Ron Paul 2016? Video evidence to considerSubmitted by Saoirse on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 19:56
Okay, so I'm quite possible delusional. Having said that ...
After Ron Paul left the race for president in 2012, I just felt that it wasn't the end and I was holding out for him to run independent. When that didn't happen, I still refused to believe that he was done with the presidential races. Though I really didn't think--on an intellectual level--that he would run in 2016, when he told that joke on Jay Leno that he wouldn't run independent because he had to rest up for 2016 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uig9-nHudI), I was kinda half thinking that maybe he wasn't wholly joking.
Now, my friends make fun of me for this "optimism" and so might you, but these two recent videos are once again signaling my gut that Ron Paul may run for president in 2016. This may well be my delusion, however, my female intuition has an excellent track record. Only time will tell if my intense obsession with the greatest man alive is clouding these senses!
In the below videos, were these just references to past runs? Do journalists refer to past candidates in the present tense as "presidential hopefuls"? Would a good friend and colleague of Dr. Paul say that there aren't many good people left on the Hill with "Kucinich leaving and Ron running for president"? Does he know something we don't know? Did he let something slip? Or was he just referring to past presidential runs? Maybe I'm just stretching here.
View video at 5:19
View video at 8:55
I have to imagine that Ron Paul would see the intense potential power of a run in 2016 in particular. With a stage that held Rand, Ron and possibly another liberty-minded candidate such as Gary Johnson, the debate of ideas would no longer be statists versus statists and that one old extremist freak on the end of the stage who never gets any questions. It would be statists versus libertarians. And libertarian ideas could gain incredible legitimacy at a time when Ron Paul's ideas are already starting to penetrate the mainstream.