With speculation increasing that Republican Congressman Ron Paul will open a bid for the 2012 US presidency, his son Senator Rand Paul contributed the prediction that yes, his dad will run.
If there is a source that can help end speculation on whether or not Republican Congressman Ron Paul will make a White House run in 2012, it is his son, Republican Senator Rand Paul. And the prediction from the senator is that his father is going to make a presidential bid.
“I get every indication from looking at his schedule and hearing what he’s doing that I think he probably will,” Senator Paul told Politico, according to The State Column. “I see my dad’s traveling schedule, and I notice he’s going to Iowa quite a bit and New Hampshire quite a bit.”
Others have taken notice of the congressman's travel behaviors.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, having dedicated a book to Congressman Paul, said that he would happily join the Paul ticket as a candidate for vice president should Paul run as a contender from the Libertarian Party. However, there was no indication that Paul had discussed the matter with Ventura.
"If Ron Paul runs as an independent, I will give great consideration to being his running mate," Ventura told ABC's "Good Morning America," according to a [i]Des Moines Register[/i] report.
Though Congressman Paul is a member of the Republican Party, his political views are distinctly Libertarian and his positions in questioning many government institutions and practices have given him a grassroots and cult-like following.
There have been rumors circulating on Paul's presidential aspirations since he lost his bid for the Republican nomination in 2008. But none of the rumors and predictions had come to any definitive answer.
His own son is not entirely sure.
“Ask him whether he’s running so I’ll know what I’m going to do,” Senator Paul said.