Rep. Paul makes exploratory committee official
April 26th, 2011
05:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Paul makes exploratory committee official

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas officially announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, a move CNN reported Monday.

He also revealed his Iowa leadership team who will be three elected members of the Republican Party of Iowa's State Central Committee, the 17-member Board of Directors of the Iowa GOP, according to a press release from the congressman.

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  1. Ancient Texan

    I think Ron Paul understands the economic problems this nation has better than any politician in the country. That said, I don't think he can get the nomination to be the GOP presidential candidate. The more flashy, showy, and outspoken candidates will get all the press.

    April 26, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Bob

    Good. He can give all those folks he had investigating his "controlled demolition" theory on 9/11 something new to do.

    April 26, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    @Ancient Texan
    And don't forget to mention the ignorant, LOUD, arrogant, self-centered, egotistical[sp] and morons are also running on the right!!!

    April 26, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Brian

    Ron Paul or it doesn't matter.

    April 26, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Johnny Five

    Right you are Texan, no matter how bad the other candidates are. Since he basically created the Tea Party, I do think this is his best shot. If the GOP doesn't get on board with him, yet again, we'lll go down, yet again.

    April 26, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Ron Paul lost my vote when he started with this "16,000 armed IRS agents" BS. Too bad some of his ideas sounded good at first. But I am afraid he is a looney.

    April 26, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. MN Mom

    I agree with Ron Paul on cutting defense spending, but that is all. I would NEVER vote for him. His economic policy is the 90% the same as any other Republican - lower taxes for the rich, cut spending for programs that help the middle class survive, and slash spending on the poor and vulnerable. He does not believe in regulations because he buys into the free market BS (yeah big corporations will just always do the right thing out of the goodness of their hearts, we don't need any rules - LOL). He would end Medicare (can you imagine how many elderly people would be without health insurance right now if there were no Medicare?!?) and Social Security (with middle class wages stagnating and health care costs rising many hard-working people can simply not save up enough to support themselves until they are 80). The same GOP policies with the exception that he would cut defense spending. Not impressive and not getting my vote.

    April 26, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is the Man!

    April 26, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Jedi Master

    He gets negative press from both sides of media because he refuses to accept corporate money and doesn't play into the whims of the 'system' there's a huge facade of left vs right and he falls outside of that system and is a true threat to the corporate/bankings long power hold over this country. More people realize this then ever before, so he's got a better shot.

    April 26, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. blue

    Ron Paul won't win because he actually will follow through on his promises.

    April 26, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. jewballs

    I think Ron Paul is a racist who understands nothing of the problems that face this country and who wants nothing more than to decentralize our economy until there is nothing left but a corporatocracy. That being said, i am glad he wont be getting any chance to run this country. Vote socialist in 2012.

    April 26, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Richard Carpenter

    Ron Paul had half the CPAC audience members on their feet cheering every applause line. Unfortunately, the other half just sat there as if they did not know where they were or what was happening. "Christianity" today appears to require support for endless war, torture, dictatorship at home, and hatred for Muslims. Most "Christians" would be appalled and disgusted to learn of the "Just War Doctrine" of the Catholic Church. Google it.

    April 26, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Rich

    Hiding this pretty deep back aren't ya cnn. Typical. Fox isnt even mentioning it. What u afraid of CNN?

    April 26, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. eddrro

    He is one of the few maybe only politician out there keeping it real, he is againts the wars, defended wikileaks,and is in favor of legalizing pot, If other repubs where like this i might want to join but he won't win and the media won't give him any play. When he ran last time during the debate he told us all what we know now but they gave all the time to obama and clinton stuck hi
    m on the end and flashed to him right b4 commercials and right after. The truth is never sexy to the media especially if a old man is telling it!

    April 26, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. It's the constitution, stupid

    Ancient Texan, I have to respectfully disagree. Last election he was a virtual unknown. But he has spent the past two years becoming somewhat of a media darling and I think this will have a greater impact as the talking heads will have a much harder time convincing people he is a kook with an nonviable candidacy.

    Washington needs Ron Paul. America needs Ron Paul. And I have a feeling that "the RevoLution" will indeed be televised.

    April 26, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. James

    He's by far the most rational candidate that I've seen consider and/or run for candidacy. I wish him the best of luck this time around and genuinely hope people give him the attention and respect he deserves. I don't expect him to win the nomination, but I do think he'd beat Obama.

    April 26, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Patriot

    I know Ron Paul is the right man for the job, I just hope the war/welfare media doesn't undermine him and let the people decide what they want.
    I got a hunch the media will try to shape a certain negative image of him, they do this to most good men.

    April 26, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Jake

    A country that supposedly wants compromise should love the prospect of Ron Paul. He is a non-interventionist and codemns the use of force except in extreme cases and he actually believes in liberty for Americans! Being a libertarian he satisfies liberals socially and conservatives economically. He is by far the most qualified politician to combat our financial woes that have been brewing for a hundred years

    April 26, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. james

    finally someone i can vote for

    April 26, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Steve Cohen

    The philosophy of Paul should carry him through.

    April 26, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Bribo McBain

    People who say Ron Paul can't get the nomination have no faith. Anyone can get the nomination, and many lesser men have in the past. Ron Paul is the most deserving and best qualified candidate in anyone's lifetime. He will not only get the nomination, but he will win in a landslide. The majority of American people are sick and tired of what they are getting. This country is ready for someone who portrays the American spirit and will help us all make this country proud again. Ron Paul is that person. He has my vote...even if I have to write his name in come election day.

    April 26, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Luke

    This man is the only person among the Republicans and Democrats that ACTUALLY gets it...

    April 26, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. zoohypothesis

    The only candidate the Founders would endorse.

    April 26, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Johnson

    @ancient texan, what makes him better than obama? he will loose the general if he makes it that far.

    April 26, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. erib baumen

    i couldnt agree more its too bad i think that man could change the whole outlook of this twisted government and polocies

    April 26, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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