Rep. Paul to announce presidential exploratory committee
April 25th, 2011
07:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Rep. Paul to announce presidential exploratory committee

Washington (CNN) - Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul will announce on Tuesday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN has learned.

While Paul is announcing an exploratory committee, he has not made a final decision about launching a campaign for the White House in 2012.

"He is still not 100 percent," a source close to the Paul campaign told CNN. "He is strongly considering a run."

"He is moving closer to a final decision," the source said, adding, "You can expect that decision to come in mid-May."

A key factor in prompting the committee announcement now is the upcoming GOP presidential debate where participation is contingent upon the formation of an exploratory committee.

The congressman, whose son, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, is also considering a run, has run twice for president, most recently in 2008.

But Sen. Paul has said he will not run in 2012 if his father launches a bid.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Republican Robber Baron

    Do it. You're the only honest Republican left in the party that had to guts to question the Iraq War. The Libertarians get no respect though and the Republican Establishment would never allow someone like Ron Paul to get nominated because they are 100% sold-out to the Big $ military-industrial complex...among several other powerful special interest lobbyists.

    April 25, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Erik

    A complete waste of time and money. He's proven he's unelectable twice for president. So there's no use doing it a third time. What an ego!

    April 25, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Hiram3

    I will be voting for a Republican for President, but it certainly will not be Ron Paul. Can you imagine where he would lead this Country !!

    April 25, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    Man to have them money these fools have to blow on ridiculus runs that they have no shot in hell of winning! We could solve the budget crisis in a week if these idiots like palin and trump and paul would send the money they are wasting on these "runs" to the debt directly!

    April 25, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Jeremy

    Love Ron Paul. Most honest politician of them all. Has never voted against his beliefs. Never voted for an unbalanced budget. Never voted in favor of raising the debt limit. A true constitutionalist. I hope he wins

    April 25, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. David

    Run Ron Run! The establishment will say you cannot win, but at the very least you will get the debate headed in the right direction. Somebody has to end our middle eastern war obsession. Please keep talking about the Federal Reserve and the devaluing of our currency. So many more Americans would join you if they got the chance again to hear what you preach. I wasn't able to vote in 2008 but I know which vote I will cast in 2012. Ron Paul 2012!

    April 25, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. kd

    Obama is a lock for a second term. Paul will siphon off enough votes to make that a reality.

    April 25, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Bobo

    Finally, some one who will actually cut spending in Washington. There is so much special interest waste in government that so many of the Washington politicians are unwilling to touch.

    April 25, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. AAA

    Dad could not make it. what makes Rand Paul will make it. It is a joke. The Republican field is looking so muddled and I do not see any candidate worthwhile to become president. The Republicans first have to sort there differences especially with the Tea Party that has become a stumbling block to our progress. it looks like nobody has a plan o action how to handle our economic problems. Rand Paul is a rookie and has no place to run for the presidency. Dad has failed twice and he should hang it.

    April 25, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Richard S

    Ron Paul! Pleeeeeaaasssse RUN FOR PRESIDENT! You're the only American left in government the rest have sold out! The American people need you!

    April 25, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Paul/Ventura 2012

    My dream team – Ron Paul & Jesse Ventura!!!

    April 25, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. here we go again

    This might over-kill for the GOP. The question now is "who aint running"? and wait.......before I forget I'm also running for President, I think i can win the GOP nod who wanna be my running mate? LMAO.

    April 25, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Dingus

    Yet no mention whatsoever of this in the other CNN story today, "Decision time for some 2012ers." Paul has been clear that he will decide on a presidential run within a month. Yet, CNN finds a way to invoke the words Sarah Palin in the "Decision time" story when she has made no move whatsoever toward a presidential run. Great reporting, CNN.

    April 25, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Tammy

    How about a Paul/Paul ticket???

    April 25, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Proud to be an Independent !

    YAWN ! Been there before and done that already . Paul is just not electable , the same goes for Pawlenty ! He and Pawlenty are so boring that I have to take an extra energy pill just to keep up with anything they say ! I'm sorry but the current GOP crop is just plain awful ! Obama is a star and the GOP know's it , they don't have anyone who can really compete with Obama in a general election !

    April 25, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. Greg Kells

    It would be a shame if he doesn't run. The GOP needs a pragmatic reasonable candidate, whether they like it or not. I'd rather see a Libertarian candidate win, but a Libertarian minded Republican is far more realistic.

    April 25, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Please do decide to run, this would split the GOP wide open and the vultures will get to gnaw on the innards!

    April 25, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    "He is still not 100 percent," a source... told CNN.
    "He is strongly considering a run" but NOT ready to begin…
    …his campaign because deep down inside he is not really SURE
    So that's why he will get out there and continue to EXPLORE

    What will he find after he EXPLORES all of the odds?
    What will he do if he DOES NOT get any nods?
    Will he continue to move closer " a final decision?"
    NO – he'll BACK OUT – like Barbour – realizing it was an illusion!!

    Who are these people fooling??? Come on now – the ONLY person out there that should “qualify” to run on the right is “possibly” Mittens and/or Pawlenty and they BOTH will lose in 2012!!! And as for TRUMPet – he is just a “blowhard!!!”

    April 25, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Squigman

    A waste of time and money. Forget about it, and be glad you've had a chance to make a living for as long as you have, without really working for it.

    April 25, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |