Appearing on the Alex Jones Show Tuesday, Texas Rep. Ron Paul said he will make a final decision within a month on whether he will run for president in the 2012 election.
Congressman Paul said he will soon make a “token decision” if he will participate in a presidential debate to be held in South Carolina in May. Dr. Paul said he will likely agree to be included in the debate between potential presidential contenders without a commitment to run or officially filing legal papers declaring his candidacy.
“We’re getting awfully close,” Paul explained, “and there are just a few other things I have to iron out personally to make my final decision.” He noted no other hopefuls – with the exception of Obama – have announced their intention to run for president.
Alex Jones asked Paul if he would leave the Republican Party and run as an independent. On Monday, the former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, told Jones he would join Ron Paul as a running mate if the Texas representative left the Republican Party. Ventura declared both establishment political parties are the problem and he will not run under the banner of either.
Ron Paul said for now he will remain in the Republican Party. “Right now I am still a Republican Congressman,” Paul told Jones, “and we did it last time as a Republican.” He said that he believes political parties are irrelevant and the establishment dominated Republican Party now serves as a vehicle for delivering his Libertarian message.
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