UPDATE: In the comments, Gene Berkman pointed out that the Daily Paul story was actually from 2008. I relied on my intermediate source, and while I did go back to the original source and read it, I did not notice the date. My apologies. If anyone has any 2012 information about Ron Paul giving a definite yes or no to a third party or independent run, please post that information and your source in the comments.
Ron Paul will not run as a third party candidate. I was on his national conference call last night and he said himself, “we don’t want to lose my congressional seat”. He said he would continue in the Republican Presidential primary as long as the money and support are there, just like he’s been saying. But he very specifically mentioned his congressional seat and he was taking care of various votes and other business in congress the last couple days to ensure he would be ready for the primary vote for his seat in Texas next month. Texas has the “LBJ” law which allows anyone to run for congress and President at the same time. This is what Dr. Paul is doing and he cannot run as a third party candidate for President while running as a Republican for congress, the Texas Republican party would toss him out. So forget any talk about a third party run! It’s collect as many delegates as possible, get Dr. Paul a prime time speech during the RNC and get as much into the Republican platform as possible. End of story, that’s what we have to concentrate on.
At Salon, Alex Pareene writes
, Paul is headed to Iowa, to deliver one of those speeches that candidates have to give,
it is bad news for every other fringe candidate who hoped to be 2012’s Ron Paul. Dave Weigel already pointed out the obvious loser: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
Like Ron Paul, the 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Johnson has been a dues paying Libertarian Party member who continues to consider himself a libertarian while contemplating a likely race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Ron Paul remains a life member of the Libertarian Party, saying recently that “I believe the Libertarian Party has done a great service in promoting the libertarian philosophy, and I continue to have many friends and supporters in the Libertarian Party…”
In 2008, Paul endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin for President in the General Election, after appearing on stage with Baldwin, Ralph Nader, and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney to support the common goals of addressing the problems of war, debt, government violations of privacy and the federal reserve system. Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr said he agreed with those goals, but refused to be on stage with “people like” Cynthia McKinney.
More recently, Paul and Nader have had joint media appearances regarding a coalition against war and corporatism, and there had been speculation that Paul might run on an independent or third party ticket, perhaps with someone like Nader, McKinney, or Democratic Congressman and former presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.