Presidential Campaign

Ron Paul

On March 12, 2007, Paul officially announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination in 2008. Not many well-known politicians supported him, and the mainstream media mostly disregarded his campaign.

Nonetheless, he drew a fiercely devoted grassroots fan base that engaged with him via online social media. Paul’s name was the most searched phrase on in May 2007, just after the first televised primary debates.

Paul’s team also claimed that he had more YouTube channel subscribers than Barack Obama or any other presidential contender. As the primary season went before the Iowa caucuses in 2007, Paul raised more money through fundraising than any other Republican contender during the fourth quarter of 2007.

Paul established an official exploratory committee in late April 2011 and emerged victorious in multiple preliminary straw polls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on May 13, 2011, he formally announced his campaign. He also took part in the first Republican presidential debate on May 5, 2011.

In the 2011 Ames Straw Poll, he came in second, 0.9% behind first. In a June 2011 interview, Paul said he would think about Andrew Napolitano, a former judge on the New Jersey Superior Court, as his running mate if he were nominated.