TIME: Twelve for '12: A Dozen Republicans Who Could Be the Next President
With the GOP's presidential-primary fight fast approaching, TIME looks at the prospective contenders to take on Barack Obama
Opposed to foreign military intervention and major free-trade deals, Paul's isolationism has put him at odds with the majority of his party. Some of his economic prescriptions, like returning currency to the gold standard and eliminating the Federal Reserve, have proved too extreme for some GOPers. If he launches another presidential campaign, Paul can once again expect to face criticism over the disparaging comments about African Americans and gays that once appeared in his newsletters.