Since Ron Paul is older than Newt Gingrich, when the civil libertarian announced his candidacy for President of the United States this morning he didn't do it on that new-fangled Twitter box, he did it like a real Amurcan: He went on Good Morning America. Great. Does this mean we're going to be bombarded with comments from his disciples again like we were last election cycle?
The 75-year-old Paul, whose libertarian views and outspoken criticism of American foreign and monetary policy has often put him at odds with the GOP, made his announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America." Paul is expected to repeat his announcement of candidacy later Friday at a campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he's also expected to receive several endorsements.
This is Paul's third bid for the White House. He ran as a libertarian in 1988 and for the Republican nomination four years ago. His campaign in the last presidential election raised eyebrows, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of his legions of supporters, and thanks to his online fundraising prowess.
I'm not sure which part of the CNN clip that's after the jump I love more. Paul's stumped look when the ABC host asks him why he's running or that CNN's anchor says he announced "the old fashioned way" by going on national television. Because that's what Lincoln did, you know.