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January 31, 2012 | By Megan Garvey
With nearly 100% of the votes counted in the Florida primary, Ron Paul trails far behind the leaders with about 7% of ballots counted. And his avid supporters are mad -- on Twitter, at least. The source of their anger appears to be something that took place Saturday in another Southern state, the Tennessee straw poll. In the survey, taken by the Tennessee Republican Assembly, Paul was backed by 63% of the 316 voters who participated. MOOD METER: Track the nation's mood on the candidates Paul's campaign website wrote about the results under the headline: "In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Wins Tennessee Presidential Straw Poll.
January 7, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Saturday night's presidential debate in New Hampshire had been an acidic contest almost from the opening bell, but it took a particularly nasty turn about a half hour in when Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul shared a bitter exchange about military service. The spat was triggered by a past comment of Paul's labeling Gingrich a “chicken hawk” because he didn't serve in Vietnam. Paul served as a flight surgeon during the conflict, having been drafted. "I think people who don't serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments aren't -- they -- they have no right to send our kids off to war, and -- and not be even against the wars that we have," Paul said.
February 21, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
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.
May 13, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
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.
December 21, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Texas Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign is out with a new ad today featuring former patients of Paul, who as an OB-GYN has delivered more than 4,000 babies. The 60-second Web video features Laura Mays and three other former patients of Paul's medical practice in Brazoria County, Texas. They attest to Paul's character as a doctor and as a politician. "Some people need to have a good word said about them," Mays says. “Ron is the sort of person that, his life is his good word.” Kara Gore, another former patient, says Paul “not only protects unborn life, but he also walks through journeys with women.” The ad is an attempt to highlight Paul's opposition to abortion, a position that is often overshadowed by his libertarian-style views on monetary and foreign policy.
January 26, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Ron Paul took a risky position in Florida in Thursday's debate, calling for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people's positions have changed dramatically over the last few years. Paul said that Cuba isn't going to invade the U.S. any time soon, and that Americans weren't looking under their beds anymore, worried. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich followed by pledging to continue the economic embargo on Cuba and to take any action short of military invasion to upend the government of Raul Castro.
June 20, 2012 | By Morgan Little
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.
August 18, 2011 | By James Oliphant
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 | By Morgan Little, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
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 | By Robin Abcarian and Kim Geiger
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...
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