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Ron Paul, the iconoclastic nine-term congressman from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward launching a second presidential bid in 2008, this time as a Republican.
Paul filed incorporation papers in Texas on Thursday to create a presidential exploratory committee that allows him and his supporters to collect money on behalf of his bid. This will be Paul’s second try for the White House; he was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988.
But he said the campaign will test its ability to attract financial and political support before deciding whether to launch a full-fledged campaign. Snyder said Paul is not running just to make a point or to try to ensure that his issues are addressed, but to win.
Paul is expected to formally announce his bid in the next week or two, Snyder said.
Snyder said Paul and his supporters are not intimidated by the presence of nationally known and better-financed candidates such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona or former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
“This is going to be a grassroots American campaign,” he said. “For us, it’s either going to happen at the grassroots level or it’s not.”
Paul limits his view of the role of the federal government to those duties laid out in the U.S. Constitution. As a result, he sometimes casts votes that appear at odds with his constituents and other Republicans. He was the only Republican congressman to vote against Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2007.
The vote against the defense appropriations bill, he said, was because of his opposition to the war in Iraq, which he said was “not necessary for our actual security.”
Congressman Paul is one of the (very) few politicians I wholly support and trust. I’ve watched Paul for some time now, impressed with this knowledge of things “as they really are”. He doesn’t tow any party line, and he doesn’t politic for the sake of looking good, hoarding power, and winning battles. He fights the good fight as one who understands the proper role of government.
Running as a Republican, I realize that he doesn’t stand too much of a chance of getting past the primaries. Nevertheless, I feel that Congressman Paul is one of the very few in our government who still supports the Constitution and fights for its principles.