Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, tied with President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup, according in a new Rasmussen survey. Paul's strength was among independents, who favored him over Obama 47 to 28 percent. However, only 42 percent of Republican voters had a favorable view of Paul, whose libertarian leanings are sometimes at odds with GOP policies, including the war in Iraq. Last weekend Paul came in second in the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference meeting (narrowly edged by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney).