Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul, asked whether he might enter the 2012 presidential race, says he can't “figure out whether I am running for it or from it.” But calling himself an “unofficial candidate” in a telephone interview Monday with Fox News' Neal Cavuto from Iowa — the first of the primary states — the congressman did not dispute speculation from his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, that one of them would be on a national ticket in 2012.
“I have not figured it out — whether I am running for it or from it — so I have to make that decision soon, because I know you are curious,” Ron Paul told Cavuto. “I talked to him [Rand Paul] yesterday on the phone — and, of course, you know where he stays when he is in Washington. So I will be seeing him either later tonight or maybe even tomorrow. And I told him, we ought to sit down and talk about this.”
Cavuto, noting that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Monday announced an exploratory committee, asked Ron Paul how he stacked up in relation to other possible candidates.
“Well, it is hard for me to discuss this, because I am an unofficial candidate,” he said. “And how I stack up, I don't know. I don't talk about me as an individual. But I do know — I do talk about how our philosophy stacks up, and the need for true reforms — whether it is monetary reform, tax reform, spending reforms, foreign policy reforms.
“I know that those views are very, very popular. And I think that they can compete with any of the other potential candidates in any way whatsoever,” Paul said. “Because more and more so, especially with the budgetary mess that we have, the people are looking for some true answers. And I think the philosophy of liberty will give them those answers.”
Cavuto asked the Texas congressman his opinions on House Budget Committee Paul Ryan's 2012 budget proposal — and the president's — and whether he was “intrigued” by either plan.
“Not really,” Paul said. “If I had one vote to pick one [that intrigued me] I can do that. But if I had to pick a vote to endorse it as a budget, I wouldn't be able to endorse either one.”
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