April 27, 2011
Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican congressman beloved of many Tea Party supporters, has announced he is exploring a 2012 presidential bid.
The move is a key step on the official route towards announcing a final candidacy and thrusts the long-time Texas politician into a Republican field that has been more marked by hesitancy than any apparent fervent desire to take on Barack Obama.
Paul will now make a final decision in May. He joins a field of other Republicans who have also formed so-called “exploratory committees” that includes relatively well-known names like former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.