June 27, 2011
When Ron Paul announced four years ago that he was running for president, the congressman from Texas had a tough time attracting attention.
Paul, known for his anti-government views, opposition to the Iraq, Afghan and Libyan conflicts and drive to get rid of the Federal Reserve, stayed in Washington to declare his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination on C-Span, the cable television station devoted to government proceedings. His entry earned a one-sentence mention near the end of a Washington Post political story, and little notice elsewhere.
Last month, his venue for announcing another presidential bid was an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America¯ ” a program with more than 4.5 million viewers. He spoke from a rally in New Hampshire, where hundreds of backers drawn to Paul’s message of shrinking government and limiting its reach cheered the 75-year-old great-grandfather.
“During the last campaign people weren’t too interested in what I was saying,¯ Paul said in an interview. “There’s some respect for it now.¯