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Ron Paul, gearing up for 2012?

Libertarian Ron Paul running for president in 2008

The man's got a following, that's for sure.

Tuesday it was announced that Texas Republican Ron Paul, who wowed the Libertarian crowd during the 2008 election with his call for limited government, is set to deliver an address at the University of South Carolina on Nov. 9 about the “future of individual liberty and the importance of the U.S. Constitution.”

As if that were not enough, the following week he's scheduled to speak in Iowa, that pivotal early caucus state, with stops in Ames and Des Moines.

By this morning speculation was rife that South Carolina, which holds one of the early primaries in the presidential calendar, could be the launching pad for a new Ron Paul bid. As CNN's Political Ticker put it, "Will Ron Paul give it another go in 2012?"

If so, the 74-year-old congressman and doctor isn't saying. Lately he's been busy waging war against the federal government's response to the H1N1 virus, decrying the vaccination program as an attempt by the federal government to corral more power. He even tweaked President Obama for not having his daughters inoculated.

“It’s interesting to note that the president’s children have not gotten their shots and the explanation for this is it hasn’t been available to them – now that’s a little bit hard to buy when you think that probably anything the president wants can be available for their children,” said Paul, adding, “So in a way he’s made his decision not to give his children these inoculations – so if he has freedom of choice on this, I would like to make sure that all the American people have the same amount of freedom of choice.”

Yesterday, Malia and Sasha got their shots.

-- Johanna Neuman

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It is the American voters who guarantee four more years of socialism, not Ron Paul. Even if Ron Paul does not run four more years of socialism is a mute point.

If anything is to be gained by a 2012 run, at least real philosophical issues would be injected into the debate.

I will Vote for him , if Dr Paul dumps the GOP and runs Constitutional Party. they have abandoned him in the past and pay him no respect for being the only Honest Man in D.C.

I hope he does run for President. He would do the right things for this country. He raises the bar on leadership and this country would benefit greatly from his experience, knowledge and Common Sense approaches to resolving our issues as a nation.

He's no "yes man", he's consistent, he's strong, he's level-headed, he's fiercely intelligent, and he's not afraid to stand up for what's right. He's what a real President is made of. If we Americans, get behind him, Real Change....would take place. We would remain a Free Country and we would continue to enjoy our liberties and all the wonderful things that made our country great in the first place. God bless America!

Ron Paul for President all the way!

The campaign never ended, hence the Campaign for Liberty. He may have lost the presidential bid - but we still won, being that the message of freedom has been lite and it's spreading like a wildfire :D Long live the republic!

"Yesterday, Malia and Sasha got their shots." Yea right. Pretend flu shots that contain nothing but water.
26 micrograms of mercury per dose, no thanks.

Lifetime Republican here. I'll vote for Ron Paul hands down.

Or shall we wait for Gingrich to endorse another crappy candidate?

YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care how old he's going to be...he still has more smarts and energy than a lot of younger people.

This is the man that can put our country back together.

The reason they have tried to censor him is because the CROOKS at the top would be left out in the cold and FINALLY THE PEOPLE would be back in charge.

PLEASE AMERICA...I BEG YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do NOT let him slip away again.

Run Dr Paul.....PLEASE RUN!


Ron Paul is our only hope.If you have his book(the revolution a manifesto)pass it around.Leave it in a coffee shop or other youth politics with people.To those who fear that their vote for an outsider like ron paul would ruin the chance of retaking the white house and give obama a second term,face the facts.if one obama term woke up this many people ,a second might be just what it takes to wake up the rest of the sheep.........

He's got my vote..

He's got my family's vote! Instead of dodging a bullet in 2008, the citizens dodged *into* a bullet. I can't wait until we hear more of the Congressman's solutions to pressing issues -- while still addressing many of the same ones.

Here in PA, Ron Paul received 16 percent of the vote in the 2008 Republican primary. I can only imagine that the recent political and financial climate would cause those numbers to go substantially higher. I'm an independent and would definitely be on board with a Paul run in 2012.

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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