Robert Paul, a family doctor, told the Forth Worth (Texas) Star Telegram he has thought about running for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, who plans to leave the Senate when her term expires in January 2013.
"I am very happy as a physician, but [I] have a lot of concern about the debt," Robert Paul, who lives in Fort Worth and runs a family practice in Benbrook, said.
Robert Paul hasn't begun raising money, falling behind other potential candidates such as former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert who has raised about $1.1 million, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz who has more than $1 million, and former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams of Arlington who has raised more than $500,000, the newspaper said.
"It will take millions and millions, really tens of millions, to capture a Texas Senate seat," said Larry Sabato, a political analyst and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. "A million sounds like a lot to most of us, but it's barely the entry fee to make the race. Just a down payment."