Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Friday that he was officially running for president.
“Today, and at this moment, I’m officially announcing that I am a candidate for president in the Republican primary,” he said. “Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years. So, I think the time is right.”
“Why not run as an independent, given your differences with the Republicans on so many issues?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Because we don’t have true democracy in this country. We lose lives going overseas, spreading our goodness and great democracy and we orchestrate elections. We don’t like them, we void them. We ignore them — I’m saying — if we don’t get the people we support and the people the CIA supports. But running as an independent here is just about impossible, unless you’re a billionaire like Ross Perot. You don’t get on the base. If I was an independent, George, you would not have me on this program this morning,” Paul explained.
Watch this video from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast May 13, 2011.
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."
Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."