Rep. Paul: Other possible GOP candidates 'cautious' because of Obama
April 26th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Paul: Other possible GOP candidates 'cautious' because of Obama

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday his fellow Republicans' reluctance to get into the presidential race may have more to do with President Obama strengths than his weaknesses.

In an interview for CNN's "In the Arena" with Eliot Spitzer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, the Texas congressman said the potential Republican presidential contenders are being "cautious."

"They may believe that the president is stronger than most of the polls show." Paul said. "The president is liked a lot and in politics, being liked is very important. So, maybe they don't think he is as vulnerable as the polls indicate he might be."

Paul formally announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday, taking another step toward a bid for the GOP nomination.

In a recent CNN Poll of Polls, 48 percent of Americans said they disapproved of Obama's handling of his job as president. President Obama's approval numbers dropped from 49 percent in January to 45 percent.

Rep. Paul will join others who have announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, including former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

Paul, well-liked by some members of the Tea Party, has run for president twice, in 1988 as a nominee for the Libertarian Party and in 2008 for the Republican nomination. In February, Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the second year in a row, beating Romney.

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  1. Jason

    Finally, Paul says something that makes sense.

    April 26, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Bob in PA

    Obama's strengths all come from rich like minded communists, Unions and the innocence of the majority of America's youth.
    His “revolution” style political machine has taken full advantage of the latter.

    April 26, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Anybody that contemplates running against Obama knows they will be labelled a racist by the Democrats and their MSM lackeys if they tell the truth and nail Obama on his LONG list of failures. But rest assured, the American people have seen and heard enough from this empty suit of a President. They threw out a large number of his Yes-men in 2010 and will be coming for him and the others in 2012.

    American will emerge from this brush with Democrat socialism to reclaim its leadership position in the world. No more of the Obama buffoon "leading from behind".

    April 26, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. C. Howe Yulikit

    In the GOTea clown car, Ron Paul is the chauffeur.

    April 26, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Diane P

    Ron Paul is 75 years old, 77 by inauguration day, much older than John McCain in 08, everybody needs to stop talking about Ron Paul, retirement time for him.

    April 26, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    They are aggressive and stubborn when advocating keeping taxes down .... most notably when it is for the very wealthy .... and they say they want to reduce government spending and the deficit .... even when they demonstrated that wasn’t ever their priority under Bush-Cheney and not when benefiting Special Interests and the select few. They say they will resolve all of the problems .... but all they have demonstrated is to belligerently fault and block every effort without ever offering any bipartisan or constructive effort. They want the majority, the average American to vote for them .... but who they arrogantly cater to is Special Interests and the powerful, influential and extremely wealthy few who strongly support them and together they just aggressively spend unlimited effort and money to con and manipulate the majority. The people, especially the total middle-class who have constantly lost under Republican leadership, want financial responsibility, honesty and conscientious effort to resolve the problems, create jobs and to bring the economy back to the 2000 level .... but what the Republicans arrogantly offer is for everyone to just believe that giving more to the wealthy will do the trick .... even when Bush-Cheney convincingly proved that the ‘trickle down’ theory is a total fraud. Based on actions versus deceptive rhetoric, which is often offered coupled with bazaar antics just to fault the Democrats, what can the people really expect from the Republicans .... when the obvious is seen, then the logical decision should be to reject the deceptive efforts, be insulted by being taken for granted and to refuse to be duped and manipulated. Whatever people’s biases, prejudices and emotional attachments, they still need to be objective and rational and avoid being conned into decisions against their own best interests.

    April 26, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    I don't blame Republicans for being cautious. It's a very odd environment when you have regular citizens running around screaming that the government needs to raise taxes. Apparently the Democratic Spin Machine is one of the most effective organizations ever to be assembled. Am I wrong? Is it normal for citizens of a country to get all worked up because the government does not have high enough taxes?!?!

    April 26, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Patrick from Minnesota

    Ron Paul has sucessfully created tha largest cult following in America. All I hear from them is "Ron Paul is the last real American" and Ron Paul is the only one who can fix America." What a bunch of BS!! They probably don't even know squat about him other than he is anti-abortion and anti-gay. He would never win the nomination anyway.

    April 26, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. gt

    his son rand has a better shot than his dad... ....paul _manchin ticket... that would shake up the folks..

    April 26, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    There is not a republican in the field that can beat the President. The best hope they have is Romney, and he's ashamed of his healthcare law.

    April 26, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Me

    LOL how can you use "communist" and "unions" in the same sentence?? Wow do some research will ya

    April 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe the real truth is........most recognize they aren't any more popular than Obama the bottom line is, can anyone predict who the choice will be, if it IS indeed, the lesser of two evils?

