Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue. [112], Paul's results then declined, despite the withdrawal of candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group. [231] They met in 1952 when Wells asked Paul to be her escort to her 16th birthday party. [10] At both the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions, Paul received the second-highest amount of delegates behind only McCain and Romney respectively. During his first term, Paul founded the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), a non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting principles of limited government and free-market economics. [49] Paul was kept off the ballot in Missouri, due to what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch termed a "technicality," and received votes there only when written in,[50] just as he did in North Carolina. [68] However, he attracted an intensely loyal grassroots following,[69] interacting through internet social media. [citation needed] Paul is quoted as stating "America [should] not interfere militarily, financially, or covertly in the internal affairs of other nations", while advocating "open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations". He says that to compensate for eliminating the "hidden tax"[54] of monetary inflation, Congress and the president would instead have to raise taxes or cut government services, either of which could be politically damaging to their reputations. [173] 3113: Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act of 2000", "House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites", "SAFE Act of 2007 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)", "Ron Paul Breaks with Mitt Romney: 'People are Individuals ... Not Companies, "Ron Paul: Maybe Wikileakers Are 'True Patriots, "H.R. Following the debate, Paul was criticized by some political commentators for his refusal to yield in his opposition to the 2010 health insurance reform law ("Obamacare"), which prohibits insurers from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, when it was pointed out that Paul's 2008 presidential campaign chair and friend had contracted a sudden severe illness necessitating a prolonged hospital stay before dying. "[150], He has been nicknamed "Dr. No," reflecting both his medical degree and his insistence that he will "never vote for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. ", "Audience at tea party debate cheers leaving uninsured to die", "Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act", "Libertarian candidate in '88, Paul eyes GOP nomination", "Public letter by Congressman Ron Paul on the World Trade Organization", Dennis Kucinich asked about Ron Paul on Free Minds TV, "Entangling Alliances Distort our Foreign Policy", "Key Vote (How all members voted): Authorization for Use of Military Force", "Statement Opposing the use of Military Force against Iraq", "Paul offers President New Tool in the War on Terrorism", "Establish a sunset for the authorization for the use of military force against Iraq resolution", "2008 Presidential Candidates' Views on the Middle East: Ron Paul", "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement- Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul", "Ron Paul: U.S. [177], Citing the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, Paul advocates states' rights to decide how to regulate social matters not cited directly by the Constitution. 2592), an attempt to stop the federal government from preempting states' medical marijuana laws. In 2005, Paul voted against restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing stories from around the world, delivered to your inbox every weekday. You can make a huge impact in the war against fake news by pledging as little as $5 per month. [33][34] In 1984, Paul became the first chairman of the Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE),[3] a conservative political group founded by Charles and David Koch "to fight for less government, lower taxes, and less regulation." [248][250][258][259][260], Paul has long opposed government funding of medical research. "[206], Following the Orange Revolution in 2004, which overthrew Viktor Yanukovych's government in favor of Viktor Yushchenko's government, Ron Paul—through statements in Congress in December 2004 and later his Institute for Peace and Prosperity—was very critical of the National Endowment for Democracy and its National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, calling them prominent supporters of the removal of Yanukovich from power. "[177], Paul has asserted that a right to privacy in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects the use of contraceptives[178][179] and that the Interstate Commerce Clause protects the sale of contraceptives. [189], Paul sought in the 1980s and 1990s to eventually abolish all public schools;[190][191][192][193] but by the 2008 presidential election campaign, he had adopted a more moderate stance. Res. When asked specifically whether the man should just be left to die, Paul then replied that he should not be left to die, but should be able to rely on the kindness of neighbors, friends, churches, and charities, as would have occurred back when Paul worked in a church charity hospital early in his career, at a time when healthcare paid for by the government was not available. [355] He has also voted against the Australia–U.S. We send almost twice as much aid to other countries in the Middle East, which only insures increased militarization and the drive toward war. He ran on a platform that included non-interventionism in foreign conflicts, decriminalization … "[28] Texas Monthly awarded him the "Bum Steer" award for voting against a congressional honor for cartoonist Charles Schulz, but also noted, "When he was criticized for voting against the [Parks] medal, he chided his colleagues by challenging them to personally contribute $100 to mint the medal. Maybe they're not covering us fairly. The U.S. military is currently being used as the enforcement arm of the United Nations. Those Americans who do not wish to interact with a country whose model of governance they oppose are free to boycott. "[5], In January 2008, Paul released an economic revitalization plan[6] and named Peter Schiff and Donald L. Luskin as economic advisors to his campaign. I don't fully endorse him for president. (He went on to explain that there were no government loans when he went to school, yet education costs were much lower and he was able to finance his medical school education by obtaining private loans through the medical school. The Commission also recommended that the federal government "restore a definition for the term 'dollar'. [304], Paul has also stated that "The government shouldn't be in the medical business." [171] Paul explained that although he found the very thought of sex-selective abortions revolting, he could not support the measure because it would be unconstitutional and would create "yet another set of federal criminal laws, even though the Constitution lists only three federal crimes: piracy, treason, and counterfeiting. He says that only individuals have rights; people are individuals, not groups or companies. In the announcement of the ended relationship, Paul said, "But the message I have always tried to deliver over the years has always been the same, and that is spreading the message of liberty. ", "Opportunities for Peace and Nonintervention", "Ron Paul Responds to President Obama's Middle East Speech", "Shut Down the TSA! "[167], Paul has been married to Carol (Carolyn) Wells since 1957. It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic.

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