April 27th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Can the third time be a charm for Ron Paul?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, announced Tuesday he's forming a presidential exploratory committee, a possible first step toward officially entering the 2012 race.
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He joins a small pool of not-very-exciting-Republicans who have done the same, including former governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, and Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania.

Other names - Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann - have been thrown around as possible contenders. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has talked a lot about running himself. But according to the polls, voters aren't particularly wowed by any of the possibilities. Paul included.

This is not the first time Ron Paul, a physician, has thought about being president. He won the Libertarian Party nomination in 1988. In 2008, he ran in the Republican primaries but never won more than 10% of the vote. But things could be different this time.

Ron Paul has a small but devoted following and is capable of raising tons of money, a necessity in today's elections. He is an outspoken fiscal conservative, and his main message is smaller government, less spending and less debt. He also doesn't think we should be fighting wars half a world away. He makes a lot of sense. At his announcement Tuesday, Paul said the U.S. has changed a lot in the past four years and that more and more Americans are subscribing to his smaller government, anti-interventionist philosophy. Plus if he's successful, he would be a breath of fresh air compared with the rather disgusting status quo of presidential politics.

Here’s my question to you: Can the third time be a charm for Ron Paul?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Ron Paul
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Balboa from Huntsville, Alabama

    I do not believe that a third time will be a charm for Ron Paul because the American people would have elected them as their President in the past if they really liked who he was and what is is all about.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  2. Larry Feierstein

    Ron Paul, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, jokes for the Republican party. Cant they find one legitimate candidate? What a circus. they all come out of the woodwork for 15 minutes of fame. Paul et al will find a way to shoot themselves in the foot (feet). The worst is yet to come.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  3. Terrence Cain

    As long as Ron Paul keeps stating that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are all unconstitutional and as long as Ron Paul keeps saying he wants to remove those programs and replace them with something that even he doesn't know what to replace them with he will never be president, let alone get the GOP nomination. The man thinks that even the EPA is unconstitutional, and that will just not fly.In other words, Jack, Ron Paul is just too extreme for Americans as a whole.

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX

    April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  4. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    No – he's another fringe candidate like Nader with some very valid concerns and interesting ideas, but far too oddball on other fronts to convince the masses. His presence on any ballot would garner votes that could spoil a valid candidate's chances for success.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |

    Can the third time be a charm for Ron Paul?

    Let's ask Ralph Nader.

    Roseville CA

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  6. Conor in Chicago

    Ron Paul will never be elected President for the same reason Dennis Kusinich will never be elected President: They are threats to The Establishment.

    Do you really think the Federal Reserve, Military Industrial Complex, Wall Street, and foreign investors will allow them to become President? If you do then you probably also think we live in a Democracy.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  7. Jane (Minnesota)

    I doubt it.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  8. Russ in PA

    Yes, third time is the charm, and would be a great win for all of us. We need a true fresh, honest man in the White House. Some consider him to be radical. But how can it be radical to stand for liberty, property rights, non-interventionism, and sound money? Sounds pretty encouraging to me...

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    April 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  9. Russell

    Ron Paul's two prior unsuccessful attempts at the Presidency will have a direct and negative impact on his chances in 2012, both as a candidate for the Republican Party nomination, and as a Presidential candidate. Both Republicans and Democrats do not want a Presidential candidate with a history of failure. If at first you don't succeed, do not try, try again.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Russell

    Ron Paul's two prior unsuccessful attempts at the Presidency will have a direct and negative impact on his chances in 2012, both as a candidate for the Republican Party nomination, and as a Presidential candidate. Both Republicans and Democrats do not want a President with a history of failure. If at first you don't succeed, do not try, try again.


    Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    April 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't think so Jack. Ron Paul has his small group of supporters and that is about it. Paul has been in and out of politics since 1976 with very little successful legislation with his name on it. That's 30 plus years of giving speeches and living off of the tax payers money. I don't see where this qualifies him for anything presidential.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  12. Bill

    I seriously doubt it.

    Bill Portales, NM

    April 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York


    Former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen ran 11 times for the Republican Party nomination for President. Futility is a long road traveled – post this same question again in 2048 and then I'll be impressed.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  14. Kim Smith

    The only thing that would keep me from voting for Ron Paul, is that he is a Republican. If he would just denounce the Republican Party and run as a common sense constitutionalist then he could reach a larger group of voters who can't stomach republican exceptionalism. Unfortunately, our antiquated and high-jacked political system doesn't favor or encourage the best and the brightest, just the corruptable and crimminal.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    If listen carefully all the laughter has stopped on Dr Ron Paul.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Gosh I hope so. We need an adult in the White House (haven’t had one in a decade or so). And I’d just love it if his running mate was Dennis Kucinich. That would be the best team you could hope for. But it makes too much sense so don’t hold your breath. I’d say don’t bet the farm, but we already did that and lost it last time.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Joe R - Houston

    I don't think US voters are collectively smart enough to elect the only potential candidate who's correctly predicted the outcome of every economic fiasco.

    I'm betting our bankruptcy will be insured by the election of more free spending, war-mongering Neo-Cons and Utopian engineers from the Republican and Democrat parties.

    Just like last time.
    And the time before that.
    And that.
    And so forth and so on.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Probably not. Also-rans became also-rans, for a reason. that reason hasn't really changed, in any way. I suspect he will be an also-ran, yet again.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  19. Joe in Missouri

    Only if the voters are crazy.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    No. No matter what he says or does, that look of "crazy" in his eyes is off-putting. And bless his heart, he could be the nicest person alive, but it is what it is.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  21. Greg in Arkansas

    Doubtful, persistency didn't work for Ralph Nader and besides, Ron Paul hasn't done much as a Congressman except talk and offer a lot of views, opinions, unconventional ideas and "fixes" that, as a package deal, will NOT "charm" enough voters to win the election.
    His ideas on legalizing drugs and returning the US to the gold standard label him as the "different" candidate but we need someone that appeals to the middle, is flexible and open to compromise in order to break the partisan gridlock and accomplish something before it is too late.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  22. Scott in Bellingham

    Ron Paul has been getting a huge amount of TV time this year and based on that I have a hunch his campaign, if he runs, can be viable this time. Everybody likes his face and demeanor. His energy is youthful and he doesn't seem sleezy. I, for one, will not vote for a candidate that oozes sleeze. Those candidates know who they are.

    Ron's stuff doesn't even seem radical or without common sense when he says it. He's kind of the original tea party guy. He's a dark horse at this point. I don't think he is damaged goods for not being successful in 2 previous elections, I think many people view him as fresh and exciting.

    Ron can raise $3000 per second. I'm told that's a bunch. That money is coming from young independents. The GOP party and usual candidates mostly lack what Ron Paul has, and may end up with him on their ticket. But if the GOP establishment forces one of their same old same olds into their ticket they could end up combating Ron Paul, with his TV coverage, money and youth support, as a 3rd party candidate.

