on the same elitist team and taking excellent care of their donors, cronies, and cohorts. And all the while they sell the financial futures of generations of Americans down the river. Of course, most Americans have stood idly by while this has been happening but people are waking up.

    RUN, RON, RUN!

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  • sunnyr

    Please don’t, Dr. Paul. Leave it alone. You cannot win and only make a fool of yourself.

    • gatortarian

      He makes fools of the rest of them and most of the voting population. Still amazes me that people hate freedom so much.

    • GeniousIQ

      You say Paul will embarrass himself, yet you probably support Palin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Eppenbaugh/13700311 Gary Eppenbaugh

      Ron Paul was the Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool!

    • RPFAE

      Paul is more interested in a platform for his ideas than in being the president. He predicted the financial meltdown, the housing bubble, more interventionism in the Middle East, and the further erosion of our civili liberties and freedom (see 2008 debates). He believes in freedom, liberty, the Constitution and the rule of law. Those same ideas and principles will win the next set of presidential debates, too. Freedom is popular! It was the reason people immigrated to America before welfare.

      There are those who deride him as a “lunatic fringer” for defending and protecting our Constitution and all the things that made America great. Those would be the same people who are okay with the status quo for the last 50+ years. Pardon me if I don’t like the America that they are obviously comfortable with.

      Any rational person who is capable of critical thinking is aware that all of these “mainstream” (not my label) politicians created this mess our nation is in. While it is true that we stood by and let them do it, I don’t like the way things are going. I want a real CHANGE! Honesty, integrity, ethics and humility appeal to me more than a haircut and a suit. A Paul presidential campaign educates more and more citizens of the advantages of liberty and freedom over economic slavery and socialism where the political elite rule the roost. America needs to wake up! Run, Ron, run!

  • JoeJ

    Ron Paul is a great American. His conservative views are rooted in the magnificent thoughts of our founders.

    It is amazing that how many so called “conservative” people now mouth the Zionist neocon brand of authoritarian government.

    Bless the Pauls!

    • Texas Chris

      It’s important to point out that just becasue the Pauls don’t support sending aid to Israel doesn’t mean they are anti-Israel or that they hate the Jews, as the neocons claim.

      I want my 12 year old son off my payroll one day, too, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love him more than life itself.

      One day they gotta grow up and learn to support themselves, and get along with their neighbors, don’t they? If not, they’ll end up useless spoiled brats who regularly get the snot beat out of them.

      (That goes for Israel AND our children, equally!)