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Ron Paul 'Strongly Considering' Another Run for White House


Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the outspoken libertarian who touted limited government long before the tea party started brewing, is thinking about another campaign for president.

The 75-year-old congressman "is strongly considering a run in 2012 and is currently assessing his prospects," Jesse Benton, senior adviser to Paul's Campaign for Liberty organization, told Fox News Tuesday.

And in case there was any doubt that he might throw his hat in, Paul has accepted an invitation to speak next month in the presidential proving ground of Iowa. On March 7, he will address the social conservative group the Family Leader, as part of its lecture series, Politico reported.

Rep. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), a potential GOP candidate for president, was to address the group Tuesday. Other White House hopefuls, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Wisc.) and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, will also deliver Family Leader speeches this spring.

Paul's 2008 presidential campaign got off to a strong start, thanks to intense grassroots support and a keen grasp of the Interent as an organizing tool. Running as a libertarian-leaning Republican, he broke fundraising records and won several straw polls before fading in the heat of primary season.

In 1988, Paul ran on the Libertarian Party ticket.

His son, Rand Paul, was elected to the Senate from Kentucky in November, thanks largely to the support of the tea party.

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