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#1 Posted on 13.5.11 1439.14
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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was on "Good Morning America" this morning to make his official announcement. George Stephanopoulos blogs:
    Originally posted by George's Bottom Line (blogs.abcnews.com)
    Exclusive - Rep. Ron Paul: 'I Am a Candidate for President'

    May 13, 2011 7:08 AM

    This just in: Ron Paul (abcnews.go.com) makes it official, announcing on " GMA" that he is running for President one more time.

    “I'm officially announcing that I am a candidate for president in the Republican primary,” he said.

    This will be the third time out for Paul. He first ran as a Libertarian in 1988, then 20 years later as a Republican. Now he’s the second Republican this week to formally announce, following on the heels of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    Paul, 75, who tweeted yesterday that he would make a “major announcement” this morning, said he wants to run because “the time is right.”

    “Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years,” he told me.

    But Paul has ground to make-up. In last month’s ABC News/ Washington Post poll only 2% backed him compared to 16% for Mitt Romney and 6% for Mike Huckabee.

    One thing he probably won’t lack: campaign cash. Back in 2008, he surprised the field by raising $5 million in three months (abcnews.go.com).

    The congressman and obstetrician – whose son is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul – is well known for his stance against the Federal Reserve and has taken controversial positions such as legalizing heroine (sic) or recently saying that he would not have ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    Today Paul defended his remarks about the death of bin Laden, telling me it was about the way he was killed, not the fact he was dead.

    “I was talking about the procedure. You know I endorsed the whole idea of going after him. I supported going into Afghanistan. I thought we blew it then. We had him cornered, we let him get lose (sic?) and we then went in and invaded Iraq…So the process has been very bad. So I have no qualms about getting him, I’m delighted he’s gone, but the whole thing is we could have done it differently,” Paul said.

    Paul is worried we won’t be able to repair our relationship with Pakistan.

    “Ignoring the Pakistani government doesn’t help us at all, it looks like we’re trying to be more antagonistic towards the Pakistanis. They have helped us in the past to catch many terrorists,” he told me.

    So why he is running as a Republican if he is at odds with his party on foreign, domestic and social issues?

    “Running as an Independent here is just about impossible unless you’re a billionaire like Ross Perot. You don’t get on debates. If I was an independent George, you would not have me on this program this morning,” he said.

    Instead he told me he’s taking the opportunity to nudge Republicans to “stick to their guns on fiscal conservatism.”

    In 2007 he bet me “every cent” in my pocket that he could win the presidency. Today he told me that winning the GOP nomination is an “absolute possibility.”

    So Paul’s not ready to go double for nothing, but he’s running hard.

    UPDATE: After his announceement on GMA, Paul held his first campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire. Read about it here.

    --George Stephanopoulos
DISCLAIMER: I remain Team Paul
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#2 Posted on 13.5.11 1501.33
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    taken controversial positions such as legalizing heroine


Not a surprise; can't see Paul being in favor of any Superhuman Registration Act.
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#3 Posted on 13.5.11 1548.11
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He will poll better then he usually does to the rather large field and the deficit being one of the top issues. He may even win the GOP nomination, but his foreign policy is rather weak sauce. Even talking about Pakistan being a good ally is not going to endear him to many voters even Republican ones and that is his greatest weakness. If any of other GOP candidates are worth a damn, they will exploit it especially now. I still believe he is a one note candidate with a cult like following, no offense CRZ. Yet, I still give him good odds to win the GOP mainly due almost all the other candidates have big flaws as well.

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#4 Posted on 13.5.11 1641.35
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I thought Herman Cain was the candidate du Jour?
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#5 Posted on 13.5.11 1707.07
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    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
    I thought Herman Cain was the candidate du Jour?


He's for the Fair Tax, so I will vote for him come Primary time.
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#6 Posted on 13.5.11 1856.08
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CRZ: DISCLAIMER: I remain Team Paul

Shame on you. But he is joining a legit party with, as mentioned, a weak field and Donald Trump. Obama has semi-moved back to the middle with killing O and immigration. At the very least Paul will make a spinelss GOP stand up and take notice. Even if HE SOLD OUT HE SOLD OUT HE SOLD OUT

FLEA



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#7 Posted on 13.5.11 2205.21
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    DISCLAIMER: I remain Team Paul


Then where's your Ron Paul baseball card?
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#8 Posted on 14.5.11 2211.34
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He will get destroyed if she runs,

http://www.sarahpac.com/


Just sayin. The only person that can blindside her is Trump.


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#9 Posted on 14.5.11 2316.58
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Ron Paul certainly wasn't hurt tonight by "Mike Huckabee: The Decision" (with special guest cameo by The Donald Trump!)

That's a lot of evangelical primary voters/caucusers who are now officially up for grabs, particularly for the Iowa caucuses and SC primary which tend to shake out most of the field (along with NH and NV).

In Iowa, Paul would probably contend with Pawlenty for that group.. but he may be hurt on gay marriage, I think that's going to be a big issue to that caucus electorate. SC could be easier for him as Gingrich is the regional guy, but Newt has some past personal issues that may turn off the religious right types.

I don't see Palin jumping in, but if Michele Bachmann decides to give it a go - she could be the wildcard here on the evangelical vote.
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#10 Posted on 15.5.11 0014.19
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I take that back on Palin, not sold on her just yet.

http://www.zazzle.com/vote_rick_perry_president_2012_tshirt-235975529569713584

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504365_162-6162391-504365.html

Put these two together on a tix for President/VP and they get all the religious votes especially in the south.
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#11 Posted on 15.5.11 0059.36
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    DISCLAIMER: I remain Team Paul


Not really feeling his whole "I'm not okay with the Civil Rights Act" stance.
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#12 Posted on 15.5.11 0146.32
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    Originally posted by Jaguar
      Originally posted by CRZ
      DISCLAIMER: I remain Team Paul


    Not really feeling his whole "I'm not okay with the Civil Rights Act" stance.
You got me. I'm totally racist.
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#13 Posted on 15.5.11 0431.18
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I knew it!
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#14 Posted on 16.5.11 0700.28
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I would never vote for him but at least he is consistent in his views and I actually agree with some of his stances. a Republican candidate who wants to stay out of our personal lives is refreshing to say the least.
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