NY Times: As Ron Paul Weighs Presidential Run, His Issues Are Already Being DebatedSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Wed, 04/27/2011 - 08:28
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
WASHINGTON — Representative Ron Paul of Texas announced Tuesday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, saying he anticipated “a much, much more significant campaign” than he ran in 2008 should he decide to become an official candidate for the presidency in 2012.
Speaking at an event in Des Moines, Mr. Paul, 75, said he would decide by the end of May whether to become a candidate and stressed the reasons that he believed he might wield more influence over the shape, direction and conversation of the Republican contest this time around.
“The country is already quite different,” Mr. Paul said. “There are literally millions of more people concerned about the very things I talked about four years ago. It is the excessive spending, the entitlement system, the foreign policy, as well as the monetary system.”
“I think he’ll play a bigger role this time than he did four years ago,” said Trey Grayson, the director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. “You can’t underestimate someone who has a passionate following who can raise money.”