Ron Paul to run for president
May 12th, 2011
11:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Ron Paul to run for president

Washington (CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul is expected to announce Friday that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to the campaign tells CNN.

Paul will hold a morning campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire where he is expected to receive several endorsements. This is Paul's third bid for the White House. He ran as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and sought the GOP nomination in 2008.

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  1. Matt C

    You guys do know that he was in a Presidential debate last week and everything, right? This is NOT breaking news.

    May 12, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. S. In California - Obama 2012

    This is all he will do is RUN. He's too old and is seen by many (including myself) as senile and crazy. He can raise ALL the money he wants but he'll never get the coveted prize or be considered a serious contender. As far as I am concerned, I wouldn't vote for ANYONE associated with the Paul name in politics but go ahead all you R. Paul lovers and enjoy the moment because he will never get pass first base.

    May 12, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    BREAKING: Ron Paul to run for president

    What else is new. When doesn't he run for President?!?!

    May 12, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Some good ideas but far from a good Presidential candidate. He might be good as a VP candidate though. But he would definitely be better than the dolt we have now.

    May 12, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Matt C, it is breaking news when a candidate OFFICIALLY announces they're running. Duh.

    May 12, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Al

    He should run as a Libertarian.

    May 12, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Dustin

    Please for the love of God let him win.

    May 12, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Stand Up

    I would take Ron Paul over the empty suit we have now.

    May 12, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He's crazier than a bedbug. And his son...OMG.
    These people need to "channel" Reagan, alzheimer's and all because their clown car of candidates is nothing but a sad joke.

    May 12, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. The Other Dale

    We'll be looking forward to another of your numerous concession speeches, Ron. Unfortunately, this means Rand won't run and he'll have to concentrate on screwing up Kentucky. Oh, what am I saying? Rand hasn't done anything for Kentucky since getting elected; he's too busy promoting himself, his toilet, and his book to bother with something he considers trivial, like state politics.

    May 12, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Namesharron

    I am a democrat voting republican thanks ,Ron Paul!!!

    May 12, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. cf

    A man who thinks it's okay for citizens to have their freedoms and constitutional rights taken away, as long as they are taken by state government instead of federal government. And he calls this "liberty." No thanks, Ron. Go away.

    May 12, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. rs

    Saying he equates Healthcare Reform to slavery? He's toast already.

    May 12, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. barry

    Yes,thats it? Lets vote in an "Elderly President" with up-comeing Dementia! Some good ideas? A millionaire that can buy his own nursing home,he won,t have to worry about "being thrown out on the street,like his policies against "The Retired" will do!!!! A nutbag vote for Gop/TP. WOW

    May 12, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Kevin,FL

    Good.. I wish him well..

    May 12, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Calvin

    Out of all of the powers given to the President, Ron Paul would be the best choice we've had since JFK. He'd bring ALL of our troops home and close our foreign military bases WE DO NOT NEED anymore. Take that 800 BILLION dollar defense budget and easily cut it in half. Great first step to living within our means.

    May 12, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Brian

    Why does this guy bother? He has no chance of winning. What's worse is that his policies belong in an 18th century theme park

    May 12, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    @Matt C – thank you. What passes for media these days is a stain on this great country.

    May 12, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Desi

    A complete joke, but that goes without saying.

    May 12, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. JK

    Wow why would anyone be against bringing power back to the state level?!?!?!? We will have more control over our GOV. We sould be the ones holding the leash around the GOV's neck not the other way around. Let the FEDs take complete control and watch this country turn into a fascist waste land. Only Ron Paul will help us! RON PAUL 2012 END THE FED!!!!!!

    May 12, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. TomInRochNY

    Give it up, Ron. You'd have to mix some sanity into your philosophy in order to make it to the White House. Few will vote for you wing nut ideas.

    May 12, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Spider Rico

    He may be a little extreme sometimes, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

    As a latino, I also appreciate the fact that he doesn't shamelessly pander to my cultural group to our faces and then bashes us behind our backs with wink winks and nod nods when he's with conservative white people, like 99% of Republicans.

    No matter your political views, you can't deny that he's ACTUALLY honest, principled and a straight shooter.

    May 12, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. vet in texas

    All his plans sound good, but impossible to get done with bipartisan ship, you won't be able to bring all home (has to be voted on), you won't be able to slash the defense budget (has to be voted on), you won't be able to legalize drugs and prostitution (has to be voted on), but you'll be able to take alot of suckers money! Mr. Paul does have the right ideas, but he's with the wrong party for alot of them, thus he won't make it.....again!

    May 12, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Jilli

    Hey, would somebody let me know when the republicans actually get serious about running this country and addressing the issues we're facing. This clown parade of unlikely, unelectable and totally unserious candidates is really pretty insulting.

    May 12, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. A Democrat soon to be Republican

    I used to think he was crazy, and then I did some reading. The man has the best ideas to get this country back from the brink of bankruptcy. Who cares about welfare, healthcare, social security, planned parenthood, Education, NASA, etc., if we as a country don't do something about the $14 Trillion dollars in debt today ($46,000 per US citizen), we won't be able to afford anything but defense and Interest on the debt in the very near future, and soon after that only the debt. I think we owe more to our kids, then a bunch of IOU's.

    It’s not about Democrat versus Republican it is about a country with out of control interest that is eating more and more of the Federal Revenue every second. In the time it took you to read this we are another $1M in debt. It is a slippery slope from which there is soon going to be no return. WAKE UP!

    Don't believe the hype on any candidate, do your own research.

    I am switching party affiliations so I can vote for Paul in the primary and hopefully the general election. We need to get back to a constitutional government.

    May 12, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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