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Paul To Announce Presidential Campaign Friday

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will launch his third presidential bid Friday.(Chet Susslin)

May 12, 2011
On Wednesday, he tweeted his two latest blows against what he views as an overreaching government arm: a bill that would allow for interstate distribution of unpasteurized milk and another that would promote the production of industrial hemp. And after a week of waffling on the death of Osama bin Laden (Paul has previously stated his disgust for military action that defies international law), the congressman also came out against President Obama's handling of the issue, saying he would not have ordered the raid that killed the world's most wanted terrorist. Paul's views, which include support for the decriminalization of heroin and prostitution, suggest he'll have a hard time drumming up mainstream support. (In his 1988 bid, he received less than one percent of the vote nationwide.) Still, his diehard supporters are already making him a formidable player in the fundraising game, and some are going so far as to move to New Hampshire in a "free state" movement which, while not overtly aimed at aiding Paul, could certainly have collateral benefits. -- Updated at 1:30 p.m.
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