    There is always a chance for a popular 3rd party nomination to win, and I'd say far more so in 2012 for Ron Paul than any other 3rd party nomination in my 45 years of voting. Ron could earn 33% of the popular vote running as a 3rd party candidate.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Greg

    Sherman, Texas

    No, I do not think he can generate enough support. Although I am not a fan of his, at least he is serious and that should count for something as compared to the clowns like Trump, and Palin who are simply trying to pad their wallets.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  24. Paul From Austin Texas

    Only if all the crazy GOP candidates stay in the race for president till near the end. So far I see none that will not have a problem of some sort with something they either did or said that can throw them out of the race. Ron Paul will have a chance if he just lays back until all the stuff start to fly.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  25. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I admire his honesty but he can't sell it to the American people as he lacks the charisma to convince the voters that he can lead us out of this mess. It is sad to see the way he is treated in debates because he is correct in many of his views.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  26. Carl


    I certainly hope so. We need a true change, not just more words. Something different then these 2 corrupt political parties that exist today.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  27. David in Tampa

    Elect Ron Paul and turn every white collar criminal in this country loose. I learned something since 1994...trust but verify; before we get the second installment of The Great Recession, which is still going for millions of Americans.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  28. Paul P.

    Well enough Tea Partiers got elected last year that its fair to say the climate is certainly as prime as its gonna get for him. Hard to say if he'll get the GOP nod as they have to consider the entire electorate, and the Tea Party is still on shaky ground nationally. If they want to stand on fundamental ideologies, they'll put him in. If they want to win, they likely won't.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  29. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    No way, Jack. He's the only Republican candidate with any credibility or integrity – therefore, he can't possibly win.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  30. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think Ron Paul has some good ideas like ending the wars and bringing home all our troops from around the world. But he is too old and too far the right for an independent voter like me. He is not for the working man when it comes to solving the deficit. He looks out for the wealthy and big business. I don't think he stands a chance to be president.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  31. lou

    Not a chance. From his own web site he says he wants to abolish income tax and the IRS. How would he make up the revenue? He wouldn't even try. In his opinion, the government is too big so he would do away with most of it. He is able to hit the right notes about what people hate in this country...government too big, taxes too high...but his solutions are down right scarey.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  32. Bradley, Portland, OR

    He has a few issues where he makes sense, but mostly he's pretty divorced from reality.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  33. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Dear Uncle Jack,

    Ron Paul has about as much a chance of being elected President as you do dying your hair green, piercing your nose and eyebrows and getting a tattoo of Sarah Palin on your neck.


    April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  34. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Ron paul is the only candidate who is not a corporotist and war monger. He would bring the change to america that obama failed to provide as promised during his election campaign. The only problem is that the voters thanks to the news media and talking heads would not vote for him. Paul is our only hope for an end to the 14 trillion dollar debt, an end to 3 wars and a trillion dollar defense budget, an end to the federal reserve, and end to derivatives gambling market, an end to corporate subsidies, and an end to corporate domination of our politicians which will soon lead to a complete collapse of our government.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  35. Loren, Chicago

    I am tired of both the Democratic demogogues and the Republican demogogues who think that we can continue to treat the people of this country like we have unlimited resources and an unlimited patience with their self-serving idiocy. Our President and Ron Paul prove that you can fool some of the people some of the time. The Tea Party exists because you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  36. Glenn Carlton

    It's a Maybe. I like some of his views some i don't

    April 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  37. Gerry

    Not a chance.! Trump would have a better chance. While Ron Paul has some great ideas like eliminating the IRS as we know it and curtailing Foreign Aid and spending cuts I don't think he attracts the mainstream Republicans and/or the voting public.. That said, this could all change as it has in the pas. Who would have ever thought that we would elect a unknown peanut farmer prior to Jimmy Carter's election? Economics, primarily the deficit and unemployment will elect the next president.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  38. Jamie in St. Louis

    No, He's too honest and is threatening to make deep cuts to bring our fiscal house into order. In case you haven't noticed Jack, Americans don't like it when you threaten to cut some of the things they get from the government.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  39. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Ron Paul is anti-war.

    Despite the Pentagon insisting Congressmen stop wasting money on jet engines they neither want nor need, The Speaker Mr. Boehner lobbied and voted to keep the waste in the budget.

    Anyone is acceptable as long as he/she is acceptable to the military/industrial complex. That's a lot of candidates, but it is not Ron Paul.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  40. Al

    Ron Paul had charm the first two times. His charm and innovative thinking will continue as a bright beacon in our political debates. Votes are another story. So the answer to your question is no.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  41. Gary H. Boyd

    Idealistically, YES, realistically, NO. America's moved too far left to accept his philosphy of hard work, self-determination and economic restraint. Those kinds of qualities went out when government became "big brother" and the answer to everybody's problems. Paul's approach doesn't appeal to those on the public dole.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  42. Alex in Bremerton, WA


    April 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  43. Pam, NYC

    I hope so. While I do not agree with him on all the issues, I believe he is a straight-shooter and has a real understanding of what government is supposed to be.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  44. Sylvia from San Diego

    I surely hope so!!! We need someone in Washington who understand simple economics.....

    April 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  45. Bud Rupert

    Uh, Let me think a minute.....NO

    April 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  46. Ron

    Let us all hope so.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  47. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    NO!!!!!!! My God! He's Rand Paul's father!!! Remember the apple don't fall far from the tree!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  48. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the GOP nominee is probably going to be a "Tea Party Republican," which will draw from Paul's true Libertarian base. I don't think that bodes will for the Congressman.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  49. Joe CE

    Ron Paul has become adicited to running like many before him. He is an example of an incompent politician that has more money than common sense.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  50. Jacob Reichenauer

    I'm very shocked that we're having this discussion, honestly. If the one man who defends the constitution in it's entirety (and obeys it), is un-electable because he's a "radical," then what does that say about our system? "No thanks, we'll take the guy who promises the world so he can get elected, only to let us down." What we need is a leader- not a king. When we voted for Obama, we elected a king. Voting for Ron Paul is more than supporting a politician, it's a decision to take a step toward self-responsibility and self-determination. It will take more than Ron Paul to get this nation turned around. Like he has always said- "we need to change our philosophy of government before we truly affect change."

    April 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  51. David Scott Doherty

    God I hope so! There's nothing that this country needs more than a true republican like Ron Paul. He's the only politician out there that actually governs the way our founding fathers intended. If the media gives him a fair shake this time, he could win and turn this country around before it's too late.

    David from Peterborough, NH.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  52. Patrick, Mays Landing, New Jersey

    I wish Ron Paul stood a chance but realistically do not. I believe Ron Paul would provide the unheard of honest fiscal leadership that is needed to give the United States a chance of avoiding a Great, Great Depression. One of the ways Ron Paul would do this is by actually paying attention to the U.S. Constitution which would include not using our hard-earned tax dollars to fight undeclared wars and endless American involvement in foreign affairs. Maybe more Americans (politicians) should start protecting American sovreignty and start wanting what's best for the U.S. and not the so called (one) world. No, I fear most people will choose another talking head to attempt (until our demise) to perpetuate the status quo.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

    He's probably a decent fellow. However, I saw him during an interview where he looked uninformed.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  54. Dennis north carolina

    No, Paul does not and can not pull enough votes to win. I think he knows this but wants a platform to be heard from on his ideas. plus the cash in the bank helps his agenda.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  55. diridi

    this old coot is day dreaming...no agenda, nothing...o.k, this way you can not be elected to public office...o.k, teach him...

    April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |

    No. His running will only serve to cement Pres. Obaba's bid for reelection. He will split the Independant, Tea Party and republican vote. He will never get the Rep. spot on the ballot.
    This election is shaping up to look like acircus. Thire them song will be, bring on the clowns. METASLWORKER in IL

    April 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  57. terence

    Jack, Try three times and your out is more like it.
    Piscataway, NJ

    April 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  58. Dave in Phoenix

    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate that I will vote for as an Independant. Their party better pray that he is the candidate and not Trump.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  59. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Uh, NO, Jack.

