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Ron Paul To Join 2012 White House Race Today

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the GOP congressman with "libertarian leanings, is expected to announce Tuesday in Des Moines that he's forming a presidential exploratory committee," The Des Moines Register writes.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2011. Laura Segall/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix on Feb. 26, 2011.

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As Politico reports, "the Texas congressman confirmed his plans Monday night on Fox News, after news reports of his plans for a late-afternoon announcement in Des Moines had circulated online hours earlier. A Paul source told Politico that he'll also roll out his campaign team for the first-in-the-nation caucus state Tuesday."

While on Fox News' Hannity, Paul and the show's host disagreed on Islam's threat to the United States. Politico says that Paul "dismissed Sean Hannity's fear that Sharia law is coming to the United States."

Paul was the 1988 Libertarian Party candidate for president. In 2008, he went after the GOP nomination. His son, Republican Rand Paul, was elected to the Senate from Kentucky last year.

Our friend Frank James follows the 2012 campaign news over at It's All Politics.

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