WASHINGTON (CNN) – Ron Paul says he may not make a third run for the White House.
The Republican congressman from Texas was asked by CNN American Morning anchor John Roberts if he plans to make another bid for the presidency in 2012. "I don't think so,” said Paul. “I'm not planning on that. It's a long way off. I hardly can visualize what the country is going to be like then."
Paul was a GOP presidential candidate in the 2008 campaign cycle. He also ran for the White House as a Libertarian candidate in 1988.
He tied for third place with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a presidential preference straw poll of conservatives attending the annual Conservative Action Political Conference this past weekend in Washington. Former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney came in first in the straw poll, followed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
While Paul was non committal on running again, the 11-term Congressman said his political organization continues to grow.
"The Campaign for Liberty has been geared up, and it's going to continue to grow, so it's going to be alive and well. And I think we will have a presence,” he told CNN. “Exactly how that translates into my personal activity and all that remains to be seen."
Paul formed the Campaign for Liberty last June, when he suspended his presidential bid, as a way of continuing to foster the grassroots support he received during his campaign for the White House.