March 2nd, 2009
03:50 PM ET
14 years ago

No third run by Ron Paul for the White House?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Ron Paul was a GOP presidential candidate in the 2008 campaign cycle."]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.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Mike

    The guy's too old to run again. He really made waves last year and I hope he inspired a new generation of libertarians. We need strong libertarians voicing their opinions to help our nation keep some level of fiscal responsibility.

    March 2, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. debbie

    That this man tied for third place with a dingbat from the frozen tundra is an outrage. I don't blame him if he doesn't have the stomach to run.

    March 2, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. Larry

    I know that Americans will be OPEN to listening to Ron Paul for the first time,someone,if not Ron Paul ,that loves this country and has common since will win the next election.

    March 2, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Felicia

    It's just as well, it's our time.

    March 2, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. MsRotten

    I would LOVE for Dr. Paul to run again. But in 4 years he'll be pushing 80. I was hoping that he's beat out ALL of those FAKE Republicans in the primaries. But instead....we got McShame and his dumb dog pitbull with lipstick....McStalin.

    No way in HELL I was voting for those two INSANE individuals!!!

    So....B-Rock it was!

    March 2, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. simmy

    You seem to be a good man, but you're on the wrong side of the Law. It's time to fold up the tent. Amen.

    March 2, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Juan from L.A

    The media did play a role in not giving him the seriousness that he deserved and unfortunately Paul ran with the Reps who didn't give him credit either. Just watch like old man McCain treated him. It was despicable. He had a movement going and it was fascinating. I voted for him. If he looked and talked like Mitt Romney we would had him as President.

    March 2, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Jeff from Jersey

    He can't run again.He'll be in a walker by then.

    March 2, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    Ron Paul...what I can say about him? Totally out to lunch and completely misguided are a couple of phrases that come to mind. Anyone see him on Bill Maher? What a nutjob–thank the heavenly Father that Ron Paul is not running the "recovery"–the man's views are wacky.

    March 2, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Kelly

    Ron Paul is a great man, and the country needs more politicians like him. Republicans need to open their eyes to his principles and the general public needs to open their eyes to the legitimately good ideas of libertarianism.

    March 2, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Brett

    Ron Paul is the only Republican I could see voting for. Too bad, but I think he knows he belongs to a doomed Party.

    March 2, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Jumpy Snark

    No more Paultards? Oh well, we'll always have TruckNutz...

    March 2, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. andrew haynes

    franky, your an idiot! Free market? You can't blame the free market! We have not had a free market ever! You need to start blaming all the people who indulged in this mess and the government for creating these expansion and contractions. Get your facts straight before you post some supid remark!

    March 2, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Objective thinking

    lovaeable liberal: His libertarian policies were proven CORRECT by the crisis, not discredited. The government meddled in the markets by giving Fannie and Freddie advantages that other competitors in their fields did not get. That resulted in them making loans that they would otherwise consider too risky. Now what companies were called out be all parts of the political spectrum as the center of this all? FANNIE AND FREDDIE.

    He was proven right, and you need to do your homework. And doing your homework doesn't mean looking for ways to justify whatever beliefs you already hold.

    March 2, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Even Ron Paul would be a better President than the travesty we have now. Obama, with the help of Reed and Pelosi, has created a full blown depression in less than six weeks.

    March 2, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Brody

    My gosh please dont leave us without any hope! You were the only voice of fiscal sence in the last election... Run, Ron, Run!!

    March 3, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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