Paul: Iowa trip might influence 2012 decision
March 8th, 2011
09:47 AM ET
7 years ago

Paul: Iowa trip might influence 2012 decision

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said during a sojourn in Iowa on Monday that the trip could influence his decision-making process as he mulls another presidential run in 2012.

“The truth is, my answer has been, I am 50/50 on the issue of running or not running,” he said. “I really don’t know. Maybe a trip like this will help me make up my mind.”

Paul was speaking to reporters in Pella after an event organized by the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative Christian group.

The libertarian icon will also travel to New Hampshire, which hosts the nation’s first presidential primary, later in March.

Paul said events beyond his control might compel him to join the presidential field.

“If there is a monetary crisis brewing and it is very evident to the America people that they need to get an answer about the monetary system, I have always said I would have a hard time remaining quiet,” he said. “What I would do to not be quiet, I don’t know.”

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    I sure hope the farmers and people of Iowa recognize a crazy when they see and hear one?

    March 8, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Oy Vey Az

    Great! The Republican stream will run brown with meanness as more of their crazy base enters the race. Come on Sarah ... come on Michelle ... come on all you hillbilly nut jobs. Show us exactly what kind of … stuff … you all are made of.

    March 8, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Tollevin

    Paul has been the only consistently sane voice in Congress for over a decade. His conviction to his historically Republican values shows great courage and moral virtue. Let's hope that the people, regardless of mass media coverage, get the chance to see what he can do for them as President.

    March 8, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Rdepontb

    I think both parties should shunt some funding his way-just to keep the important issues, the essentially non-partisan issues, on the table. That would help eliminate the Palin-type wasted effort over personalities, clothes, etc. And Ron Paul has ideas that, while controversial said out loud, are certainly in the minds of some from each party.

    March 8, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. ja

    with all due respect, you are to old

    March 8, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Paul will get the farm vote for small government when he points out that government has no business making sure that Iowa beef is safe for consumer consumption. I wonder how he will tell them that farm subsidies also have to go.

    March 8, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why go to Iowa when you can pull a Donald, and send a hired hand?

    March 8, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If we could only harness the methane from the BS that lying republicans are saying in Iowa, we might be able to cut our dependence on foreign oil.

    March 8, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. jeff, alabama

    I'll tell all you guys something.
    It doesn't matter if you are
    liberal or conservative,
    if you listen to this guy talk
    for over thirty minutes or so
    you will realize that liberals and
    conservatives are not each others
    worst enemy. Listen to this guy
    if you get a chance and see if
    you agree with me. At least liberal
    democrats and conservative Republicans
    are patriotic and believe in law and order
    and taxes and social security for the working
    stiffs of America.

    March 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. FM

    Please gather the courage and make up your mind Ron Paul. We are behind you and you will get our votes as you always speak the truth.

    March 8, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. gabby

    Paul needs to talk more about how his positions can help families and make America a better place. He needs to lay out a positive vision for what he will do if elected.

    March 8, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. diridi

    he does not know what he talks.....well, old age...wants to be least once in his life time...USA presidency is so cheap.....cheaper than cucumbers i guess.....

    March 8, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. iowa = loves tea part corporate loyalism

    Iowa's love for the tea party corporate loyalists has gone against the American middle class too many times...
    GOTP politicians just appear dimwitted and short term ... and cannot put together a plan for America that creates jobs in small and medium size towns across America which is what we desperately need....
    The energy sector that President Obama keeps trying to promote is an obvious area where jobs across America could be created to build and and manage small energy hubs based on wind and solar

    March 8, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has some thoughts that are good, but I don't think that he fully understands the constitution. I know that many people will disagree, but I don't think he understands that the constitution allows for the changes in the country's situation which is why it allowed for the Congress. Congress is the branch of government that makes the laws in response to the people's wishes and needs.

    March 8, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. pale blue dot

    With all the losers trying to be the leader of the Rep party,they are doing one thing......assuring the President will be the Pres for another 4 years.

    March 8, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Jay

    Run Mr. Paul. Please.

    March 8, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Neither one of these Pauls will ever be president; daddy Paul can't win so he brings in his sqirt son whose just a plain out radical fool.

    March 8, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |