Washington (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul said he is in a better position now than he was the last time he ran for president, in 2008.
"Before, I was trying to get people's attention about the seriousness of our economic crisis and the financial bubble and the housing bubble. But that became very clear, you know, in – in 2008," Paul said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room." "People are starting to realize that was the case."
Paul said the country has come to realize what he predicted during his last bid for the White House, about foreign policy, drug policy and economic policy.
"I see and feel the enthusiasm, the numbers of people who are interested," Paul said. "It has been an explosion of interest."
The eleven-term Texas congressman, who is 75, said his age is "irrelevant as far as I am concerned."
"What really counts is what I deal with are young ideas," Paul said. "The ideas of liberty are very, very young when you look at history."
– Watch Paul on CNN's "The Situation Room" Friday from 5 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET and on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.
Just saw this guy on two different CNN shows. It is incredulous what he believes in. He says to each his own, basically, and that will not produce civility to say the least. Something is really wrong that he does not want to help other Americans if they do not live in his own backyard. No one wants to pay taxes, but we realize that they do serve a purpose. He compared his area to 100 years ago. Doesn't he realize the population was much less 100 years ago so recovery would be easier than it is today? He sounds worse than the Tea Party people, if that is possible.
He has a shot at the nomination only because he has a lemming-like cult following from those so called "independents" (tea baggering anarchists). Past that, I'm sorry to say it, but he's too old to be President. The Republican party needs a fresh face (on second thought, he'd be perfect), he's not their guy.
You are just wasting you time Mr Paul. And your IDIOT son to.
Sorry paul #1, your age IS VERY important!!! You will be 76 years old in 2012 and your choice for vp will be even a greater problem for you in case you croak before your turn would be over. You should have given up what you are NOT going to be, meaning our president, years ago.
Your son has told everyone except the dummies in KY who voted for him that your libertarian thinking is NOT what this country needs right now. Do you also think the civil rights bill of the 60s should be done away with? Do you also believe that people should be turned away because of the color of their skin in the 21st century? I think so because the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Tell me people, Why do you fear a man that has every intention of weening you away from government coddeling.All through history people have died to attain that.
@evan " He runs and updates his own facebook page, as well as his myspace page where uploads audio clips of him discussing current issues and events."
So does the bimbo from AK and we all know what a complete delusional idiot she is. Not everyone thinks that every bit of their lives needs to be told to everyone be it on facebook and twitter. The rethugs think that by being "with it" they can bring in the young people. Even newter man is not going to make it because he is on twitter too.