By Catalina Camia
April 6th 2011
Rep. Ron Paul says he'll make a decision on a 2012 presidential race "within a month or so" and plans for now to stick with the Republican Party.
The Texas congressman, who gained an ardent following with his 2008 bid, made his comments Tuesday night on the Alex Jones radio show.
"We're getting awfully close," Paul said, noting, "There are just a few other things I have to iron out personally to make my final decision."
Jones asked Paul whether he would leave the GOP and run as an independent. It's not an unusual question, since Paul has sought the White House as the Libertarian Party's nominee. The idea probably gained some currency this week after former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura said he'd be Paul's running mate if he ran as an independent.
For now, Paul is staying put. "Right now I am still a Republican congressman," he said, but he didn't rule out a change in the future.
The 2012 presidential race has gotten off to a much slower start this election cycle. President Obama formally launched his re-election bid Monday. Ex-Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is the only major GOP candidate to have formed an exploratory committee.