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

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.”