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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:54 PM
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Ron Paul likely to enter 2012 race in May
Source: cbs

Libertarian-leaning Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul has formed a so-called "testing the waters" fundraising account ahead of a possible 2012 presidential run, Paul aide Jesse Benton confirmed to CBS News.

According to Benton, Paul "is close to making a final decision and it is better than 50-50 that he will enter the race in May."

A run by Ron Paul would almost surely mean that his son, GOP Sen. Rand Paul, will not seek the presidency. Rand Paul, who shares many political beliefs with Ron Paul, has been considering a run if his father does not seek the nomination.

Benton said that Ron Paul has already raised more than $1.2 million through his political action committee "to help him weigh his political options," adding that "he has the structure in place to hit the ground running if he makes the decision to run next month." Benton is the director of Paul's political action committee, LibertyPAC.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20053958-503544....
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:59 PM
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1. he really needs to run as an independent. Really, he does. Shit, I'll vote for him.
Honest... no bullshit..... really I will..... now run Paul. RUN LIKE THE WIND!!! :evilgrin:
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Ratty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:59 PM
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2. "Libertarian-leaning?"
Isn't he the textbook definition of libertarian?
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:03 PM
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5. Nope. Real libertarians are pro-choice. Not him.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:03 PM
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6. except he's never had the stones to actually leave the GOP
For all the criticism he spews out, Paul has been more than happy to use GOP money, resources and networking to keep his seat...
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:01 PM
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3. I think the 2012 election will be known in the history books as the LoonyToons Election.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:02 PM
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4. What's gonna happen to his Drag Race show on LOGO?
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YDogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:13 PM
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7. LULZ
Raja for VP!
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Iliyah Donating Member (828 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:13 PM
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8. A GOP
circus. All one way or the other have serious issues dealing the public ya'll know the commoners. Right now Romney seems to be more of the sane compared to the rest of the crowd. Nevertheless, the corporate media will promote the nuttiest first.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:39 PM
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9. Now, if we can get RuPaul to run, this will be an interesting
Presidential election. What a show!
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:56 PM
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10. Didn't Meegbear hint at this in the subject of post 4?
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 01:57 PM by JustABozoOnThisBus
just wondering...

:hi:
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:31 PM
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25. Could be. I posted after reading the OP.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 02:32 PM by MineralMan
I'm sure the idea isn't unique.

BTW, I like RuPaul a lot. Great entertainer. RuPaul would make a far better candidate than Ron Paul, to be quite frank.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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11. Ron Paul likely to enter 2012 race in May
Source: CBS

Ron Paul likely to enter 2012 race in May

Libertarian-leaning Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul has formed a so-called "testing the waters" fundraising account ahead of a possible 2012 presidential run, Paul aide Jesse Benton confirmed to CBS News.

According to Benton, Paul "is close to making a final decision and it is better than 50-50 that he will enter the race in May." A run by Ron Paul would almost surely mean that his son, GOP Sen. Rand Paul, will not seek the presidency. Rand Paul, who shares many political beliefs with Ron Paul, has been considering a run if his father does not seek the nomination.

Benton said that Ron Paul has already raised more than $1.2 million through his political action committee "to help him weigh his political options," adding that "he has the structure in place to hit the ground running if he makes the decision to run next month." Benton is the director of Paul's political action committee, LibertyPAC.

Money from Paul's testing the waters account could be transferred into a campaign fund if he decides to move forward with a run. The Texas Republican, who attracted a small but passionate level of support in his 2008 presidential run, has made repeated stops in the key early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months.

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Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20053958-503544....
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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12. Hey, why not? What's a circus parade without at least one full-on clown?`
:rofl:
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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14. Just one?
If only it were just one. The whole GOP field of Presidential hopefuls is filled with full on clowns.

Right now they all seem to be trying to see who can be in the center ring.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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19. My question - how are they going to fit so many candidates into that little car?
:shrug:
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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21. Make it a clown bus.
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 02:02 PM by Mz Pip
Lots of seats in a bus, plenty for even more clowns. Santorum is entering the race, I heard. We need a couple more Southern clowns. Texas and Oklahoma have a few more who might want to sign on.

Maybe the Pauls can make it a family affair. Paul/Paul 2012.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:20 PM
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24. They're going for the record
:-)
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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13. Maybe in this climate, with the vocal Teabagger unhappiness w/the Republicans,
he might be a viable candidate. He sure raked in the money last time. I've no doubt he would have fared much better w/the baggers had the media not written him off.

I like a lot of his approach, but I know WHO he is, so he's not even an option for me.

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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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15. I think you're right - it's a good time for him to step in, with teabagger anger growing again.
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Modern_Matthew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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16. He is spot on about everything except economic issues and abortion. Not saying much. nt
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:46 PM
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27. Paul has the problems all right and the solutions pretty much all wrong
He's like the doctor who correctly diagnoses your appendicitis, but wants to cure it by cutting off your foot.
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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17. Woo Hoo, shatter the GOP establishment into a thousand pieces!
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 01:40 PM by Myrina
Ron Paul, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann ... and whoever the GOP actually nominates ... each getting about 15% of the national vote.

I love it.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:13 PM
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22. I'm salivating at the very thought! Welcome, Candidate Paul! nt
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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18. z-z-z-z-z-z-z
What a, um, thrill...

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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:08 PM
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20. Good to hear
Keep splitting the parties of the GOP. Run Paul Run!
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:15 PM
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23. I'd love to see him win the GOP
for a few reasons.

#1: A very few of his ideas are actually pretty good.
#2: He is not like most typical insider GOP peeps and could really shake up the whole "political process".
#3: During debates he could hopefully expose some of our bullshit policies like the "war on drugs".
#4: Best of all it will show how extreme some/most of his wacky ideas are - and will assure a Dem victory in 2012. :evilgrin:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:48 PM
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28. Doubtful...like in '08 he will be one of the first ones to drop out
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:45 PM
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26. The big difference between Libertarianism and Communism
Is that at least Communism made sense on paper
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:51 PM
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29. Yeeee-haw! It'd be hilarious if he took Iowa.
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