Texas Rep. Ron Paul will decide this month whether or not he’ll run for president in 2012. According to the Alex Jones Show, he will probably join the South Carolina debate between potential presidential contenders without necessarily making a commitment to run for president.
Former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura recently said he would “join Ron Paul as a running mate if the Texas representative left the Republican Party.” But although Paul will not rule out leaving the party in the future, he plans to stay for now.
There was speculation that his son, Rand Paul, the newly elected Kentucky senator, would toss his hat into the presidential ring — but only if his father didn’t run. By the sounds of things, Rand Paul will be waiting his turn:
Earlier today, Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, the recently elected Senator from Kentucky, told Politico he believes his father will run. “I get every indication from looking at his schedule and hearing what he’s doing that I think he probably will,” Rand said. “But that’s his decision to make.”
In April of 2010, a Rasmussen poll found that Paul was in a statistical dead heat with Obama. The current president edged out Paul by 42 points to 41 in a hypothetical 2012 matchup, according to the survey. Irate Democrats accused the polling organization of gaming its results.
In February, Ron Paul won the CPAC presidential straw poll for a second year. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in second.
Last year, Paul won the top spot with 31 percent of the vote. Romney, who won the previous three CPAC straw polls, was second with 22 percent of the vote.