Congressman Ron Paul
After months of speculation, Congressman Ron Paul has announced he is running for president in 2012. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

For the third time, Ron Paul is trying for a nomination as a candidate for president. Many consider the obstetrician-turned-politician a highly influential figure among tea party groups and candidates. The 75-year-old Texan ran in 1988 and 2008.

Libertarian-leaning Congressman hopes third time is the charm

Ron Paul is considered a while card among Republican presidential candidates. Paul, 75, is a Representative from Texas with a Libertarian streak that has put him at odds numerous times with Republican orthodoxy. During a recent interview with “Good Morning America,” he announced that he was going to throw his hat in the ring and run for president on the Republican party ticket, according to the Los Angeles Times. It is the third time that Ron Paul has entered the race in some capacity, having run previously in 1988 and 2008.

Godfather to the tea party

Dr. Ron Paul, an obstetrician by trade, is considered a sort of “godfather” to tea party groups and causes. He is jokingly referred to as “Dr. No,” as a dual reference to his unwillingness to vote for any legislation he feels isn’t constitutionally permitted, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Some of the entities he considers unconstitutional include Social Security, Medicare and the Internal Revenue Service. Other positions have put him completely at odds with mainstream conservatives. For instance, he wrote¬† a blog post for CNBC in which he advocates for decriminalizing marijuana. He is also a constant critic of aggressive foreign policy and the military-industrial complex. Paul is notoriously antagonistic to the Federal Reserve, which he wants to get rid of, according to Reuters.

Will be 77 in November 2012

By November 2012, Paul will be be older than the age at which the average American man dies. Currently 75, he will be 77 in November of next year. Still, he feels believes winning the Republican primary is “an absolute possibility many, many times better” than at previous times. Paul is more popular among young people than other contenders such as Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrinch, and he is one of the most capable fundraisers in the field. He raised $35 million for his 2008 presidential bid. He also ran in 1988 as the presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party.

Sources

Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-ron-paul-president-20110513,0,626706.story?track=rss

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/13/us-usa-campaign-paul-idUSTRE74C2XB20110513

CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/36267220/End_Insanity_Of_The_War_on_Drugs_Start_With_Decriminalizing_Marijuana_at_The_Federal_Level

Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2011/0513/Election-101-Ron-Paul-sets-sights-on-2012.-Ten-things-to-know-about-him/Why-is-he-running-again

 

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