At 7 a.m., Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced on Good Morning America (GMA) his intention to run in 2012 for President of the United States.
This is Paul’s third bid for the Presidency. In 1988, he ran on the Libertarian ticket, and he ran again 20 years later as a Republican. In his time in the House, Paul has established one of the most consistently conservative voting records of any Congressman.
According to his website, a fellow Congressman said, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.”
Often mocked in the mainstream media for his “extremism,” Paul told GMA he chose to run again because the American people are now expressing the views he has espoused for some time.
“Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years,” Paul said.
As to why he is running as a Republican, Paul told GMA reporter George Stephanopoulos, “Running as an Independent here is just about impossible unless you’re a billionaire like Ross Perot. You don’t get on debates. If I was an Independent George, you would not have me on this program this morning.”