Supported severalantigun laws includingthe infamous Lautenberg gunban as well as "safe zones."Refused to return NationalAssociation for Gun Rightspresidential survey.In 1994, said "I don'tline up with the NRA."Signed the nation's first banon assault weapons in Massa-chusetts and steeply increasedfees on gun owners by 400%.Has the highestpossible score fromthe GOA, who say Ron Paul isa "powerful advocate for the2nd Amendment" and that hehas been one of the mostconsistent defenders of the2nd Amendment in Congress.Said "Ron Paul, on the issue ofmoney and the FederalReserve, has been right for 25years." Agrees with Ron Paul’sposition to audit the FederalReserve (the Fed.)Did not think the Fed shouldbe audited. In 2011, said“(Fed Chairmen) Bernanke isdoing a good job." Now sayshe agrees with Ron Paul thatthe Fed should be audited.A partial audit that Paulpushed for revealed the Fedgave out $16 trillion in secretloans to U.S. and foreignbanks. Paul has introducedlegislation to bring full trans-parency to the Fed.Gingrich stated that, if he werein the House, he would havereluctantly supported thebailout -- and supported priorbailout of Savings & Loansunder Clinton. Gingrich madecomments expressing that hesupported the general idea ofa stimulus, but not the one thatwas enacted.Romney said in March 2009that the bailout was necessary,and in 2010 that “It was theright thing to do.” He declaredin 2008, “this is surely the timefor economic stimulus.” Laterwriting in his book that “The‘all-Democrat’ stimulus thatwas passed in early 2009 willaccelerate the timing of thestart of the recovery.”Ron Paul strongly opposed thebailout and the stimulus, votingagainst both. Paul stated thatit was just propping up WallStreet by dumping the bills onMain Street. He argued thatyou don’t solve a problemcaused by printing money anddebt with more printing moneyand debt.Said he was aware of thebubble prior to the collapse,but did not notify the public.Instead, was hired by the headof Freddie Mac's LobbyingOperations and was paid $1.8million for his “consulting”between 2000-2008. Justafter his contract endedFreddie Mac received a $170billion taxpayer-funded bailout.As Governor, Romney aggres-sively promoted policies thatwere contributing to the badassets on the books of FannieMae and Freddie Mac. Heproclaimed in a 2004 pressrelease "fair and affordablehousing should be a right, nota privilege." He then pledgedroughly $350 million in stateand federal funds to assistlow-income borrowers withspecial mortgage financing.Paul accurately predicted thehousing bubble in a speechbefore Congress in 2001.Stated that governmentbacked loans, such as thosefrom Freddie Mac, wereresponsible for the bubble. Hiswarnings went unheeded andwere considered fringe ideas-- every expert now agreesthat Paul was correct.
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