    Ron Paul want's to END the Social Security and MediCare seniors PAID INTO their WHOLE WORKING LIVES. just the THOUGHT of that has seniors rioting at the "town hall" meetings of Republican congess people that voted for "The Ryan Plan". you think ANY of those seniors would VOTE for Ron Paul?

    Lyndon LaRouche has a better chance.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  60. Lori - PA


    If Ron Paul is serious about his message, and isn't just blowing smoke, then I would consider voting for him. Just, please, please, please, Ron Paul, don't choose Sarah Palin as your Vice-Presidential candidate. That will, for me, take you out of the running.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  61. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Ron Paul has a lot of sensible thoughts on changes we should be making, and then, as with most in his position, he suddenly heads of the deep end just as he has me believing. I think his biggest problem within the Republican party is that he's not "flashy", "Madison Ave." enough for them. It seems as though you have to be a carnival act to get their full-party endorsement(how sad). We'll see, but I wouldn't go betting the farm he'll win. The other thing to remember is that even with getting elected as President, you still have to deal with Congress. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  62. Bill in PA



    Ron Paul, nor Trump have been chosen by the corporate-billionarie owners of the U. S. political system. The owners have not yet revved up their propoganda system. They are concentrating now on the fantasy that there could be a choice, Yeh – Right. Way right.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  63. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Go away Paul and save your money. You are not gonna win.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  64. honest John in Vermont

    He is certainly much better presidential timber than the rest of the GOP carnival show which will be running. He is the only one with a good dose of integrity but he won't win over the crazies, which now dominate the GOP.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  65. John MacDaniel, Huntsville AL


    This is NOT the year of the 'publicans', especially since they can not get their own house in order.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  66. Firedog51

    Well for the 3rd time he can lose big.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  67. bill

    Heh, the only reason I might consider voting for him is his stance on MJ, But his stances are a bit on the xtrem side and no High is worth wreaking the country for.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  68. Steven

    Ron Paul will have a hard time surviving the Republican Primaries. His Foreign Policy makes too much sense for the Chest Thumping, Braggadocio Policies of the Republican Party. During the 2008 election debates, Rudy Giuliani and others were laughing at his statement that US troops in Saudi Arabia and Foreign Policy blowbacks were motivating the 9/11 terrorists.
    Also his domestic policy prescriptions like ending the Federal Reserve may not play well with Wall Street.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  69. steve kevlin,,,, puyallup wa.

    Why not? He isnt as pretty as palin but a heck of alot smarter.. that ought to be enough.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  70. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Ron Paul is an avuncular, charming and seemingly logical man whose simplistic solutions appear to be convincing. But his short-sighted, candy-coated ideas have no place in the complex, interconnected business of running the the most important country on earth. He envisions an isolated America disconnected with the real world and based on fantasy. If you ask me, he's been reading too many fairy tales and would be more accomplished writing books for children. He doesn't have the sophistication or vision to keep this country one step ahead of the world. Charming but alarming.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  71. Brian from Texas

    I'm a big Obama supporter, but I also find Ron Paul appealing. Like Obama, he doesn't hold that wreckless cowboy foreign policy strategy that Republicans seem to support.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  72. Bill, Bloomington Il

    This will be the first time I will vote for Ron Paul. He may have a chance this time.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  73. RG

    The first SANE republican candidate, Paul could capture a lot if independent voters.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  74. Lilli

    Simply put–no.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  75. James Weaver

    The election will have everything to do with the economy. If Americans wake up to higher inflation and become aware of what the Federal Reserve is doing to cause it, Ron Paul could win.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  76. john in cal

    No. he doesn't have any charm. He's not hansom. He doesn't have any really new Ideas, just rehash the old ones. So he's not going any where past the same old 10%.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  77. AB

    Jack, the third time for Ron Paul will be a bust!! This guy's domestic policies are unrealistic, foolish and destructive. He wants to abolish certain federal agencies such as Education, EPA, EOC and others. Paul will end up weakening our government and ultimately the country if he is elected. The American public has seen through him and will not vote for him.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  78. Leslie

    Even if Paul could win, and that's a big if, the system and the job itself will warp him. They all going in as a breath of fresh air and look to reform. None of them do. They all play the same silly politics game...Reagan, Clinton, The Bushes, Obama, everybody! The real problem is the party system. It prevents honest dialogue and consensus building. George Washington was right! Re read his farewell adress.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  79. Brandon - Cedar Rapids, IA

    Ron Paul put it perfectly yesterday. He told us all exactly why he's THE candidate for 2012.

    Since 2008, millions of people have woken up to his positions, and many have been co-opted by the Tea Party and GOP in general.

    Since 2008, millions of young people who voted for Obama have realized that the messenger of "Change" was really a messenger of the status quo.

    Between those people who are now making fiscal policy, monetary policy, and foreign policy their biggest issues (and disagreeing with our President) Ron Paul picks them all up.

    If Ron Paul is the GOP candidate, he will win.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  80. BJ Blinston

    Depends, will CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX & NPR back him?

    April 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  81. Edward


    April 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  82. Rose

    I think Ron Paul will win this time. Why? Because the government has become bigger than the people it is supposed to serve and protect. Instead of the people, for the people and by the people, it is now...What is in it for me mentality that rages through the government house doors.

    Not one of these politicians will stand up and be accountable for these horrible days of stolen freedoms from the people all in the name of protection?

    Another one of the worst case scenerios just happened again...Grown adults are denied enjoying an evening in their own home playing cards.

    I mean..Playing POKER is not a CRIME but the DOJ made it one on Friday the 15th of April all in the name of protection once again!.

    The last stolen freedonms happened when Frist snuck into a must pass bill in the middle of the night without any vote and it passed in 2006..What law was that? It was the UIGEA. Once again, the freedoms of grown adults are being stolen..one by one , all in the name of the people?? I do not think so..

    It is time for a BIG CHANGE. When the government refuses to hear the voices of the people and do what they darn well please..all without any kind of vote..or ignoring the voters choices and going against what the people want..Big changes are needed..

    Not one of these politicians are working for the people...not one..It is time for the people to be HEARD! I do not need a nanny to monitor my activities in my own home!!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  83. Stephen


    April 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  84. John from PA

    Ron Paul makes a good point every now and then, but generally has 18th century solutions to 21st century problems.

    I don't think he'll do much better than he did in 2008. On the other hand, Gary Johnson (former gov. of NM) might have more appeal to some of those who backed Rep. Paul in the past.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  85. Murtaza

    I'm a democrat, but I would change my party affiliation and vote for Ron Paul in the primaries and the presidential race.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  86. Aisha

    I am a democrat but would definitely vote for Ron Paul. I have researched his comments about the federal reserve and other policies and he makes sense. He is realistic and I believe that resonates with people. He never appears as though political groups have their hands in his pocket. His reactions appear real and not rehearsed. I find him to be genuine and really care for the state of America.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  87. LYNN

    He and the rest of the retreads need to give it up...

    April 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  88. swschrad

    frankly, no: Ron Paul sparks ideas, but won't get to implement them from 1600 Pennsylvania. most Americans support government as a last resort to falling into a dank pit of 1800s robber barons, rife poverty, and swashbuckling frontiersmen fighting grizzlies and 12-foot snowstorms in a mud hut. and Ron Paul's chainsaw editing of government programs won't preserve any safety nets.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  89. Jay Goggin

    He's the only person on the right side of the aisle I'd even consider voting for.

