Republican Congressman Ron Paul Files Papers for Potential Prez Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republican Congressman Ron Paul Files Papers for Potential Prez Bid

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 14
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas has filed papers to form an exploratory committee to consider a potential 2008 candidacy for president. Should he decide to make an official bid for the GOP nomination, it will be the second time he has run for president — the first as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988.

An exploratory committee would allow Paul to raise and spend funds for a potential presidential bid while he determines if he will officially jump in the race.

Kent Snyder, the chairman of Paul’s exploratory committee, acknowledged that it would be a long shot for Paul to win the nomination.

"There’s no question that it’s an uphill battle, and that Dr. Paul is an underdog," Snyder said. "But we think it’s well worth doing and we’ll let the voters decide."

"But there was also a time when Jimmy Carter was not well known at all, when Bill Clinton was not well known at all," Snyder added.

Paul is a nine-term Texas congressman and a medical doctor who is pro-life but his view of the role of the federal government has lowered his pro-life voting record during his tenure on Capitol Hill.

From 2005-2006, Paul had just a 56 percent pro-life voting record as he voted four times against a federal law protecting teenagers from being taken to other states for secret abortions in violation of the parental notification or consent laws of their home state. He doesn’t think federal law should cover abortion issues.

Because he believes in limited government, he strongly opposes using taxpayer funds to pay for embryonic stem cell research but has also voted against public funding of adult stem cell research as well.

In previous years, Paul’s had a 73 percent, 81 percent and 79 percent pro-life voting record going back to 1999, according to the National Right to Life Committee.

Paul was first elected to Congress in 1976 and then lost a Senate primary in 1984. He later ran for Congress in an adjacent seat in 1996 and won. He most recently won his re-election bid by a 60 to 40 percent margin.