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. realitybites

    Hey, conservative. A little history lesson for you since so many of you have such OBVIOUSLY short termed memories or just no need for history, A lot of Democrats thougt Bush and Reagan were done for after their 1st terms but, surprise they won handily. 2012 will not be going very well for you ( I guarantee it!) either in the senate / house or the white house. Your little Title wave has already start to backwash. Polls show the public pretty much dismayed w/ both parties but, even more so w/ the Republicans. Generally, the moderate mainstream in the this country just wasn't interested in midterm elections and a lot of them still have some of their long term memories intact to remember what it was like under your flunkie, average, cowboy and his puppet masters. I probably just throwing bread at a wall though. Wast of bread against a hard stubborn surface w/ no memory.

    April 26, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. concerned liberal

    @they call me "tater salad" – you call him "too old"

    Are there other types of people that should not run?

    CNN – time to apply a little Terms of Service and delete age-ist comments. Let leave hate out of these comments folks!

    April 26, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Clwyd

    Ron Paul has never gotten me to believe he was anything other than a real nut job. At least this sounds like he is human!

    April 26, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. msgijoe

    Marcus, you are making sense.

    April 26, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    REG in AZ regarding trickle-down economics: "even when Bush-Cheney convincingly proved that the ‘trickle down’ theory is a total fraud. "

    Actually, it's failure as economic policy started being revealed about mid-way through Reagan's first term, when the deficit ballooned – to the point that he raised taxes 9 times to bring it under control (a little factoid most GOPers chose to forget).

    Since 1980, real wages for the American Middle Class have either stagnated or declined, as the overall wealth of our country has moved upward.

    In fact, the gap between the top 1% and everyone else hasn't been this bad since the Roaring Twenties (and we all know how that ended in September 1929). The top 1% of Americans own 33% of the wealth.

    Republican tax cuts (which the Dems sheepishly went along with) under Reagan and Bush significantly increased the wealth gap.

    And folks like Ron Paul want to see this trend continue ...

    April 26, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. ATLJack

    Yes, conservatives pine for the good ole days under George W. Bush.

    His adding $4 Trillion to the national debt.
    The worse job record since the 1930s.
    Getting us into a war in Iraq over non-exist "weapons of mass destruction"
    Bush's low 20's approval rating as President in his final years.

    Yes, American's want to go back to those glory days.

    Conservatives must have VERY short memories.

    April 26, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    Bob in Pa! You are what is wrong with America. Twisted minds that imagine that there is some kind of plot. Look to the republicans for that!

    April 26, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    We can and will lay the blame where it belongs – right oh the big fat face of every Repub & tea-bagger out there – and the morons who support them Boob in Pa, Spour of the door,etc. real lame nonsense.
    Repubs are liars and cheats. Not one has any integrity or personal strength. They claim one thing and do another, they whine about it's always someone elses fault – except they voted for every miserable mistake and blunder Bush/Cheney made. And gave huge tax subsidies to corportaions who moved Amriecan jobs overseas to increase their corproate profit by 2%.

    April 26, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. diridi

    Obama is a poor man's guy....o.k, it is hard to these crooks to win....I vote for Obama...I like his health care, and fin. reg. reform...he concentrates on education, energy, infrastructure, public transportation....o.k, fuel efficiency, is his main...

    April 26, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Marcus

    Four and The Door – Your comment about 'high enough taxes' shows your ignorance about the real world, again.
    Bob in PA – 'Rich like minded comunists'? Oh, you meant rich liberals, right? So full of stereotypes was your post that I had to think a little to decipher it... and be real sorry for PA...

    April 26, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    The only reason Obama is still in the White House is because his name was not on November's ballots. Otherwise, he lost and not by just a little bit. American voters do not vote for excuses. American voters will not sign up for a " hate the wealthy" club. American voters really really are looking for a better future, measurable results and politicians that do what they campaigned on. Like the Republicans we sent to Washington in November. They are doing what they said they would do. And we are getting results, not excuses.

    April 26, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Marcus

    'Like the Republicans we sent to Washington in November. They are doing what they said they would do. And we are getting results, not excuses.'
    EXCUSE ME????
    Earth to 'Four and the Door', how are things up there in Lalalalaland?

    April 26, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    The stock market hit 14,000 while Bush was president, and unemployment was as low as 4.6%. Yes I long for the good old days prior to Obama/Reid/Pelosi.

