Paul 'strongly considering' another presidential bid
February 8th, 2011
10:20 AM ET
9 years ago

Paul 'strongly considering' another presidential bid

Washington (CNN) - Will Ron Paul make another bid for the White House?

A senior adviser to the 12-term representative from Texas says it's a strong possibility.

"Congressman Paul is very pleased with his strong national organization and flattered by his growing national profile. He is strongly considering a presidential run and is assessing all of his political prospects," Paul Political Director Jesse Benton tells CNN.

An influential pro-family social conservative group in Iowa, the state that goes first in the presidential caucus and primary calendar, announced Monday that Paul accepted an invitation to speak next month at a presidential lecture series.

The organization, The Family Leader, says their presidential lecture series, which former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty kicked off Monday, will be held monthly through August, and adds that the primary purpose "is to provide prominent national figures with a pre-planned, full day in Iowa to introduce them to Iowans and to allow citizens an opportunity to become better informed on his or her pro-family vision."

Other possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders scheduled to speak are Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio talk show host and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

If Paul does run, it would be his third bid for the White House. He ran as a libertarian presidential candidate in 1988 and in the last cycle he made a bid for the GOP nomination. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 7 percent of Republican and independent-leaning Republicans say they would like to see Paul as their party's nominee.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Republicans = Fascists -aka- ReFascisticans

    If Ron Paul's policies are anything like his son's, he can forget about it. Rather that running for POTUS, he should make it a Blockbuster night and rent "No Country For Old Men."

    February 8, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Margie

    Where in Hades would be put the debates? There are so so many running. Of course they won't commit cause most will be laughed out of the country. Gee nine or ten Democrats at first declared during 2008 and the republicans laughed I guess we can burst our britches laughing at the republicans, especially the class and character of those wanting to run.

    Here we have straw for brains Palin running around the country yelling about Michelle Obama wanting parents to feed their children healthy food. If parents were feeding children healthy food we wouldn't have these obese kids. What's Palin problem. Oh I get it she wants us to set a jar of ketchup in front of them, the main vegetable that Reagan said to feed the kids. And she is screeching about charging taxes on food. Well just think there are 14 states that charge sales tax on food and all but one are red states. What about that straw woman.

    February 8, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Another also-ran, who wants to be an also-ran, again.

    February 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Mikey

    Great, more entertainment from the right. Actually, I like Paul – he is honest and forthright and does make some good points. In all, nutty as a fruitcake, but right on a number of issues. He should run in the general as an independant.

    February 8, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. james Miller

    What a nut job !!! ----- His political beliefs would probably work better back in the 1700-1800`s. As much as we would like too, we cannot roll back the clock to the "good ole days" of our forefathers when we hunted/ fished or farmed to live. When we ran the Indians off their land, murdered them for defending THEIR homes, owned slaves, women were denied the right to vote or be considered equals.------ Sounds kinda like the way Muslims think now, doesn`t it ?????

    February 8, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Quirkydude

    The only Republican for which I would consider voting.

    February 8, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. NVa Native

    Unfortunately Ron Paul will never have a strong enough base to battle the religious right and war mongers of the radical right. It's too bad because although he says some really nutty stuff, Paul does make a lot of sense when he speaks of foreign policy and spending money promoting and funding war.
    Don't forget Jefferson disbanded the Continetal Army for many reasons but an important one to remember is he felt having a standing army was too much a temptation for our politicians to get us into war prematurely – as in Iraq.

    February 8, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. diridi

    I am sure, while every Tom, Dick and Harry is running for presidency, I am also thinking to put my nomination...o.k...At least I speak some kind of sense...than GOP idiots...I am begging, can you please vote for me....I shall fix this problems....which Reagan, and Bush the biggest idiots in the world messed...this nation...please vote for me....

    February 8, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    One thing is for sure, he livens up the party! Don't think he has any chance of winning the nomination but he'll surely stir the pot.

    February 8, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    He makes Ross Perot look good.

    February 8, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul believes in a dog-eat-dog world, where education and health care are a privilege not a right, reserved for only those with money. Not born into wealth? Tough! You should be happy serving your corporate masters.

    He's also an isolationist, which in this globally inter-connected world is both naive and dangerous.

    And did I mention his son founded the National Board of Ophthalmology (he, his wife and a PO box, to be exact), a bogus certification board, to make an end run around the legitimate organization that certifies ophthalmologists?


    February 8, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. zoohypothesis

    he'll have my vote and support

    February 8, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. blue

    Ron Paul is the only potential GOP candidate worth voting for.

    February 8, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Dave Harris

    Ron is an interesting figure because he's not afraid to advance radical ideas that at first glance seem impractical and even absurd. This makes you stop and think but, unfortunately, after more careful reflection many of his ideas really are impractical and absurd. I mean, are the old people going to be willing to give up their Medicare and Social Security? Get real. Besides, he's just a goofy guy.

    February 8, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. gerry

    Please do, and Bachmann too! Will make an Obama second term a lock

    February 8, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ron Paul is okay but that son of his Rand Paul is a straight out racist but then again I wouldn't vote for either.

    February 8, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. ART

    Anyone who could raise such a moron as Rand could not be Presidential material

    February 8, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |