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.
And so, yet another GOP candidate is entering the field, but this isn’t an also ran. Ron Paul represents a very specific point of view with the GOP field and he carries with him a constituency that won’t vote for just anybody.
Let’s remember that he didn’t endorse McCain in 2008 and given his hardline stance about libertarian values, it’s unlikely he’ll endorse the GOP candidate in 2012.
And hey, good for him. Paul is an iconoclast who won’t play ball with the traditional GOP. This may make him can outcast, but at least he sticks to his guns.
More as it develops…and much more will develop no doubt!