    April 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Floyd

    for Bob in PA,...
    i hope you realize the irony in your comment about rich communists

    April 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. JH Christ

    Hey Day of Financial Reckoning,

    Had you trash picked up recently? Yes? You SOCIALIST!

    BTW, the stock market's earnings are at an ALL TIME HIGH. Yes, Obama's socialist ways are netting record profits.

    April 26, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Peter

    To Bob in PA.....what can I say, you have said it all. You have indicted yourself as the complete ignorant inbred moron you are. "rich like minded communists".......where on earth do you come up with that sort of drivel?

    April 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. A Real American

    Hahaha. While you all are bickering about liberals or conservatives ruining this country, the rich keep getting richer and your wages buy less and less. No politician has your best interest at heart. They all serve the same master. They're pitting you against each other. Oh well. The willfully ignorant get everything they deserve.

    April 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    just gotta love how the Obama haters here have to put a spin on this..especially when it's coming from a Republican who is probably speaking facts. OOPs I forgot..right wingers just HATE dealing with FACTS!!

    April 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. they call me "tater salad"

    Too old, too radical............Ron Paul in a nutshell.

    April 26, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Nawlins

    I really like the newsletters Ron Paul used to put out decades ago in Texas. Especially the cartoons showing blacks being lynched by clansmen. He's the perfect Republican candidate.

    April 26, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. stoley in CA

    Not all republicans are racist, but alot of the racists are republicans and thats a sad thing. These primitive people are sad to see their "old beloved country as they knew it" disappear. But thats what progress is. Would you rather we still live in villages and read the bible all day while we go home on our horse carriages after a long days work on the farm?

    April 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. LeftCoastMike

    News Flash!!! Trump found President Obama's real birth certificate ... stuffed under Sarah Palin's mattress.

    Trump's investigator, Inspector Gadget, also found a lock of the Donald's "hair", some of Newt Gingrich's belly fat, an old toupe' with Rick Santorum's name taped onto it, Michelle Bachman's passport from Mars, Mitt Romney's Seer Stones, a tea bag, some Moose dressing, an old roll of used toilet paper from Sean Hannity's house, and unsigned copies of reality TV show contracts for each of them. News at Eleven!

    April 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    We just didn't like him in 2008 we thought (and are completely sure now) that he was the right man at the right time for the right job.
    @DianeP – I didn't realize that he was 75. Though not old in this day an age I can't see somebody past a certain age being able to handle the rigors of the presidency.
    Then again . . . . . . that son of his is a racist and doesn't care about women or the poor or civil rights. He must have learned that at home?????

    April 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Of the 48% who disapprove of President Obama's job performance, probably half of those are liberal Democrats frustrated that he didn't pursue a purely ideological and liberal agenda. I think President Obama has been a political pragmatist and that has enalbed him to have successes desptie the hand he was dealt. Come November 2012, those liberal Democrats have two very simple choices: (1) Stand by President Obama and vote for him, or (2) sit on their hands and watch one of the numbskull Republicans flaot to the top. If the latter happens, they have forfeited their right to complain and I tell them now–shut up!

    April 26, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Marcus

    Despite being Rand Paul's father, I typically agree with about 40% of what this guy says. President Obama should find a way to make him a part of the team of rivals. Even when I disagree with him, I can respect him because he conducts himself in an honorable and honest manner.

    We need some common sense solutions to the National Debt, it's impact on the value of the dollar & interest rates,

    1.) RAISE the top marginal tax rates to 40% (Reagan era-rate) on the rich.
    2.) ELIMINATE LOOPHOLES (read tax deductions) and raise more revenue that way
    3.) ISSUE a rebate check to those people who have PAID taxes AFTER we see what our REVENUE streams and our DEFICIT projections are over the next 10 years.

    No more "trust us" from Republicans on the fake benefits of "cutting taxes". We can return any money that exceeds the projections in the form of REBATES.


    WE ALSO NEED TO GET OFF OIL ... there is no such thing as "domestic oil" as a right to American consumers. You best believe oil companies will sell it to the highest bidder and that might be China.

    We can reduce the Defense budget when we are no longer held hostage to the need for OIL to run our cars. Don't worry about oil companies & jobs; they will still sell oil for plastics, fertilizers & other petro-chemical uses.

    April 26, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Bob in PA: "Obama's strengths all come from rich like minded communists, Unions and the innocence of the majority of America's youth. His “revolution” style political machine has taken full advantage of the latter."

    What?!? I'm not rich, I'm not a Communist, I don't belong to a union and you flatter me by considering me young.

    What I am is intelligent and capable of logical thought – which excludes me from the group of folks the GOP panders to, at the behest of the ultra-rich, multi-national corporatists who seem determined to turn our country into just another third-world nation.

    April 26, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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