Ron Paul has told Sean Hannity that although he has no plans to run as a third party presidential candidate in 2012, he won’t rule the possibility out. Clearly that’s far from a firm show of interest from the candidate, but it does seem that he might be inching towards at least an acceptance of the possibility.
There has been a growing clamour from both left and right for a third party to come in and shake up the (in the view of many rather dire) two party system in Washington. As things stand, voters have a choice between two parties (Democrats and Republicans) who are almost the same in many crucial areas.
Could Ron Paul win the White House as a third party candidate? History tells us to not entirely rule out such things, even if they seem impossible. And America seems to be in such a strange mood right now, it’s hard to predict what could happen between now and the elections in twelve months’ time.
If Ron Paul did enter the election, though, and if he could get sufficient media attention, he could really shake things up. And if there’s one thing that American politics needs right now, it’s to be shaken up a bit. I’d argue that you don’t need to be a Ron Paul supporter to think it would be a huge boost to American democracy to see the man run as a third party candidate. Such things have to be possible.