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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.

The most important word in Rand Paul’s attack on Hillary Clinton

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

Paul contrasts his foreign policy with Clinton’s “interventionism.“

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Isolationist ideologue Rand Paul spouts off again

The isolationist ideologue won’t let reality get in the way.

Ron Paul is no Kurt Cobain, despite what Kennedy says

We are matching politicians with bands today, apparently.

It’s cool to be a libertarian — whatever that means

(Robert F. Bukaty / AP)

Ideologically, “libertarians” look surprisingly like the rest of us.

 

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