It’s official: Ron Paul is running for president

Not a surprise. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is 75 years old and will be 77 by the time the election comes around in Nov. 2012. Ronald Reagan was almost 70 when he took office. This undertaking – without doubt – needs to be a 10 year commitment for any candidate. How does that sit with you?

It has to be a consideration. Paul would be in his early 80s during a second term.

Anyway … he seems to be in very good shape and is a darling of the CPAC straw poll participants. He announced last night on his website – which currently has a whopping 12 responses to the post – and this morning on Good Morning America.

The RonPaul2012 (.net) website (Paul does link to it, but I’m not sure it’s his) is still asking for people to sign a petition to encourage him to run. The goal was to gather 100,000 signatures and he’s only at 43,221 as of this moment. I guess not-quite-half-way was OK with them.

It looks like the RonPaul2012 (.com) website is up.

Ed Morrissey notes…

Hey, it’s the first time that I can recall that someone announced their bid the day after they effectively killed it.  Insisting that he would have asked the same Pakistani government that won’t cut ties with Mullah Omar and the terrorist network that conducted the Mumbai massacre to, pretty please, arrest Osama bin Laden reduced Paul’s level of seriousness as a candidate to, er, the same level it’s always been.

John Miller at The Cornerclick the link for Paul’s answer.

Somebody should ask Ron Paul whether he voted for John McCain or Barack Obama in 2008.

The Washington Times has a brief review.

What say you?

7 replies
  1. TomL
    TomL says:

    I’m not a Ron Paul fan, but when he says that we should have asked the Pakastani’s to arrest OBL and turn him over to us he’s toast.

  2. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    I’m good with Ron Paul.? He speaks more common sense than anyone else.? So even if he loses his edge a bit, he is still ahead.
    And if he and Allen West (also in the race)?can combine up it will be a STRONG ticket.

  3. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    And another thing –
    The U.S. ?STILL relies heavily on the diplomatic skills of Henry Kissinger.? He will be 88 on May 27th.

  4. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Ron Paul’s Libertarianism makes him an easy target.? His foreign policy would reduce or eliminate all foreign adventuring and garrisons.? He would also secure the borders and reduce Federal regulatory intrusions into business and personal prerogatives.? He’s also past 70 and would work to eliminate the crony capitalism that abounds today.
    Do I think Ron Paul has any chance of being nominated?? Absolutely not, but he will move the debate to examine where America is headed in the 21st century.
    Would I vote for Ron Paul if he were nominated against Barack Obama?? Absolutely.

  5. David R
    David R says:

    I heard two speeches last night on C-Span: Ron’s and Newt’s.?Newt’s strikes me as the same old flag waving, political speech designed to?appeal to emotions as much as intellect. To ramp up the base he manipulated the facts especially regarding foreign policy. As a historian, he probably knows that our foreign policy doesn’t change much regardless of who is president…Our strategic and economic interests always come first. To claim that one president or another has strayed from that basic position is disingenuous. He turned me off the minute he said that 2012 would be the most important election since 1860. That may play in Georgia but it doesn’t play in CT.? Ron, no matter what you think about his ideology, is a breath of fresh air. I was impressed that not once did he mention Obama. I think it is because ?he is running on the strength of his ideas, not because Obama bashing generates applause.? So many others simply wave the flag.. talk about how great the US is, and ?never criticize Republican policy…even when it’s wrong. He’s got the strength of character to tell it how he sees it.? Who else of either party does the same?? I hope he continues to run. He like Ross Perot in an earlier time can positively influence the debate.

  6. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    My new acronym is ABO- Anybody But Obama. However, I do not support Ron Paul for two reasons 1. Too old???? 2. He believes we should bring the troops home now that Usama bin Laden is dead.? We already have a time frame to withdraw from Iraq. But not Afghanistan so I want to hear a little more from the Military before we bring the troops home. Here is my link and there is another link inbedded from The Hill….
    http://libertypulse.com/article/ron-paul-troops-should-come-home-now-that-bin-laden-is-dead/

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