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Ron Paul: 50-50 Chance I'll Run for President
CBS News ^ | 12-13-2010 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 12/13/2010 8:21:59 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

Republican Rep. Ron Paul, known for bucking his party in favor of his libertarian principles, says there's a chance he'll make another run for the presidency.

"I'd say it's at least 50-50 that I'll run again," Paul told the New York Times in a profile of the 75-year-old congressman. His decision will reportedly hinge in part on how the economy fares.

Paul won less than 2 percent of the vote in his 2008 Republican primary presidential bid, but he won a dedicated fan base that supported him strongly online and financially. He is often credited for spawning the Tea Party movement, which swept into office this year more congressmen that hold his stringent libertarian views on issues like fiscal policy, including his son, Sen.-elect Rand Paul of Kentucky. (The Times notes that Ron Paul and Rand Paul will be roommates in Ron Paul's Virginia condo while they serve in Congress together.)

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Libertarians are wetting themselves with delight at this very moment.
1 posted on 12/13/2010 8:22:02 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
He is often credited for spawning the Tea Party movement

What a joke.

2 posted on 12/13/2010 8:23:24 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

100% chance your supporters will again be potheads.


3 posted on 12/13/2010 8:23:53 AM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There is also a 90-10 chance he will fail in his bid for the GOP nomination.


4 posted on 12/13/2010 8:24:18 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: RockinRight

Ron, save your money.


5 posted on 12/13/2010 8:24:53 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oh goodie /s


6 posted on 12/13/2010 8:26:03 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: JPG

are you kidding? he makes more money doing this then anything else.


7 posted on 12/13/2010 8:26:50 AM PST by KOZ.
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To: Responsibility2nd
Vote-splitting, Ross Perot-esque selfish losertarian pig.

(Obama's best 2010 hope.)

8 posted on 12/13/2010 8:27:17 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Stick to busting the Fed Ron. We don't need you to run again even though it was good for a laugh.


9 posted on 12/13/2010 8:31:58 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: dirtboy

This buffoon doesnt go away


10 posted on 12/13/2010 8:33:34 AM PST by italianquaker ( teabag the vote!!)
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To: RockinRight
100% chance your supporters will again be potheads.

I have to tell you, I know a lot of college aged and kids in their 20s who were raised in conservative homes who are Ron Paul supporters. These kids are NOT pot heads. Two of them are my boys. They are both smart kids--engineers both of them. They don't do drugs and they follow politics closely. One of their friends ran the Ron Paul campaign in Iowa this year. I know several other young people who like Ron Paul, too. It's bizarre. I keep trying to point out how weird this guy is, but they won't see it. I think that the thing that draws these kids to him is the fact that they see the Republican party as being almost as bad as the Democratic party.

11 posted on 12/13/2010 8:34:29 AM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: Responsibility2nd
As a libertarian there is a 100% chance that I won't vote for him if the GOP puts a real conservative on their ticket.

Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Mike Pence... I vote GOP.

If Huckabee, Romney, or some other RINO gasbag designed to specifically leave Zero in office for four more years... We're pretty much f*cked anyway.

12 posted on 12/13/2010 8:37:14 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III%. The last line in the sand)
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To: Responsibility2nd

90/10 chance I’ll vote against ya


13 posted on 12/13/2010 8:39:44 AM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Please spare us Ron.


14 posted on 12/13/2010 8:42:56 AM PST by Hattie
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To: Responsibility2nd

There may be a 50-50 chance that he’ll attempt to run, but there is less than 1% chance that he gets the nomination of any legitimate party.


15 posted on 12/13/2010 8:44:23 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname
I think that the thing that draws these kids to him is the fact that they see the Republican party as being almost as bad as the Democratic party.

I think they also see him as some kind of deep thinker, a philosophical genius if you will. His recent remarks though concerning Julian Assange shows what an idiot he and his followers are. He may have some valid points with fiscal issues, but when it comes to security, the military, and pretty much everything else, he's a nutcase.

16 posted on 12/13/2010 8:45:38 AM PST by csense
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To: Responsibility2nd

He’s a right-wing Leftist.


