I keep hearing about how Ron Paul is going to run for President.
I don’t think that’s the case, and here’s why:
1) Age. Ron Paul will be 77 years old in 2012. It would be tough for anyone that age to run for President. I can only imagine the grueling schedule and various annoyances that a Presidential candidate must deal with. Add advanced age into the mix and it complicates things.
2) Alternative candidates. New Mexico’s Gary Johnson is an appealing candidate who many Paul supporters could lend their energy to. Additionally, Dr. Paul has spoken well of the former Governor.
3) Rand Paul. Now that Rand Paul is in the Senate, the Congressman is likely to not only feel a sense of tremendous pride, but also understands that his tireless efforts in the U.S. House have paid off.
4) The U.S. House. The House Republican Leadership allowed Dr. Paul to Chair the House Subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve. With this position comes a tremendous amount of responsibility and a significant time commitment.
5) Legacy. Ron Paul’s legacy was his 2008 campaign. He changed the debate in our country and helped inspire the most dynamic political movement in American history — the Tea Party. There is less opportunity to surpass what the 2008 campaign achieved in 2012.
These are just a few of the reasons that Congressman Paul is less likely to run for President in 2012. But never say never.