Rep. Paul enters presidential fray

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced his second bid for the presidency yesterday, joining fellow long-shot Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in the presidential field.

Paul ran as a Libertarian in 1988, taking half of one percent of the national vote as the top third-party vote-getter. A GOP congressman in the late 1970s and early ’80s, he rejoined the House in 1997, again as a Republican.

He announced his candidacy on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program yesterday morning.
Paul, a critic of the war in Iraq, said he would run for his House seat simultaneously, closing the door on the possibility of an open seat.