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From The Hill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he’s interested in mounting a 2016 presidential bid.
“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” Paul told ABC News in an interview published on Tuesday.
A bid for the Republican nomination would continue a family tradition. Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has repeatedly sought the party’s nomination. The elder Paul is retiring at the end of this congressional term.
The younger Paul emphasized that he was not yet ready to announce his candidacy, but said he believed his brand of libertarianism could open up the map for Republicans.
“I think we have to go a different direction, because we’re just not winning, and we have to think about some different ideas,” said the Kentucky lawmaker, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement.
Freshman Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to cut federal spending. The Kentucky Republican and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury — money from his operating budget that his office never spent.
The half million dollars represents about 16 percent of Paul’s annual budget. He contended no senator had returned as much to taxpayers, though at least two senators disputed that claim. An aide to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said his office returned $636,036 in unspent money to the Treasury in Fiscal Year 2010 and another $503,161 in 2011.
“I ran to stop the reckless spending. And I ran to end the damaging process of elected officials acting as errand boys, competing to see who could bring back the biggest check and the most amount of pork,” Paul said at a news conference in Louisville, where he presented taxpayers with a massive mock check for $500,000.
“I hope this sets an example for the rest of government — at all levels,” he added. “We can carry out our duties in a fiscally responsible way. Government can be both smart and efficient. We are proving that — and trying to convince the rest of Washington.”
Mitt Romney has taken both Iowa and now New Hampshire.
Ron Paul has garnered the second spot, and Jon Hunstman will draw the third spot.
Romney’s troops are already acknowledging that the January 21st primary in South Carolina will be a battleground. Candidates such as Rick Perry and Rick Santorum believe they have a great appeal to the voters in the Palmetto State.
As the people of Iowa go to their caucus meetings in about 48 hours, the first votes of the 2012 Presidential Campaign primary season will be cast. According to the polls reported by the Des Moines Register, Gov. Mitt Romeny leads the GOP field, with Rep. Dr. Ron Paul in second (within the margin of error), and Rick Santorum surging ahead of Newt Gingrich into the third slot.
The talking heads today have said that the storylines on Wednesday will be “who is Santirum”, not becuase of a win, but because of where he will actually place in the caucus’. And he will become the newest target.
So how do you see the Iowa Caucus, NH Primary, SC Primary, and Florida Primary playing out?
As the debate in Iowa begins, and Ron Paul is surging in the polls in Iowa, could he possibly take the GOP nomination in Tampa next year?:
Ron Paul has a 7.5 percent likelihood of winning the Republican nomination, based on data from prediction markets. That puts him in 3rd place, behind Mitt Romney at 47.7 percent and Newt Gingrich at 33.7 percent, but ahead of Jon Huntsman at 5.4 percent.
Real Clear Politics has Paul at 9.3 percentage points in its latest aggregated poll trend for the Republican primary. Among active candidates, that puts him 3rd behind Gingrich at 33.3 percentage points and Romney at 22.0 percentage points. The prediction markets and polls paint a picture of the race for the Republican nomination that contrasts with many indicators talked about on the internet.