17 posted on 12/13/2010 8:46:31 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

WGAF.


18 posted on 12/13/2010 8:47:32 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Responsibility2nd
Ron Paul: 50-50 Chance I'll Run for President

(yawn....) That's like saying there's a 50-50 chance that water is wet.

19 posted on 12/13/2010 8:48:16 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Responsibility2nd
[ He is often credited for spawning the Tea Party movement ]

The Tea Party is NOT a party.. it is a Caucus..
it was not formed it just.... WAS!... and coalesced together..

20 posted on 12/13/2010 8:48:22 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

If you are a young person that believes in small government who would you vote for? Republicans who have never, ever cut the size of government or someone that you believe will cut government?


21 posted on 12/13/2010 8:49:37 AM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well there goes another 2-3%.


22 posted on 12/13/2010 8:51:35 AM PST by McGruff
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What an anomaly. A contradtiction in terms. I’ve never heard that description before. But it fits. Describes Paul and all libertarians to a T.


23 posted on 12/13/2010 8:53:33 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: csense
"He may have some valid points with fiscal issues, but when it comes to security, the military, and pretty much everything else, he's a nutcase."

Spot on. Ron Paul and I share the same alma mater. Every now and then he'll do or say something brilliant, but before before I have the chance to brag about it, he'll do or say something so embarrassing I have to quietly hang my head.

24 posted on 12/13/2010 8:54:06 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Responsibility2nd

25 posted on 12/13/2010 8:56:17 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: All

100% Paul will be 4 years older than McCain was last time around.


26 posted on 12/13/2010 8:57:27 AM PST by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The most successful libertarian candidate in American politics ran against Ronald Reagan in 1980, he summed up libertarians as “low tax, liberals”


27 posted on 12/13/2010 8:57:37 AM PST by ansel12 (Lonnie, little by little the look of the country changes, because of the men we admire.)
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To: GoldStandard

Paging GoldStandard...

Oh yeah you use that other name now.


28 posted on 12/13/2010 8:58:42 AM PST by Artemis Webb (What, if not a bagel and coffee, confirms the existence of a just and loving God?)
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

Ron Paul appeals to an almost idealistic type of conservative, one that fails to realize that a conservative utopia is no more realistic than a leftist one.

Ron Paul’s a good man, but he’s WAY off on foreign policy, and although economically I can get on board with him on most issues, he is even a bit myopic on some domestic issues as well.


29 posted on 12/13/2010 9:00:48 AM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: KOZ.

Point taken. It must be for the money then because in his heart of hearts he realizes his chances of winning are zero.


30 posted on 12/13/2010 9:05:41 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: Responsibility2nd
There's a 50-50 chance that I'll run for president, too.

And technically, there's a 50-50 chance that if I run, I'll get elected (either I will, or I won't).

31 posted on 12/13/2010 9:06:47 AM PST by wbill
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To: ansel12

Barry Goldwater ran in 1980?

WHO are you talking about?


32 posted on 12/13/2010 9:07:10 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Look up who the libertarians ran in 1980.


33 posted on 12/13/2010 9:13:21 AM PST by ansel12 (Lonnie, little by little the look of the country changes, because of the men we admire.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And RINOs.


34 posted on 12/13/2010 9:13:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Congresssman Paul, before you throw your hat in, could you please explain to us clearly what your stance on National Defense is....

At what point will you be willing to use force ?


35 posted on 12/13/2010 9:14:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: RockinRight
"100% chance your supporters will again be potheads."

And Jooooooo-haters.



Ron Paul at the Values Voters Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale on September 17, 2007.

Immediately to Paul’s left: Don Black, the owner of neo-Nazi hate site Stormfront and Derek Black, Don’s son.
36 posted on 12/13/2010 9:17:28 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: ansel12

I did.

Republican Party nomination
Main article: Republican Party (United States) presidential primaries, 1980
Republican candidates

Former Governor Ronald Reagan of California
Former CIA director and United States Representative George H. W. Bush of Texas
Representative John B. Anderson of Illinois
Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee
Representative Phil Crane of Illinois
Former Governor John Connally of Texas
Senator Bob Dole of Kansas
Former Special Ambassador to Paraguay Ben Fernandez of California
Former Governor Harold Stassen of Minnesota
Senator Lowell Weicker of Connecticut

________________________________________

The question is still on the table. WHO are you talking about?