    NYC, New York

    April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  90. Juan Carlos de Burbon

    I think he'd be a breath of fresh air. No nonsense and you know where he stands.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  91. Douglas W. Hanks

    Ron Paul is an anti-establishment candidate who I envision bringing actual change that will benefit the American people, not special interest groups. The man gives concrete solutions, not Hope and Change rhetoric that holds no substance. This is a man who will actually DO what he says he will do, so unlike many of the politicians who infest Washington; including the POTUS.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  92. Tim Utz

    In 2008 Ron Paul inspired me to run for Minnesota House and he endorsed my campaign then. I only ran a 3 month campaign but ran again in 2010 and gained 40% in a DFL dominated district. The principles of Constitutional Representative Republic were and continue being my campaign foundation. Having the same message in 2012 we anticipate a win with the motto of "Fidelity to the Constitution" and "Restoring the Republic". Thank You Ron Paul for taking the steps for a presidential campaign un 2012 and good luck at the debate on May 5th, 2011.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  93. Joe

    Another side show distraction for the USA.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    How many more do nothing presidents can this country take before it goes belly up? Maybe it will be a charm for Ron Paul but i think it will be a bomb for the US.
    Our country is getting weaker by the day.
    My crystal ball shows the fall of the mighty Roman empire all over again.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  95. CoDD

    The only man that has even a clue about the mechanics of running the country. Means what he says and says what he means.

    A Christian but has made it very clear he has no interest in bringing it into politics nor shoving an agenda down one's throat. A very respectible and honorable man.

    Something of the likes we have not seen in the whitehouse yet.

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  96. glenn

    Remember that the legislative branch writes the law and until there is an enema administered to the House and the Senate ain't nothin' gonna change.....

    April 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  97. Brad

    He's a very wise man, and he deserves a shot in turning the country around for the better. He's great at keeping things both simple and realistic, which is what is badly needed for this country right now. If you genuinely want to turn the economy around and revive the country, then vote for Mr. Paul.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  98. Joseph Diehl

    A day late and a buck short.
    Translation Republicans had their chance to nominate and win with Paul and choose not to. Now sit back and enjoy Obama's repeat.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  99. Richard Latker

    I probably would not vote for him, but I sure do welcome his participation. Candidates with that kind of integrity and intellectual honesty don't come along very often. From my point of view, he comes down on the wrong side of too many issues. But at least he does so in a straightforward, principled manner.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  100. abby

    I lived in Texas and say: Ron who?
    He's an anachronism....

    April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  101. Laura

    Ron Paul is the only person in government that sees that the Fed has no business being a part of our government, he is the only person who has the courage to stand up against the Fed and call for it to dissolve; he is the only person who knows that the Fed has a conflict of interest in America; he is the only person who states that the constitution states that our currency should be based on Gold and Silver; he is the only person who stands up for what the constitution stands for and should be upheld by all those who have sworn an oath to live by it and vote by it's content; I respect Ron Paul above everyone in Government today, I fear who is the only one who understands what the constitution means and why they are there at all. If our Government continues on it's current path, I think we will see civil unrest much like that in Libya and other countries in the Middle East. We need our freedom from Government Rule. This country is a democracy in name only.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  102. Travis B.

    Yes! third time could be the charm. If the media gives him the deserved exposure and respect like we are seeing more and more. Look at Abraham Lincoln's list of political misses, he hung in there and his time finally came. The people are ready more than ever for Ron Paul's message of Liberty.

    Thanks Jack!

    Writing from Irvine, CA

    April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  103. Randy

    I thought Ron Paul was a nut-job 4 years ago but compared to Trump, he seems like a breath of fresh air – not hot air!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  104. Sam in North Carolina

    More likely it will be 3 strikes and you're out.

    C'mon, Republicans, the definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting better results. You've got to come up with a better product offering.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  105. Kate in San Jose

    It depends on the details, Jack. I'm all for smaller government, but what are Ron Paul's plans to achieve that? It isn't as simple as it sounds. Federal government bureaucracy is a convoluted mega-monster. Where do you start? How do you deal with the resulting unemployment? Especially if you bring all our troops home (another idea I favor), and they are also in need of jobs? I would like to see a plan that doesn't lead to chaos and more financial hardship for the average American.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  106. colin


    Ron Paul has a legitimate chance this go-round. The difference between Ron Paul and most of the other GOP candidates, even those supposedly approved of by the tea party, is that Mr. Paul genuinely believes in small government and fiscal conservation. He is as willing to make cuts in the military as he is cuts to entitlements unlike many of his peers in the GOP. His strategy is perfectly logical and consistent – no Republican or Democrat for that matter can offer anything similar.


    April 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  107. andyz Lynn, MA

    Why does anyone take this guy seriously. Get him out of politics and have him go practice medicine. I wouldn't vote for him if he were the only one on the ballot. I don't care if it's Ron Paul or RuPaul they won't get my vote. If you don't want to vote for Ron, then there's always The Donald. Where do they come from?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  108. John Blythe

    Absolutely! I think Ron Paul can at least garner far more attention this time, than he did in 2008. He understands economics and understands the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution, two key issues that most people in Washington ignore all together. I was tired of Bush and I'm already tired of Obama and this do-nothing Congress. If Congressman Paul runs, he would indeed be a bit of fresh air. The U.S. has been deteriorating at an accelerated basis for years, and there isn't any more time, resources or will necessary to help President Obama make the changes to prevent this country from going bankrupt. He's demonstrated that he is an ineffective leader with lack of support of American law and our Constitution and transparency with the American people. Ron Paul, I think would abide by those principals!

    – John
    Lake Isabella, California

    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  109. Matt


    Nobody who has run and failed, much less twice, will ever win. It's the way America works. Once you're branded as incapable of winning (think Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich), you are simply an upset to your own party or the one closest to you. It will never happen.


    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  110. Bill

    Ron Paul has as much chance to be the GOP nominee in 2012 as he had in 2008 - ZERO.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  111. Steve

    Ron Paul would not be able to make the kind of sweeping changes to government that he speaks of – which is good. But – he would try which is also good. I'm an independent. Fiscally conservative, socially progressive. He is the only one in the current list of possibles that I could vote for over President Obama.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  112. Johnnie Merritt

    This country has been corrupted by all the major parties. Just look at your congressional districts, they look like inkblots. In addition, when the Supreme Court allowed private developers to take away family homes so that the municipality could get more tax revenue, we should have remembered what Shakespeare said about lawyers and reminded the courts. We need more than just a Ron Paul for president, we need like minded, ethical & honorable men and women in our legislatures and courts. Best of luck to you Ron, our country needs you.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  113. phred

    No one who denies evolution has a place in the White House.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  114. xsacml

    Could this simply be to save the family the embarassment of his son running?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  115. Charlie in Maine

    He is my favorite Republican beacause of his stance on Bush's idiotic invaison of Iraq.

    He has taken some far out stands, but I do respect him. I will vote for Obama thank you. But I would feel better about the GOP if they had the brains to nominate Ron Paul.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  116. Anand

    I will vote for him. A fiscal conservative, smaller government, less spending (including, not going to expensive wars), and less debt! Sounds like a winner. Not clear about his Global Trade policiies and views...but, if he is supportive of this too, we got a winner! Folks, let's do it!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  117. Joe in Colorado

    I'll start by saying that Republicans and Democrats alike are the problem. These two parties threw their lots in together long ago, and have a good thing going– they always WIN. They put on a big show of "good cop vs. bad cop" and the American people eat it up hook, line, and sinker.

