Rep. Ron Paul will reportedly announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday in Iowa, according to multiple news organizations.
Should the Texan ultimately enter the GOP field in 2012, it would be his third presidential bid. He ran as a Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and was unsuccessful in seeking the GOP nomination in 2008. Both attempts were long shots: He won 0.5 percent of the total votes in 1988, and he failed to win any primaries or caucuses in 2008.
Paul was first elected to Congress by special election in early 1976, but he failed to win a full term later that year. He found success two years later, returning to the House in 1979, then lost his seat again when he made an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1984. His next Congressional campaign wasn’t until 1997, when voters returned him to the House, and he has been elected to the seven succeeding Congresses.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.