Once a fringe candidate, Paul shaping 2012 race

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, reaches out towards Caroline, 1, daughter of his campaign manager Jesse Benton, center, before he spoke at a campaign event at a hotel in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

August 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Ron Paul, once seen as a fringe candidate and a nuisance to the establishment, is shaping the 2012 Republican primary by giving voice to the party's libertarian wing and reflecting frustration with the United States' international entanglements.