    I got caught up in the "Change" crap promoted by Obama and voted for him, but as usual it doesn't matter if Democrats or Republicans are in charge– nothing ever changes. At this point, Ron Paul is about the only candidate from either of those two parties that I would even think about voting for.

    I get really upset at the notion that the reason we need higher taxes and that our country is in trouble is because we Americans don't know how to curb our spending– that we want all these social services but low taxes. No, what we want is for our country to stay out of every other country's business and take care of our own back yard for a while.

    This place could be an absolute paradise if we'd work on improving ourselves and say to hell with the rest of the world for a while. I don't think the Republicans & Democrats, and their banker and military masters will allow that, however. Paul is the only guy I could see doing anything about it– the question is, does the President really have any power?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  118. Gigi Oregon

    In this unruly and rogue government the US has became with corporate America pulling the puppet strings of the government is there really any worthy candidate out there.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  119. Steve

    Ron Paul is a candidate that has all the knowledge, philosophy, and principles that people want in a president, however he is overshadowed by candidates with more "flair" or those that make the most noise. Thankfully, Ron Paul has a strong following from all walks of life that see him as a person who is on the correct side of the constitutionality of our politial system. He has a firm grasp on how the Constitution was written and how it should be interpreted from issues like fiscal responsibility, foreign policy, and civil liberty. What's interesting about hearing his views in debates or on the news is that they are not new ideas. They are ideas that mirror those of the Founders and ones to which all Americans agree. Our current political system and the two dominant parties have strayed so far from the intentions of this country during its inception that Ron Paul sounds like a breath of fresh air, when rather he is championing the Constitution and the true liberty to which we should adhere. Just look back to the republican debates in 2008 and you will see how stumped the other candidates were when Ron Paul responds and you will see how solid constitutional principles and a voting record to back it up made other candidates look rediculous.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  120. Greg

    He has some good ideas; meanwhile, the Republican party is in disarray, so he could have as good a chance as anyone else out there...

    Greg from Lexington, VA

    April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  121. Dave Higgins

    I'm completely behind Ron Paul. The unsustainable Ponzi Schemes known as Social Security, Medicare, and public labor unions need to be abolished in favor of private options. Why pay the governmental or union middleman to do something I can do much better on my own!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  122. dawn38

    Many republicans are out exploring this year. When push comes to shove they don't stand a chance against the President. They showed their colors in Wisconsin, & then it snowballed on them. Wanting to do away with medicare & privatize SS will be their downfall. We now have their number & it's not pretty.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  123. Bill McIntyre

    Ths US is at a crossroads. As a country we can choose to change the direction we are heading or we can allow the FED, a private company, to continue to massively dilute the US Dollar money supply printing dollars out of thin air in cahoots with the US treasury. We need to start somewhere! A President with a balanced buget and a plan is a good start. Heck no other candidate will even talk about cutting Social Security and other benefits. Some of the medicine will be unpopular. Look around, only Iceland who took their medicine has a rebounding economy. The US needs to do the same. Beware HyperInflation in 2014.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Ron

    I don't agree with a lot of his positions, but there's a stink of the same-old, same-old about the rest of the candidates, including Obama himself.

    I believe, however, that Obama took office really believing that he could make some big changes, but the momentum of the beast that is the Washington/Corporate establishment has grown powerful. If Ron Paul were to win, I think we'd see the same sort of thing.

    Still, it is an intriguing prospect....

    April 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  125. zazu

    Listen, people like him because he is the only sincere and honest republican (not even his son is) may be next to Lugar. However, his politics is his religion. He named his son, after Ayn Rand. And he worships her ideas of selfish capitalism (oxymoron, I know). However, his is an extreme. His views are unexamined because it is on the periphery but any one who knows anything about history, knows that his philosophy is bankrupt. Ask one who knows about what led to the Depression in the late 1920's.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  126. David Snyder, New York, NY

    Well, nearly every Republican I know is supporting Ron Paul. If one opposes foreign intervention, the Income Tax, corporate welfare, the War on Drugs, the Patriot Act, and massive government spending/debt, Paul is the only choice.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  127. Daniel

    Paul has a strong following because of his call for fiscal responsibility and smaller government. He loses supporters on his foreign policy agenda. This is because he does not have one. He believes the US should be totally uninvolved in foreign affairs, even if it coincides with US interests, which they often do.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  128. Bill McIntyre

    Ths US is at a crossroads. As a country we can choose to change the direction we are heading or we can allow the FED, a private company, to continue to massively dilute the US Dollar money supply printing dollars out of thin air in cahoots with the US treasury. We need to start somewhere! A President with a balanced budget and a plan is a good start. Heck no other candidate will even talk about cutting Social Security and other benefits. Some of the medicine will be unpopular. Look around, only Iceland who took their medicine has a rebounding economy. The US needs to do the same. Beware HyperInflation in 2014.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  129. Sal

    Any working person, any union member, and any of the middle class people who vote for a republican is stupid and they are voting against themselves!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  130. safari

    No. Ron Paul is TOO radical. His views are his own. He will be a 3 time loser!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  131. ron eubanks

    Probably not. But unless someone other than the current roster of GOP candidates emerges, Christie for example, Obama will likely be re-elected. Probable nominee Mitt Romney is Thomas E Dewey and the rest of the field are uninspiring and well, boring.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  132. Jeremy G

    Some people call his ideas too extreme for Americans.

    I say, do you not think these are extreme times?

    Do they not call for extreme measures?

    Or would you preffer the same results?

    Just saying...

    April 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  133. April, Iowa

    No I don't believe so. Ron Paul is never going to be elected, it's just plain and simple. It's like the old saying goes. It's one, two, three strikes your out.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Rich in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Hi Jack
    While he is ok on ending some foreign involvements, he is kind of out of step on social issues. I also do not think most people in the US would agree with his extreme views on cutting just about everything, from Social Security to Medicare. Do not forget his anti-abortion and rather homophobic stances as well. NO!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  135. Robb

    He's starting to look more like Pat Paulson every day. He's unelectable in the middle – the Independents won't vote for him. He's just too out there for the mainstream American.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  136. Ralph Spyer

    Ron Paul ask the Federal Reserve to open their books, he speaks out against all our involvement in the middle east, WARS, foreign aid, and the CIA and big oil picking who should run what country. With Obama pick of a man life Daley there is no hope for change. I only hope Paul can raise the money he will need. they all will be going after him

    April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Ben

    I don't think Paul has a chance, but I kind of wish he did. While I may rarely agree with him, I do respect him, which is more then I can say for most of the other potential candidates. Too many candidates are willing to say whatever they believe the voters want to hear, whether they themselves believe in what they are saying or not. Paul says what he believes the voters need to hear, whether the voters will agree with him or not. His attitude is correct, I just don't think his ideas are.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Rick

    I truly believe that Dr. Paul won the last election, at least in termsof ideas. No, he didn't win the GOP nomination, but doesn't it seem like his ideas are winning the day?

    He will be a winner again no matter how the votes add up.

