April 6, 2011
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Texas Rep. Ron Paul said he will make a final decision within a month on whether he will run for president in the 2012 election.
Congressman Paul said he will soon make a “token decision” if he will participate in a presidential debate to be held in South Carolina in May. Dr. Paul said he will likely agree to be included in the debate between potential presidential contenders without a commitment to run or officially filing legal papers declaring his candidacy.
“We’re getting awfully close,” Paul explained, “and there are just a few other things I have to iron out personally to make my final decision.” He noted no other hopefuls – with the exception of Obama – have announced their intention to run for president.
Alex Jones asked Paul if he would leave the Republican Party and run as an independent. On Monday, the former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura , told Jones he would join Ron Paul as a running mate if the Texas representative left the Republican Party. Ventura declared both establishment political parties are the problem and he will not run under the banner of either.
Ron Paul said for now he will remain in the Republican Party. “Right now I am still a Republican Congressman,” Paul told Jones, “and we did it last time as a Republican.” He said that he believes political parties are irrelevant and the establishment dominated Republican Party now serves as a vehicle for delivering his Libertarian message. However, Paul said he has not ruled out leaving the Republican Party at some future date.
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.
“My most important goal is to promote individual freedom by reducing the size and scope of government and its intrusion into the lives of citizens,” 84 percent of CPAC respondents answered affirmatively to a poll question asked during CPAC.
Ron Paul has championed individual liberty and warned against a large and increasingly despotic federal government for the entirety of his career.