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The “Dr. No” of American politics — two-time Presidential loser Ron Paul — wants his third strike at national office, planning to announce yet another doomed run for the White House Friday.
Polls show the 75-year-old Texas Congressman doesn’t stand a chance of winning the GOP Presidential nomination but that won’t stop him from running again, energizing his rapid legion of followers or muddying up a Republican field of candidates that is already overrun with long-shot fringe candidates.
“He’s an authentic nut,” says Democratic consultant Jeff Crosby, a native of Paul’s coastal Texas Congressional district, tells The Associated Press. “He says what he’s going to do, regardless of how nutty or ineffective it may be.”
Paul failed — by a long shot — to win the Presidency as a Libertarian Candidate in 1988 and failed again to win the GOP nomination in 2008. He has a record of raising a respectable sum of money in his national campaign and then converting that money to other uses after his campaign fails.
But that doesn’t stop his true-believer followers from rallying to his out-of-the-mainstream political ideas. Paul, among other things, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and return the American dollar to the gold standard.
While his ideas register with fringes, his appeal does not extend to mainstream voters. High Times Magazine — which advocates the legalization of marijuana, put Paul on its cover and called him the “Pro-Pot Presidential Candidate.”