Ron Paul Encourages Sarah Palin, Others, to Jump in 2012 Race

Ron Paul would consider Dennis Kucinich in his cabinet..

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As Sarah Palin mulls entering the GOP presidential primaries amid new polls showing her popularity still soaring, current Republican candidate Ron Paul urged her and others to jump in.

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Sizing up the field today, which the media has down to a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Paul said that the race in reality is still up in the air. "I would say that it's very likely that it's still in flux. The leaders today might not be the leaders next month," he said at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. [Read: Media Making GOP Race Romney-Perry Too Early.]

"There is no one person there, I think it's very much in flux, so I wouldn't be surprised to see other people come in," he added.

Only Palin remains the big name potential presidential candidate considering a bid. Others like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have ruled out running. [See photos of Palin and her family.]

Palin retains a strong supporter base and a McClatchy-Marist poll out today has Palin gaining on President Obama. She is now just five points behind Obama, 49-44 percent, and she is capturing independents.

Paul, who is third behind Romney and Perry in some polls, also addressed who he might consider in his cabinet if elected. Asked who he'd look for, Paul said, "people who agree with me." [Vote: Who is your pick for the GOP nomination?]

He said some would be liberal Democrats. Among the names: Former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich possibly in a top spot like State or Defense. Paul joked that Kucinich wants to the "Secretary of Peace." He added: "The Department of Peace is what he promotes. The Department of Peace. Believe me there is a lot more prosperity with peace."

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