Once a Fringe Candidate, Paul Shaping 2012 Race

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Once seen as a fringe candidate, the Texas congressman is giving
voice to the party's libertarian wing and reflecting a frustration
with the United States' international entanglements.
Paul placed second in a key early test vote Saturday, coming
within 152 votes of winning the Iowa straw poll in Ames. He is
boasting an organizational strength he lacked four years ago during
his first shot at the GOP nomination.
Paul retooled his focus on social issues like abortion to set
himself up as a serious player in Iowa, where evangelicals hold
great sway.
He's also sticking with his message of liberty and limited
government, hoping to attract tea partyers who have yet to rally
behind a single candidate.

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