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Ron Paul says he won’t rule out a third party run

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.

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6 thoughts on “Ron Paul says he won’t rule out a third party run

  1. So Obama gets 37% of the vote. Romney or whoever gets 35%, and Paul gets 27%?

    62% Vote for a Candidate other than Obama, but Obama still wins?
    Are we in Europe? How is that for Democracy in Action? Under this system, it would be nearly impossible for an Incumbent Party to lose. How about 10 opposition vs. 1 Incumbent?
    A multi-Party system where you no longer need to win on your merits, but how many parties you’re are splitting your voter base with.

    Ron Paul has said repeatedly that he is not thinking about it. I believe him. The only reason this is a story is because in an Interview where he would not paint himself into a corner.

    That said, Ron Paul 2012.

    Posted by Tallahasee Slim | November 19, 2011, 10:52 pm
    • generally, if there is no plurality (50% or grater) then it goes to a runoff election, dropping those candidates that did not meet a minimum level of support.

      Posted by Derek | November 20, 2011, 5:53 am
      • And in the case of a presidential election, Congress votes on the top 3 electoral vote getters. Paul would have to win a few states and Obama to get 270 or less of the Electoral Votes for that to happen. At that point the Republican Nominee would likely win because Congress is quite Republican right now.

        Posted by Crayton | November 25, 2011, 4:00 pm
  2. He said he isn’t considering it and has no intentions. Way to twist his words.

    Posted by chase | November 20, 2011, 3:31 pm
  3. Ron is brilliant. Have you ever heard there is no “bad press”? Every time someone tries to make him pledge that he will not run third party, he says “I have no plans to do that… that wouldn’t make any sense”, or something similar. And so we have another article on Ron Paul. Keep pouring water on that gasoline fire and watch it spread!

    I’m still waiting for the stories about Rick Perry making a third party bid… or Newt… or Cain… or ROMNEY! Mitt’s been the “frontrunner” all this time since the MSM has repeatedly proclaimed it as far back as when he finished 7th in the Iowa straw poll (he never participates if he thinks he won’t do well). I’m sure he has his heart set on getting the nomination. I can easily imagine him not wanting to give up when Ron crushes him in the actual primaries and caucuses!

    g

    Posted by glenn | November 21, 2011, 11:23 pm
  4. No matter where Ron Paul is on the ballot, I will vote for him. If he is not on the ballot, I will write him in. He’s as close to the Founding Fathers as we have today, and I want him for President.

    Posted by Nina | November 23, 2011, 4:06 am

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