Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican known for his staunch libertarian views, announced today he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee.
This marks Paul’s third bid for the presidency. He first ran in 1988 and again in 2008, winning a small but enthusiastic group of supporters among the GOP electorate.
Part of Paul’s fervent support in 2008 was grounded in college-aged voters, a constituency that also largely favored Barack Obama. In this campaign, the 75-year-old Paul said today, Mr. Obama won’t be able to hang on to the youth vote.
“I think that Obama will not be able to hang on to that enthusiasm of the young people because of what’s happened in the last couple years,” Paul said in Des Moines, Iowa, after his exploratory committee was announced.
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