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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.
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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.
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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.
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December 29, 2011 | By Paul West
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.
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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.
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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.
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January 8, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
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January 2, 2012 | By James Oliphant
While other candidates were speaking at coffeehouses and diners on the day before the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul was greeted by a crowd of 500 and scores of national media who packed a downtown hotel ballroom for a morning event. “This is almost like a real rally,” the Republican presidential hopeful exclaimed. “This is great!” Polls show Paul in a position to pull off an upset victory in the caucuses Tuesday night, an accomplishment that, if it happens, would amount to one extremely sharp stick in the eye of the GOP establishment.
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August 24, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - The first day of Paul Festival, a three-day celebration of Ron Paul and the movement he led, kicked off Friday with a sparsely attended gathering in the cavernous hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Organizers had initially hoped 40,000 would attend the three-day event, but are now hoping for 5,000, attributing the smaller numbers to Paul throwing his own rally on Sunday and the possibility of inclement weather. On Friday afternoon, hundreds listened to bands and speakers, and meandered through an exhibition hall that featured not only vendors hawking Paul gear and gold, but also booths for the John Birch Society, Scientology and a three-day “Ron Paul Cruise 2013” to the Bahamas.
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August 28, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - Ron Paul supporters at the Republican National Convention erupted in fury Tuesday over decisions that weakened their delegate count and other rule changes that will make it harder for non-establishment candidates in future elections. Several members of the Maine delegation walked out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum after the convention affirmed the GOP's decision to replace 10 of Maine's 24 delegates. “It's a disgusting, disgusting display of a hostile takeover from the top down,” said Ashley Ryan, 21, a Maine delegate.
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