- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul on Monday celebrated his victory in a Republican presidential straw poll, saying he has captured the imagination of people weary of U.S. military involvement in global conflicts and worried about the economy.

Mr. Paul, Texas Republican, told NBC’s “Today” show his candidacy is a response to “endless, undeclared, unwinnable wars dumped on the young people” and a soaring national debt.

The 75-year-old congressman said he doesn’t believe he’s too old to be president, saying he thinks young.

Mr. Paul won a GOP straw poll at a weekend Republican conference, garnering 612 votes, far ahead of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who got 382 votes. Mr. Huntsman is expected to enter the race later this week.

Mr. Paul said the United States “shouldn’t be warmongers. We shouldn’t be the policemen of the world.”