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I can't say I'm surprised. More disappointed than anything. Representative Ron Paul appears poised to make another presidential run:
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, whose outspoken libertarian views and folksy style made him a cult hero during two previous presidential campaigns, will announce on Tuesday that he's going to try a third time.
Sources close to Paul, who is in his 12th term in the House, said he will unveil an exploratory presidential committee, a key step in gearing up for a White House race. He will also unveil the campaign's leadership team in Iowa, where the first votes of the presidential election will be cast in caucuses next year.
My views on Ron Paul are pretty well stated by now. I appreciate his strong stand for Constitutional fidelity, though I believe that his unfettered libertarianism can, at times, undermine his deeply held conviction of individual liberty. I also don't think he can win the nomination - however, that is not the source of my disappointment in his decision to run.
Whether I think someone can or will win the nomination is nothing more than an opinion - and not something that I would ever suggest should prevent someone from running if they want to. Indeed, there are many who are undoubtedly thrilled that Paul is in the race because he provides them someone who best represents them on the ballot. Fine.
My disappointment is that his entry prevents the entry of someone I think would be more beneficial and significant in the race: his son. Rand Paul, the passionate Tea Party-oriented Senator from Kentucky has burst onto the national scene this last year. He is stronger than his father on the issue of liberty because, as more of a conservative than libertarian, he understands the critical connection of faith, virtue and liberty.
But Rand Paul had already announced that he would not run against his dad. It's not that I want to prevent Ron from running...again. It's that I wish he hadn't prevented someone better suited for an energetic and meaningful campaign from running.