    A humble man with powerful ideas. You all should listen.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  139. George Russell

    If he was running as an independent I'd be all for him. There are only two reasons this country is in the shape it's in. One is the Republicans and the other is the Democrats. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is true then why bother voting for either Republican or Democrat? If just once everyone voted third party maybe then the big two would go back to work for the people. I challenge everyone to vote a third party ticket and lets affect some change!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. ben stockton, calif

    i`m a democrat but if came to shove, i would take serious look at ron paul. i don`t really know what his platform is but he has to be better than some of the gop candidates that preach family values then go out and have affairs. [newt?] i would bet until we are more informed that he is probably squeaky clean in that department. lets put him on the pedestal and let him spell out some of his ideas. pro or con.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  141. Karl in Flint

    Ron Paul always has been and will continue to be interesting, but not electable. He, like most politicians, can tell you wants wrong, but not how to fix it.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  142. LiveFree88

    Third time was a charm fro Ronald Reagan. Maybe for this Ron also. He has my vote.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  143. jay1975

    Unfortunately, there are too many establishment/party hacks to ever support someone (from either end of the political spectrum) who truely is on the side of liberty. Just look at the comments here today and you will see the type of foaming at the mouth, raging establishment suckers that will degrade anyone who doesn't follow their particular party's line to the letter. Independent thought is not appreciated among the affiliated voters.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Rodney Campbell

    Jack, its unfortunate but I think Tavis may be correct. I am stunned at how many Tea party and Republicans think that our President was not born in the USA. As a young 30 something African American, it scares me to see people act like this but redoubles my efforts to get President Obama re-elected!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Ken in NC

    He appears to be consistant and if the past is any indicator of the future he will remain consistant. It will be 3 up and 3 down for Mr.Paul

    April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  146. Richard Miller

    Jack, you are starting to sound more like Lou Dobbs...What happened to your sense of humor?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Ron Main

    I voted for Paul in 2008, I had to write him in but thought he was by far the most honest and straight forward candidate. The problem is he tells it like it is and people don't like that. People like to be told they are going to be given the world and all sorts of lies that can never be fulfilled.

    If he runs again I will vote for him again because he is for everything we need and for nothing we don't. I want an honest open government much the way it was back in the early days of our country when we had the respect and adoration of all the World and our citizens could earn an honest living. Isn't that what you all want????

    April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    No. I do not disagree with him but he is too radical for some folks. We need a "reasonable" candidate to bring ALL non socialist people together. Most people live their lives in a conservative manner but middle of the road. That is what will defeat Obama

    April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  149. CoaCoac1

    This is HISTORIC because I have never seen so many REPUBLICANS run against one DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, why do they think this is there chance to get in to office? is it because maybe he's BLACK, wow this is remarkable and they think he don't have a nother chance

    April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  150. ann perry

    I hope he never make it.Another mean and stupid man.He and his son both are just plain weird.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  151. Peg in NY

    I think his ship has sailed. Someone new, exciting and inclusive is what is needed, no matter what Party is involved.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  152. John Sanders

    Ron has my vote. If you understand anything about what's really going on behind the scenes, you will ignore the other puppets. If not, enjoy living in what will be considered the new second world.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  153. Chase

    Not a chance. He has some nice ideas, and is by far my favorite republican, but not a chance. People are going to pick Romney because he offers the GOP a shot at the White House. In the end, Ron Paul will end up not getting very far... which is too bad.

    Romney/Paul 2012?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  154. Kendall from Ohio

    Ron Paul can win if we all voted for him. He is the only one that makes any sense. He was supported to end the war, fed, and to stop all the unconstitutional laws, I do not support him on education but I strongly support him. I will be voting for him in the primary and hopefully the 2012 president election.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  155. Marie MD

    Yeah, sure jack. You and the pauls (father and son) can keep on dreaming. mccain (who was born in Panama) was too old at 72. You really think 75 is going to work?
    Who is going to run with him his son??? Please!!! Get real.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  156. Michael Armstrong Sr. Sherman Tx.

    No .

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  157. Sean

    Probably not. I wrote him in back in '08 and will again in '12, but the majority of Americans don't seem to realize how much trouble this country is in. Besides, he's honest

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  158. EricHoffer

    Ron Paul is the only decent shot we have at getting a fiscally responsible president. What other Republican is talking about bringing our troops home and not policing all the other counties of the world? We subsidize almost every military budget on the planet! We need Ron Paul to be President to bring transparency to the Fed and get our economy back on the right track.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  159. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If the third time is going to be a charm for Ron Paul when the other two weren't, he's got a lot of charming to do.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  160. Bethany-Owensboro,Ky

    I would consider voting for him. Most people consider him a radical but he does have great ideas for change. Just don't want to be let down with all talk and no action like we are used to. I agree with a lot of his ideas and don't have any hope for the other potential candidates. I am ready for change no matter how "extreme" the American people deem it.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  161. Alex Golden

    Let's hope third time's the charm for the people of the United States. If Paul gets elected, it'll be a win for everyone – not him. I think we've forgotten what it's like to have a President work for us. Paul would be a great reminder.

    Alex Golden
    Orange County, California

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  162. Don

    Ron Paul is 75 years old. Do I think he stands a chance? No. If somebody wants a new candidate, it has to be someone who is successfully forceful, with new ideas and not just a new slant on a 250 year old idea.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  163. phyllis

    I don't think he can win, but you never know about these things, he makes a lot of sense, but that never got any one elected.

    I am a democrat, I voted for our President, and will vote for him again.
    I only wish we could get us out of these wars, we find ourselves in, they only drag us down. I do feel for these poor people, who are living in these war torn places.

    If I knew for sure Mr. Paul could do what he say he could do, I would vote for him. peace out..

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  164. Jared

    He doesn't stand a chance. His ideas are too far out there. While I do support many of his ideas he wants to change too many things. Americans resist change, especially when it doesn't come with instant gratification.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  165. Judy

    I certainly hope not! He is dangerous and falls far short of the worst qualifications for foreign policy. Like it or not, you simply cannot ignore the world events. I can't imagine what would have happened had we not gotten involved when Hitler was trying to take over the world. God forbid.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  166. Scott Stodden

    I'll Say It Now He Will Probably Be In The Republican Primary But He Won't Win The Republican Primary At All He Has No Chance And Half The Time He Doesn't Have A Clue Or Make Sense As To What He's Saying! Im Telling You The Republican To Run Against President Obama Will Either Be Mitt Romney Or Donald Trump!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  167. Joe from Ohio

    All I know is I'm going to be bombarded by Ron Paul fans for the next year. I'm not exactly thrilled by that.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  168. John B

    No. Ron Paul, while on the correct side of so many issues, has no base. No matter what "smaller government" voters say, they want the government services that positively impact their lives. They just want someone else to pay for them. Ron just doesn't pander well to these people. On the other hand, "safety net" voters are afraid he'd cut too much, leaving poor people out in the cold. Ron just can't show that he feels their pain like other politicians. Ron also loses those who would agree with his fiscal positions but think freedom can be limited to fit the constraints of their values. Most of all Ron just can't lie or be evasive about his views like other politicians! I like Ron. I'd like to vote for him. He's just not electable.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  169. Andrei

    The second time WAS a charm, and so will this time. It was a charm in the sense that he educated and woke up a lot of people (myself included). His 2008 bid started a real brush fire that will soon sweep the nation. Whether he actually wins the primary or the presidency in 2012 makes little difference. A people who are properly educated about the way the economy works and about the ponzi scheme of the central banking system WILL vote in people who think alike, and WILL start running for office themselves all over the country.

