Washington (CNN) - It turns out that Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney aren't the only major potential presidential candidates who have taken formal steps to run for the White House.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who in 2008 stunned the presidential field with his fundraising prowess and legion of supporters, has filed a "political organization" notice with the IRS, a move that makes it possible for the potential 2012 presidential candidate to accept donations that can later be used for a White House campaign.
Though not quite as formal as establishing a presidential exploratory committee with the Federal Elections Commission, the move is the same as that taken by both Gingrich and Santorum. Pawlenty and Romney, meanwhile, have formed actual exploratory committees.
So does this mean Paul, who is scheduled to take part in the first presidential debate next month, is close to pulling the trigger on a third presidential bid?
"The likelihood he will run has moved beyond 50-50 to 60-40," Paul spokesman Jesse Benton mused to CNN.
Ron Paul has some some great ideas, and, he is not a hypocrite or wimp like Obama, who allowed himself to be convinced by the military industrial complex that Afghanistan needed more troops instead of less. Want to get rid of the deficit, Ron Paul is the best bet. We do not want another four years of BS. See how Obama got us out of Guantanimo? How he let the tax breaks on the rich expire? I am an independent, but so far the only two I have heard that have made any sense are Ron Paul and Donald Trump. The rest so far appear to me more of the same.
So if following the constitution is a radical idea I guess that the Founders were loons? Is this Land of the Free or Land of the Fee? You decide.
Restore the Republic
Ron Paul does miss some points. He seems not to understand that he is a part of the government that makes the laws. He doesn't seem to understand that Congress (of which he is a member) can establish new departments and laws because the writers of the constitution understood that things change over time and so do people.
By the looks of it, we might need some one that radical. Even though our government is FINALLY addressing the national debt, the spending cuts they have proposed thus far are not anywhere close to solving the problem. You really think Obama is "cool"? Look deeply into some of the legislation he has passed. Read the bills. He has lied to us.
Ron Paul is exactly what we need in this country!
Ron Paul 2012
The rEVOLution continues!
Ron Paul knows he can't and won't win, he's just grandstanding for his son. The only reason his son got a senate seat is because he played the race card in Kentucky, but he won't be able to play it to win the WH.
Why not run in 2012; he did so well in 2008 ...
Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich/Bernie Sanders 2012! Maybe we'll get compromise for the good of the country if we have honest brokers with different perspectives.
This guy is a joke. He insists on term limits but has been personally going 20+ years. How many terms does he want to set the limit at? 10?