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Rep. Ron Paul entered the 2012 presidential campaign in April, making it his third run for the White House. When he ran for president in 2008, he lost every single Republican primary. For nearly a decade, he wasn’t even a member of the GOP.

But a combination of timing, technology and four decades of political activism on the conservative fringe have turned Paul into a sort of icon with an activist networking and a fundraising list that puts those of his colleagues to shame. In July 2011, Paul announced he would not seek reelection in 2012 regardless of the outcome of the presidential race.

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Former Iowa state senator pleads guilty in Ron Paul endorsement-for-pay scheme

(Charlie Neibergall / AP)

The switch, and the charges that followed, roiled the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012.

Ron Paul is no Kurt Cobain, despite what Kennedy says

We are matching politicians with bands today, apparently.

Rand and Ron Paul’s family business

(LUCAS JACKSON / REUTERS)

Rand Paul relies on his father’s team as he tries to expand his base of support and donors.

Ron Paul touts Rand as a presidential ‘frontrunner’

(Robert F. Bukaty / AP)

Ron Paul says his son’s ascendance is a victory for his political movement.

Ron Paul thinks drug use is rampant inside prisons. He’s wrong.

Drug use in prisons is actually a small fraction of what it is outside.

 

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