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article image2012 Presidential bid: Third time could be the charm for Ron Paul

By Michael Krebs     Apr 25, 2011 in Politics
Republican Congressman Ron Paul is expected to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on Tuesday, a key step in any bid for the White House and a third attempt for the White House from the congressman.
They say the third time is the charm, and one likely does not need to tell that to Republican congressman Ron Paul. However, on Tuesday Mr. Paul intends to announce the formation of his presidential exploratory committee, according to a National Journal report.
Congressman Paul, active in his twelfth term as a House legislator and known for his decidedly Libertarian views, will make a third run for the White House in what appears to be shaping up to be a considerably crowded Republican presidential contest.
"Paul, 75, ran as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, finishing with less than one half a percent of the vote," Cameron Joseph reported for the National Journal. "After more than a decade as a Republican congressman, Paul gave it another shot in the 2008 presidential election, gaining attention for being the only Republican candidate calling for the end to the war in Iraq and for his 'money bomb' fundraising strategy, which brought in millions of dollars from online donors in single-day pushes."
Mr. Paul has been an influential voice for a new generation of Republicans in Congress, and many of his positions have been attributed to Tea Party sentiments that have managed to make their way into mainstream Republican discourse and have posed a considerable challenge to the Obama administration and the remaining Democratic majority in the Senate following the 2010 mid-term elections this past November.
"The Texas congressman's libertarian stands during the 2008 campaign have become the inspiration for much of what the new Republican majority in the House has pushed — and may have proved to be the spark that ignited the tea party," Andy Barr reported in Politico on Monday. "If he does indeed get in, Paul will have a direct claim to the tea party mantel, especially in the absence of a fresh face that excites grassroots conservatives."
However, while Ron Paul was a fresh voice in 2008, complete with a number one book, "The Revolution: A Manifesto," on The New York Times best seller list, he may be joined in 2012 with similar voices in Gary Johnson, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, all of whom hold a variety of Libertarian positions.
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