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Friday, January 12, 2007
Texas congressman files presidential exploratory papers
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, formed a presidential exploratory committee Thursday, a spokesman for the congressman tells CNN.

The spokesman, Kent Snyder, says that the congressman has not announced his bid for the White House, but is "exploring the feasibility of a presidential run."

Snyder said Paul has no timeframe as to when he will make a final decision about running for president, but added that it will take "take several months for us to see what kind of support is out there."

Paul filed his presidential exploratory committee with the state of Texas, not with the Federal Election Commission. He will not file officially with the FEC unless he decides to officially become a candidate, Snyder added.

Paul was the 1988 Libertarian nominee for president, but would seek the Republican nomination in 2008 should he decide to run. He was elected to his 9th full term in November 2006, and has served in Congress off and on since 1976.

-- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon
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