    This is the real aim of Ron Paul's candidacy, and it will be achieved in 2012 with at least ten times more success than last time around. The position of POTUS means next to nothing compared to the educational effect on the people as a whole.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  170. Donald in New Mexico

    I like Ron Paul shaking up debate. He brings up interesting points. Most of his Libertarian philosophy is too radical for the majority of people. He is a charm every time he joins the debate. I like that he is serious and has a consistent position. Got to love it, but won't vote for it.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  171. Pete in Georgia

    Please.......................I'm sure Mr. Paul is a nice person, etc. but he is about as "Presidential" as Peewee Herman.
    We need a strong, firm, LEADER.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  172. John


    I sure hope so!

    Ron Paul has some pretty extreme ideas but at least he has ideas.

    People are tired of politics as usual and Ron Paul brings something different to the table. He has been in Washington DC for a long time and it hasn't changed him like it changed President Obama. He went from good ideas to politics as usual.

    Right now, Ron Paul will get my vote but sadly the two parties will not allow him to get power. They are afraid of him.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  173. Tiffany

    I pray Ron Paul wins this time around. I voted for him last time as a write in and would love to see his idea of what America could and should be come to life. We NEED him if we don't want our country to fail miserably. Our children and our children's children need us as a whole to step up and elect a man who stands for freedom and liberty not all the hot air, smoke and mirrors we have seen in the past. Ron Paul is the "Change" we need!

    Milwaukie Oregon

    April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  174. Hoffer

    The odds are definitely stacked against him, but given all the circumstances he has a great amount of momentum behind him. He always frames the debate with important issues and seems to be well ahead of the curve than the rest of the politicians. His ability to receive the Republican nomination will be the great challenge. Much of the base still holds on dearly to the notion of military spending and policing the world.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  175. Native American

    Nope. The good thing about him is, he's very honest about what his ideas are (except for calling himself a Republican instead of an independent). The bad thing about him is, his ideas are way too unrealistic for him to ever get past where he is now.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  176. Michael

    I wish.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  177. Tim in Texas

    Ron Paul is not a 'fiscal conservative'. Ron Paul is a believer in a completely laissez faire capitalism. A completely free-market capitalism is, of course, completely unworkable and disastrous – which is why we have things like child labor laws, regulatory agencies, anti-discrimination laws and the like. What is more, a completely free market will always result in the vast majority of the wealth held in the hands of a very few, with a huge lower class. This is particularly detrimental to the democratic process. Paul is not a fiscal conservative – he is a fiscal nightmare.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  178. Mike

    Hopefully the third time will be a charm for us and he will give up politics and drag his son with him.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  179. Phil from Corpus Christi

    Rather than "third time's a charm", this will probably be "third strike and you're out". Daydreaming about a third party candidate is nice, but I don't see it happening any time soon. Both major parties will have to fragment as the GOP is doing now. But then again–I never thought I would see an African-American president in my lifetime.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  180. Michael Roepke

    I think that most would agree that Ron Paul will neither win the Republican nomination nor win the Presidency, but perhaps his entry once again can get all these Budget Hawks to take a look at our Military budget which is over 600 Billion each year and growing.

    Like the joke about the broken clock, even Ron Paul can be right twice a day.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  181. MP

    The American people often forget that we are electing the party and not the person. Obama or Clinton and you get a Democrat. Huckabee or Romney and you get a Republican. The time has never been more right to consider the Libertarian party as a legitimate alternative.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  182. paul

    The voting public are always sceptical of someone running for president again. Most get one chance and that's it. He is running for a thrid time and that is worse. I will say that I agree with some of the things he says and "bam" he says something so off the wall that it's crazy time. Wait until the "Donald" takes him to task for his bad grades or not carrying his birth certificate with him. Was Texas a state when he was born??? Bring in the clowns when Trump goes after him.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  183. George

    Go for it Ron Paul. The republican party needs as many people representing them as possible. That way they can all split the vote and Obama can win again. Maybe this time you will listen to him because we never got what he promised us do to dried out republican concepts and ideas that would have been great in the 50's but not now.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  184. Maury Strahl

    Conner hit it on the head. He can win because us voters are fed up with what we have had to swallow for far too long. Obama thinks we need to spend ourselves out of poverty. That shows what he know about economics and the election will be all about money.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  185. nick2

    He is an intelligent man with an almost religious view of the Constitution.
    A asset in any intelligent debate – as an opposition spokesman but too much in awe of a 200 year old document. The Constitution was a great starting point for a working democracy, but it is not the blueprint for life everlasting which make his views seem sometimes hopelessly out of touch with 21st Century reality.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  186. Mr. D

    I don't see much out there that would be better than him. But I do think that the republicians need to keep digging into the pot to find a likely canidate that can give Obama a run for his money. Is there anything in the pot? Let's stir it and see if anything bubbles up to the top.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  187. Luke from Los Angeles

    I don't expect Dr. Paul to win, but he has stated that winning isn't his primary goal. Rather, he considers winning the presidency a risk, albeit one he is prepared to handle. His primary goal is to spread his message of liberty and to inspire those who can carry it forward after he is gone. In that sense, even if he does not win the presidency per se, his campaign can still be hugely successful.

    Will he become president? Probably not. Will he be successful in spreading his message? I expect – and hope – that yes, he will.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  188. Doug

    The American public doesn't know what it wants. They pretty much want the status quo with SS medicare and medicaid, yet want to balance a budget and pay off our national debt without adding new taxes.

    So. no–Ron Paul doesn't stand a chance.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  189. Milbert Krohn

    Fiscal responsibility and keep Uncle Sam out of my personal life. What's not to like? Remember, Ron ran as a Libertarian because the rank and file republican party would not support him. Now, the American people have rejected the status quo of the republican party. If they can't win with him, they can't win.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  190. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Ron Paul is a medical doctor and US Representative with absolutely no executive experience whatsoever. Many of his political views, although quite appealing, are overly simplistic. The actual needs of the United States require many of the expensive programs that he opposes out of his ignorance of the world, ignorance of history, and ignorance of statecraft. Here is a fact – ideology is a liability, not an asset, when it comes to governing the nation with 40% of the worlds economic output, the fourth largest population, and the third largest land area. "Objectivism", the Ayn Rand philosophy, has some merit, perhaps, but is as inaccurate in its estimate of human nature as is its mortal enemy, Communism. Reality bites, hard, and the President of the United States must deal with realities, not mere popular fiction. Rand Paul will never be elected President of a country of pragmatists.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  191. Krush

    I'll take a "not-very-exciting" candidate who is experienced, upholds the Constitution, believes in personal liberty, helps to balance the budget, and can execute the office of president effectively over the current president.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  192. Howard

    Third time's the charm? Not a chance! Americans don't elect mere congressmen to the Presidency, only present and former governors, U.S. senators, and occasional a victorious general.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  193. mary

    i hope the rep party finds someone that can win because i sure do not want another 4 years of this president. not fighting wars 1/2 way around the world while our people lose their homes and starve looks good right now too.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  194. Ricky in Pittsburgh, PA

    Does anyone really think Obama is going to lose? No wartime president has ever lost an election and despite Mitt Romney's claims on peacetime spending, we are in fact engaged in 3 wars currently. I would vote for Ron Paul if Jesse Ventura were also on the ticket but my vote won't be the difference. It will take all of us.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  195. Ian Bowling

