Ron Paul takes another step towards '12 bid
February 11th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul takes another step towards '12 bid

Washington (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul re-launched his political operation this week, the latest sign he will once again pursue the Republican presidential nomination.

Paul has raised $100,000 in the past 48 hours, Jesse Benton, who serves as the congressman's political director, told CNN.

Paul's PAC, Liberty PAC, had just $73,000 in the bank on Wednesday. Paul is expected to make a decision about whether to run again for the Republican nomination before the summer, said Benton, who added that the congressman is still considering running for the open seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Paul, a Republican who promotes libertarian views (he ran as the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee in 1988), has an eclectic group of supporters who range from fiscal conservatives to anti-war activists. Some of the anti-war Paul supporters booed former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Thursday during their appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Paul is one of a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates who are speaking at this annual meeting of conservative activists.

On Thursday, businessman Donald Trump addressed the conference and in his remarks declared that Paul had no chance of winning the presidency. Paul supporters responded by booing Trump.

Paul is not expected to respond in kind when he speaks at CPAC on Friday afternoon.

"We are just dismissing Donald Trump as not a serious person in politics," Benton said.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. TB

    If Ron Paul decides to run for President, he will be the only Republican candidate who is a GENUINE conservative. Neoconservative military imperialists are NOT genuine conservatives. Religious theocrats are NOT genuine conservatives.

    If you Republicans want a REAL conservative, you need to support Ron Paul.

    February 11, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. what a joke

    lord! GO AWAY!!!!!

    February 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Derka Derr.

    If I were to ever go somewhat to the right, this would be my man. We either take this place apart and rebuild, or we invest again, you can't have both. America, $%& or get off the pot, because I really don't want to see crisis situations in my lifetime in this great country we have been shoving down people's throats. This is one man that has had it right from day one, whether you like him or hate him, he might as well be a prophet while the rest of you scramble with your celebrities. Now, what worries me, is that he'll be forced to take in a whole lot of extremists (Tea Party/Liberals) he really does not want to associate with, but in order to win....well you know..Hey America, remember when you laughed at him at the debate? You morons!!! Grow up and get educated. He was right about EVERYTHING!!! See, majority are dumb, take it for what it is and start listening more often to people who have lived their life following these things and taking an interest. Can't be everything despite what mommy says. =)

    February 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    The list of GOP hopefuls is getting funnier: Palin, Paul, Bachmann, Trump, Guiliani...

    February 11, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Sgt Schultz

    Good...he's a lot better than any of the other GOP candidates. I doubt the GOP establishment would ever take him seriously though however.

    February 11, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    Wow, all we need is for McCain to jion in and we can run the same old bunch of tired white rich guys we ran last cycle.
    It's very refreshing to see how the GOP has progressed (or not!)

    February 11, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Jefferson

    lol @ donald trump ... time for some real serious people with some real serious ideas ... RON PAUL 2012 or bust for GOP

    February 11, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. GonzoinHouston

    Ron Paul is a niche/cult figure within the GOP. He can raise enough money to stay in the race, but he'll never raise enough votes to win a single primary. He's an interesting guy with some interesting ideas, along with many other ideas that are frighteningly deranged.

    February 11, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. CMS

    America's last best hope.

    February 11, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. carlos

    add him to the 487 rising stars of the nincompoops, more like falling boulders....hehehe

    February 11, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. carlos

    out of t une out of focus..............pathetic all of the at the Controversial Pac of rats.

    February 11, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Richard

    Too little too late Ron and too old come back to Greentree PA and retire

    February 11, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Dan

    Go, Ron, Go!!!!

    February 11, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |