July 8th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
8 years ago

Ron Paul ponders politics, 2012 run

Ron Paul returns to Iowa to talk politics, fundraising.

Ron Paul returns to Iowa to talk politics, fundraising.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - When Rep. Ron Paul walked into Hy-Vee Hall last month, a single blue sign with a simple message was placed near the escalator that took him upstairs to a fundraiser attended by 300 Republican activists.

It read: "President Ron Paul 2012."

The sign was symbolic in many ways: Even as Iowa Republicans are focused on midterm elections, the 2012 presidential contest is not far from their minds. And it was just three years ago that Paul did not receive an invitation to participate in a presidential candidate forum held in this very building.

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  1. j williamson

    I like Ron Paul and he brought many good ideas into the 2008 presidential contest – however, I highly doubt his party would ever nominate him. A third-party run might be his ticket.

    July 8, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. maf

    I used to think that Ron Paul WAS the alternative. Fresh ideas, a refreshing change from the mainstream. Now, the more he is exposed, the less belief in my previous statement. I hope he runs though, as the so called "independent base" that is looking for a third party candidate, will support him as will a majority of the "Tea Party Express". This will water down the vote any other Republican candidate will receive. . . another term for President Obama and a majority Democratic house and Senate.

    Then you will see real CHANGE!!!

    July 8, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    A.B.O. – ANYBODY But Obama.

    July 8, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Hugo

    Ron Paul would be a quantum step up from our current Administration. I'm sure we would truly see a change for the better with someone like Paul, he has some great ideas to bring us back home and away from this World Police posture we have morphed in to.

    July 8, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Robert

    Crazy old man with a crazy son.

    July 8, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ron Paul PONDERS every election and get NOWHERE!!! And who will be his VP – RAND??? Jeez, what the HECK??

    July 8, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Thomas

    What ever respect I had for Ron Paul as a candidate was lost with his statement about 16,000 armed IRS agents coming to your house.

    This guy is just a little too detached from reality to be entrusted with the job of POTUS.

    July 8, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. geminitwo

    I made a mistake and voted for Hillary in the primaries – now I will vote for Rand. He makes more sense than the rest of them – and no, never Obama. Hope America learned their lesson when they tried to be politically correct.

    July 8, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    WOW 300 activists? That's more than voted for him in all the primaries in 2008!

    July 8, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. GI Joe

    I can see this country with no taxes - no highways, no bridges, no police, no firemen, no utilities, no hospitals, no schools, etc. - WOW. Wonder where they'll find the money to pay the politicians? India and China and Mexico make donations?

    July 8, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Shari from Madison WI

    Ron Paul for president? With Sarah Palin as VP? Please don't make me sick! If this were to happen, our country would become one with only the very wealthy and the extremely poor.

    July 8, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Rob Johnson

    It's all working out according to plan.

    Ron Paul or some other fringe candidate ends up running as a third party candidate in 2012, siphoning off votes from the GOP.

    Obama wins re-election with 45% of the vote.

    Thanks Ron! The Great Liberal Conspiracy will contact you as needed with further instructions.

    July 8, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Doc

    Shouldn't that read "Rand Paul Panders Politics"?

    Were he truly serious about his beliefs and positions he would eschew the Republican party and run as an independent! Instead he's just trying to pull the puppet strings from above so that he doesn't get blamed for what the party does and doesn't get blamed if the Republican party loses the election from divided votes.

    July 8, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He would never win. What would he do to protect the public when a company makes a defective product? How would he handle this oil spill. I don't think that he knows enough about what the government does and what people have come to expect that it does for them.

    I remember an interview he did with Tim Russert. He didn't know how much it would cost the government to get rid of the IRS and the income tax. That shows that he isn't aware of enough of what is going on in the country and government.

    July 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Pearlie McLaughlin

    Rep Paul is too good a man to run for president. He can never win because 1/2 the voters of the USA are blacks, Jews, gays, Latinos, unions who do not consider the Constitution to be the basis of our governance. But Rep Paul is a constitutionalist down to the bone, and he can never win with the special-interest blocs now cowtowed-to in the US. The special-interests all believe, like Obama, that the Constituion is just a guide and should be changed to suit them. Save your money, Rep Paul, sorry!

    July 8, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Michael

    Ron Paul 2012: Apocalypse Now.
    Maybe the Mayans were warning us about this guy.
    Look at that face: there is a man who could ride a nuke into oblivion waving a ten-gallon hat and shrieking YEEEEEE-HAW all the way down.

    July 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Cody

    Are you sure that its not "President Ron Paul -1912"?

    July 8, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Larry

    Go ahead and run Paul. And take Palin as your running mate. I haven't had a good laugh in a long time. LOL.

    We've already seen what's in your gene pool.

    July 8, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Jess C

    Anyone who could spawn such an idiot is not worthy of consideration for the highest office. Enough said.

    July 8, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    He should stick to Texas and give Governor Goodhair,the brainless one, a run for his money.This guy couldnt handle foreign policy if it hit him in the face.

    July 8, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. mike

    lets give it the old campaign spin Ron tell the american voters that
    you want little government oversight and then you can let the your
    butt buddies the oil companies to do what ever they want and lets not forget about your boy Randy and all that money that he is getting
    from your boys in wall street

    July 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. JohninTampa

    I sort of like this guy, but he needs to make his positions known in more detail. I suspect he named his son in part at least after Ayn Rand, and his son Rand is a Neanderthal maybe even beyond his namesake. My concern is sins of the parents, or is it other way 'round now...

    July 8, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. John

    Ron Paul should not run in 2012. He is just a spoiler for the Republican. He is a liberal and should not be treated as a Conservative candidate.

    July 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. Gordon Shumway

    It really would be refreshing and do a whole lot of positive good for this country to have a third party involvement. The extremists of both present parties don't recognize the general public/independent voters concerns nor priorities.

    I say – Jump in Ron, and give it a shot!

    July 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Elliott

    I could support a Ron Paul for sure. He may not be a "Mama Grizzly", but he definitely has common sense.

    July 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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