    April 26, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Republican Robber Baron

    Yes but the Republican Establishment is so hopelessly sold-out to the Big $ industrial lobbies...the Party bosses would never allow someone like Ron Paul to get nominated. As much as the Republicans need to shake things up and reset their agenda...
    in reality the Republican Party is hopeless and stuck in the past.

    April 26, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Four and The Door – Your comment about 'high enough taxes' shows your ignorance about the real world, again.
    The only reasonable explanation is that Marcus is a unionized government employee. Otherwise, "Raise our taxes more!" is just plain odd.

    April 26, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. maf

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Off your meds much??
    You have been spouting off about all things anti-President Obama for quite some time now. You generalize a bunch of
    C*** without referencing any facts!! Me thinks you are one of the many that the GObP rely on as their "base".
    You will be surprised in 2012 when nothing you are speaking about becomes reality.
    Can't wait!!!

    April 26, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Kara

    @Four and the door, where are the jobs?

    April 26, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Richard Carpenter

    Ron Paul understands that war makes us poor and destroys our country.
    THIS is the most important issue we face today. No other candidate has faced that issue. Most of us citizens are too cowardly to face that issue, forget about politicians. Most "Christians" today vaguely understand that our religion requires war, torture, and hatred for Muslims. Most of us who call ourselves Christians would be appalled and disgusted to learn of the "Just War Doctrine" of the Catholic Church. Hint: "preemptive war" otherwise known as "aggressive war" is evil, according to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo.

    April 26, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Darryl Schmitz

    I'd rather have a competent, honest, Constitutionalist president like Ron Paul than the corporatist sneaks we've had for all these years. If he's healthy and chooses a competent vice presidential candidate, who cares about his current age? He has demonstrated that he's perfectly capable of handling stress, mainly because he does not constantly waffle around, catering to special interests with half-truths and flat-out lies like most of today's politicians do. Constantly maintaining a web of deceit like high rolling politicians do today certainly takes its toll.

    April 26, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Katie Denver

    I am a registered independent (the ones that the Republicans should be courting, right?). I did vote for Obama, yes, but would have voted for McCain had he not made such an error in choosing Palin (I am originally from AZ and used to really respect him). I'm sorry "Four and the Door" "Bob from PA" "Day of Reckoning" and the "Rickster", wherever he is – I have researched some of your statements and you have all been mistaken way more often than you have been right. The majority of what I hear these days from Republicans are lies or blaming, all the way from the GOP candidates to Jon Kyl ("not intended to be a factual statement" even though it was said on the floor of Congress) to you. You will never get 2012 if you all continue to lie like this. Think about that if you really care about your party.

    April 26, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Gary

    "In politics, being liked is very important?" I dunno, Mr. Paul seems to do OK voting no on everything except what fits his overly narrow view of "Constitutional."

    April 26, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Anthony From Illinois

    Patrick from Minnesota,

    Yes, you are 100% correct when you say Ron Paul doesn't think abortion and gay marriage is right, but that's his own personal opinion. He is leaving that up for the people of each state to decide. The federal government should not be involved with these issues. I THINK the only thing he can do if he were the President is let people know how he feels about abortion and gay marriage. If a state allows gay marriage or abortion, there is nothing Ron Paul can do.

    April 26, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Sorry Four and The Door, but you are wrong.

    President Obama is the finest, most intellectual and the most compassionate leader we have ever had. November 2012 can not come soon enough.

    April 26, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. Moe NY

    This man ran 2 times for POTUS, and lost both times...whatever makes him think the American people will vote for him this time around? Time to get out of the political arena as far as POTUS goes Paul. Seems to be a Republican thing as far as running and running again for POTUS. If the American people did not want any of you in office the first and second time you all ran, why do you think you would change our minds? It is not like any republicans have contributed to the welfare of America. Actually the republican/teabag lineup for POTUS is a joke in my opinion.. As far as President Obama goes, he has my vote once again.

    April 26, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. bill

    Stopped when I found Paul's face on TV. First time I have seen Spitzers show and will be the last. No respect for the guest show through. Not agreeing with Paul is one thing, respecting him is another.
    You are a poor host and your failure to allow Paul to answer reveals a lot about you.
    You should apologies to Mr Paul and stop interview until you learn some respect. Paul is an elected man with a great deal of respect. Not some child molester.

    April 26, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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