37 posted on 12/13/2010 9:18:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: RockinRight

“Ron Paul’s a good man”

Sorry, the Joooo conspiracy monthly he used to write takes him off the “good man” list.


38 posted on 12/13/2010 9:19:55 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ron Paul: 50-50 Chance I’ll Run for President

And 1 Trillion to 1 odds that you would ever get nominated.
Why waste the time and money?


39 posted on 12/13/2010 9:30:03 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Responsibility2nd

100 to 0 chance I’d vote for him.


40 posted on 12/13/2010 9:44:13 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

Oops, make that NOT NOT NOT vote for him.


41 posted on 12/13/2010 9:44:51 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

“And 1 Trillion to 1 odds that you would ever get nominated.
Why waste the time and money?”

It’s his gig. He makes money doing this.


42 posted on 12/13/2010 9:46:36 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think he is talking about the general election. Libertarian party nominee had that quote according to Wikipedia (look up 1980 Presidential Election).


43 posted on 12/13/2010 9:46:52 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

44 posted on 12/13/2010 9:50:34 AM PST by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: Chipper

Thanks Chipper. I was 22 years old in 1980 and it was the second time I voted for Reagan. I remember John Anderson - went to a campaign speech he gave. Was unimpressed.

I remember the slugfest between Teddy and Jimmy. But I can not recall Edward Clark.


45 posted on 12/13/2010 9:58:37 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Gee whiz, what a treat.


46 posted on 12/13/2010 10:21:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Responsibility2nd

IMO, Paul runs to get his message out. He and Bolton will be good for the discussion.


47 posted on 12/13/2010 10:42:44 AM PST by FTJM
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Sorry, the Joooo conspiracy monthly he used to write takes him off the “good man” list.

Can you back this statement up, or is it just more Paul-bashing?

Isn't this just another take on the "racist newsletter monthly" that was used to smear him during the 2008 primaries, and later shown to be untrue?

48 posted on 12/13/2010 11:07:02 AM PST by LIBERTARIAN JOE (Don't blame me - I voted for Ron Paul!)
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To: LIBERTARIAN JOE

“Isn’t this just another take on the “racist newsletter monthly” that was used to smear him during the 2008 primaries, and later shown to be untrue?”

They weren’t “shown to be untrue.”

The best Paul came up with was admitting it was anti-semetic garbage in his newsletters for years-and-years, but claiming he didn’t write the newsletter that went out under his name, nor read it.

Sorry, one article, maybe. Years and years of anti-semetic tripe? No excuse.

And, yes, I have confirmed by reading the newsletters myself.

In a vacuum? Maybe.

Coupled with the fact that Paul is also a non-interventionist-of-convenience (only when it harms Israel), it’s apparent what Paul is.

Paul is a slightly-more-subtle version of his friend David Duke.


49 posted on 12/13/2010 12:14:12 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
They weren’t “shown to be untrue.”

Point taken - I believe it was shown that not only was he not the author, he wasn't even involved in the day-to-day operations of the newsletter at the time the articles (racist ones) were published.

Sorry, one article, maybe. Years and years of anti-semetic tripe? No excuse

Source? I'd like to read them for myself.

Coupled with the fact that Paul is also a non-interventionist-of-convenience (only when it harms Israel), it’s apparent what Paul is

Complete BS - I've got the text of a speech he gave on the floor of the House of Reps back in the '80s, condemning the US & French gov'ts for brokering the deal that let the PLO escape from Beirut when the Israelis were about to exterminate them - yasser arafat should have died a violent, painful death at the hands of Israeli soldiers but didn't because of Ronald Reagan... does that make RR a jooo-hater too?

...his friend David Duke

Quickly prove they've ever even met or you've lost all credibility...

50 posted on 12/13/2010 12:39:28 PM PST by LIBERTARIAN JOE (Don't blame me - I voted for Ron Paul!)
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