December 29, 2011 |
Defending himself against charges of isolationism, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told voters in Iowa on Thursday that western sanctions against Iran are "acts of war" that are likely to lead to an actual war in the Middle East. Paul, one of the leading contenders to win next week's Iowa caucuses, said Iran would be justified in responding to the sanctions by blocking the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. He compared the western sanctions to a hypothetical move by China to block the Gulf of Mexico, which Americans would consider an act of war. He also said he would not respond militarily to keep the strait open - because he would not consider it an act of war against the U.S. But if he were president, he would report to Congress on the issue, leaving it up to lawmakers to declare war if they wanted.
May 13, 2011 |
Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, is running for president for a third time. The libertarian-leading congressman said in an interview Friday that voters are increasingly embracing his brand of conservatism “The people are agreeing with much I have been saying for 30 years,” Paul said, making his announcement from Manchester, N.H., on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” "The time is right. " Paul, 75, who has finished strongly in several Republican straw polls, has an ardent, if small, fan base.
February 21, 2012 |
If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are best buds these days. As Romney fights to stave off a potentially debilitating loss in Michigan's Feb. 28 primary, Paul is taking to the airwaves there with an ad that reinforces Romney's message that Rick Santorum betrayed conservative principles on spending when he served in Congress. "Is this dude serious? Fiscal conservative? Really?" the edgy 30-second spot says. It says Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling, doubled the size of the Education Department, and "supported the biggest entitlement expansion since the '60s," referring to the Medicare prescription drug plan.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Ron Paul, a staunch opponent of federal welfare programs, acknowledged Wednesday that he receives Social Security checks, shortly after advocating that younger generations opt out of the program. Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Paul was asked by Huffington Post's Sam Stein whether he should set an example for younger Americans and opt out of the program entirely. Paul, refusing the notion, compared the program to other common goods such as the post office.
September 27, 2011 |
If you are looking for signs of President Obama's vulnerability, there are plenty to be found in the latest CNN poll. But one number stands out: If that hypothetical election were held tomorrow, Obama would beat Ron Paul - yeah, that Ron Paul - by just four points. While it may be a sign that some voters are adopting an anybody-but-Obama attitude, that same poll shows Obama handily stomping candidates such as Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. And, truth be told, Obama still tops everyone in the GOP field with the exception of Mitt Romney, who runs even with the president.
August 18, 2011 |
Ron Paul doesn't seem too impressed with the big-talkin', big-walkin' governor of Texas. Speaking to volunteers for his presidential campaign in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Paul brought up the New New Thing in the GOP race, Rick Perry and his highly criticized remarks about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. ( Watch video below .) But Paul didn't mention Perry by name. In fact, he said he couldn't remember what it was. He called him "this other governor. " "He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too," Paul said.
June 19, 2012 |
Ron Paul's campaign plans to hold its own event prior to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., joining two other pro-Paul rallies seeking to preempt the GOP brouhaha. The campaign, announcing the event Monday, said it will take place Aug. 26, the day before the GOP is set to begin its proceedings. The location and specifics of the rally have not yet been revealed. Paul, while not in realistic contention for the GOP presidential nomination, will have a voice at the convention.
January 3, 2012 |
If Ron Paul's fervent supporters were disappointed in his third-place finish in Iowa, they certainly didn't show it. “Right now, I'm really excited,” said Cullen Comerford, a 19-year-old college student from Ft. Worth who was one of many young adults who trekked to Iowa from all over the country to help Paul in his battle for the GOP presidential nomination. Comerford has been in Iowa for a week, attending as many Paul rallies as...
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- As much as Mitt Romney might wish it, Ron Paul just won't go away. Paul, the Texas congressman with a passionate, libertarian-leaning following, created a stir Tuesday when he made two swings through the floor of the Republican National Committee, shaking hands and greeting supporters -- acting, in short, like a candidate for president. Perhaps more significantly, pro-Paul delegates announced that they had submitted nomination forms from six states that could require that his name be placed in nomination alongside Romney's.
January 8, 2012 |
Despite the sniping that went on early Sunday between rivals on the debate stage, Ron Paul didn't mention a single one of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination by name. Or even by inference. At a town hall meeting in a lakeside resort hotel in the afternoon, Ron Paul maintained his singular focus on his vision of a perfect, libertarian society. And the crowd, as always, ate it up. While many of his competitors have faced harsh inquisitions here in the Granite State, Paul's crowd was respectful and even a little worshipful as they hear him spin his view of the universe as it would be under a Ron Paul presidency.