    Ron Paul has little chance of winning the GOP nomination. As a huge Ron Paul supporter, I do look forward to a great opportunity for him to say "I told you so" during the debates. I will be looking for flashbacks to 2008 from CNN. The man is a prophet.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  196. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Oh goody! Another exploratory committee. I'd like someone to form an exploratory committee to find a politician – Republican, Democrat, Independent, or anything else – who will actually follow through on all their campaign promises after winning an election. Of course, by the time they find one we'll all be dead and our great, great grandchildren will be voting via some computer implant in their brains. Paul has a lot of good ideas but in the end he's still a politician. And the truth is he simply doesn't have enough support to win a general presidential election.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  197. Andy

    I can't help but compare Ron pauls messages to the late great Jack Lalanne. Lalanne was way ahead of his time. People thought he was a crack pot. Always talking about health and fitness while people told him take a hike. Look now, there is a gym in every corner and his predictions about our state of health have come true. While Ron's message is not new, people disregard him the same way. The younger generation have accepted his principles and will bring liberty to america again.
    Ron Paul wins either way!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  198. Chris

    We would all be extremely lucky to live under a Ron Paul presidency, but I feel Dr. Paul might be too honest for most Americans.
    No one wants to hear the real truth anymore, and that's a shame.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  199. Nick

    I will NOT consider voting for any politician that thinks we can get out of this mess without raising revenues. Too bad someone under 30 can't run – I'd be willing to vote for anyone running on a Debt Tax platform that would raise taxes relative to income on everyone born before 1980. You are the ones collectively responsible for this mess, show some good faith and try to solve it while you're still here.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  200. Dan in Seattle

    I do not believe he will be the Republican nominee. Ron Paul is to me like Ross Perot. Solid value driven policy, not political, thinks outside of the box and is very intelligent. Unfortunately, the reality is that the average citizen struggles to relate to such a cerebral radical approach and will vote for the candidate that speaks their language. I agree with much of what Ron Paul preaches but I do not believe that his agenda could ever come to fruition. He would never gain enough political support for his changes.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  201. John in western North Carolina

    I just wish he'd go away.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  202. Bruce Hartdegen

    Doesn't matter...Sadly, most Americans are still asleep, apathetic and complacent.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  203. Dave

    Simple answer is no. While he might do well in a general election, he'll fair poorly in a GOP Primary.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  204. Donald Barsell

    The military-industrial complex, corrupt politicians, global bankers, Wall Street insiders, the FED, the biased media, the waterboarders, the TSA, and the IRS don’t like what we’re doing.
    But every good American is applauding us, and daring to hope for a better future.

    President Ron Paul 2012 Oh Yeah!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  205. Don in Nevada

    If you read his recently published books, you will find that he is a lot less politics and a lot more common sense than anybody I have seen in the last 20 years. It is too bad he has to have the Republican label stuck on him. He is unique and not like the other Republicans out there. Full disclosure: I truly believe that all of the popular parties give each other high fives in the green rooms before and after their debates and meetings.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  206. Gianfranco Fino

    By the looks of things, no. Americans are too stupid for real ideas only idols.

    At least, I can say, my parents fought for my freedoms.

    For Liberty, Ron Paul 2012

    April 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  207. Max in NY

    I hope this applies to Dennis Kucinich rather than Ron Paul.

    Dennis has been right on every major issue the US has faced from its finances, to global warming, to war/peace.

    He is so overlooked (likely for the same reason Paul is over looked) due to the way he looks.

    He got zero speaking time in the last presidential debates as compared with Edwards, Obama, and Clinton.

    I remember the host of the debate (Russert) asking him about UFOs-as if that was like a main theme or relevant issue he was running on. Kucinich is a great man, and that question was clearly set up to marginalize him.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  208. Jim Carroll

    Little Ron Paul, who is going to run again for President, would bomb the foundation out from under Social Security, Medicare and the Safety Net for the “Poor Class” in the name of caring about the deficit. If this little “bird brain” from big Texas cared about the deficit, all he and those like him would have to do to solve the deficit problems is raise taxes on the “Rich Class.” But since he is a lackey for the Wall Street “Rich Class.”, he can’t do that. President Clinton gave us a perfect example on how to balance the budget and pay down the National Debt and create a great economy. The Tea Party Terrorist are determine to destroy America with their bombs of ignorance, which is more destructive than 9/11. Copy and email to the News Media, friends and foes. Ask them to visit the Internet Free Press.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  209. Robyn in CT

    He SHOULD be a shoe-in. BUT, I easily recognize the folly of the ballot and the stupidity of the American voter.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  210. oliver

    You gotta ask the media that question. On previous elections he was treated unfair by the media. All news channels were saying he couldn't win. It is obvious the media picks their candidates.They say who can and who can't. The one who can gets the most coverage. There's no respect for a congressman who was elected 11 times by the people of Texas. Who has fought to bring transparency to the FED and pay off the debt for years. But the media loves the celebrities, they love Sarah Palin. They love Donald Trump. They get more ratings talking about Palin mocking Couric and garbage like that. And you don't even have to go too far to see how bias the media is. You can look at Carol Costello hit-piece on Ron Paul calling him a "long shot candidate" and calling his views on foreign policy "extreme". And comparing Ron to ralph nader. Making look Ron like spoiler. Hey CNN! let the people decide. He just announced his running and this is how you treat him. It hasn't being a week and the media say he can't win. why?

    April 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  211. Kerri, Hudson Oaks, TX

    Yes, Jack. The time is right and the country is ripe for some truth. Ron Paul has been right on everything (the FED, the dollar, the financial crisis, loss of liberties, the Wars) and he's starting to get the respect he deserves. Thanks to Ron Paul and his supporters, the criminal Federal Reserve is being exposed for the outrage it is. The Bernanke was even cornered into holding the FED's first ever press conference after an FOMC meeting today. In 97 years! Some people say he's radical, why? Because he believes that people have the right to run their own lives, make their own decisions and take care of themselves and their family how they see fit! The real radicals are the Washington establishment who have sold our Republic down the river of unsustainable debt and corporatism. American's, please don't let the shrill demagogues and media soundbites replace your critical thinking. Please help to restore America to her former glory by voting for the only man of principle running for President–Ron Paul.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  212. Ben from Iowa

    Of course Ron knows he can't win. He is running to spread his message. Short of his views on abortion, I like a lot of what he has to say. Its great that candidates like Ron are out there that challenge the status quo.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  213. Gail

    All substance and no style = unelectable as President.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  214. Conor in Chicago

    Somebody needs to explain to Dr. Paul that suddenly dismantaling the American Empire would cause the Third World War. They also need to explain that it's the 21st Century, not the 19th.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  215. Brian

    He really is the smartest and most capable person. He has correctly predicted just about everything that has happened well in advance. He truly would put the American first and demand accountability. I believe he is the most honest person available.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  216. kevin

    Nothing would make me happier than to see Ron Paul as the face of the Republican party. While admittedly entertaining, his rise to the top of the GOP ticket would ensure its doom as a major party and another victory for Obama.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  217. Todd G

    He doesn't stand a chance. Nobody wants new ideas in Washington... or sensibility.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  218. Jason, Koloa HI

    Paul can make an impact by running as a third party candidate and swaying just enough votes away from the Republicans to cost any more mainstream Republican (if there is such a thing a mainstream Republican any more) from winning the general election. But, he is still just too scary to party powers to become the Republican candidate simply because he is talking about trimming the personal pork favorites of powerful party insiders like defense spending, military contracts, the military industrial complex in general and just between you n me Jack.......they ain't gonna let that happen. I'll betcha!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |