Guide to Your Congressman: Ron Paul By Deena Shanker Table of Contents

Guide to Your Congressman: Ron Paul Table of Contents
By Deena Shanker

Table of Contents

I. Guide to Your Congressman: Ron
Paul
Introduction

Ron Paul: More Than Just The Wacky Uncle At The Table

Ron Paul on the Issues

Words of Wisdom From Ron Paul

Is Ron Paul A Racist?

Ron Paul Trivia

Conclusion

Sources & Additional Reading

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I.

Guide to Your
Congressman: Ron
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Introduction

This year’s Republican primary elections, a process that usually stretches across only a
few states, have now spanned more than ten states. The candidate pool has withered
from seven candidates to four: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman bowed
out early in the process and Herman Cain left the field before the first voters went to the
polls in Iowa. At the time this ebook was written, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt
Gingrich and Ron Paul were all still very much in the race. Though Romney was once
considered a shoo-in frontrunner, Santorum has gained on him, and Gingrich adamantly
refuses to step aside. But none of these candidates has captured young peoples’
attention nor generated the frenzy like Ron Paul.

This primary season each Republican candidate vying for the nomination has played a
specific part. Romney is the out of touch, wealthy, flip-flopping former governor of a state
with a health care system that was basically a blueprint for Obamacare. Santorum is the
anti-contraception, anti-pornography, Bible thumping conservative. Gingrich is the
grumpy and delusional insider who calls himself a cheerful reforming outsider. But among
all of these competitors, there shines a light of authenticity and likeability that is Ron Paul,
who has established himself as the wise, anti-war, anti-big government, completely bona
fide libertarian.

Paul is hugely popular among college students, largely due to his longtime opposition to
essentially all wars. His rallies are raucous events (especially compared to the sparsely
attended Romney gatherings), and his supporters are fervent. Yet, he cannot seem to
translate that kind of success into winning where it matters, at the polls.

Paul’s accomplishments in the primaries (or lack thereof) have been a much debated
topic. How could a candidate who came in second in the New Hampshire primary and
was a close third in in Iowa, and who always attracts large, loud, and excited crowds, be
trailing so far behind the other candidates in the all important delegate counts? (In order
to win the Republican nomination for President, a candidate must accumulate a total of
1,144 delegates.) Right now, Romney has 568 delegates, Santorum has 273, Gingrich has
135 and Paul has only 50.

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Though neither Paul nor his campaign team can answer that question, they are still proud
of how far they have come in this election. According to a recent article in the New York
Times, Paul’s team hopes to raise their delegate count to between 300 and 350 by the
time of August’s Republican convention. But even if that happened — and by all measures
that remains somewhat unlikely — Paul would not become the nominee. What will Paul do
at that point? He has had harsh words to say about Santorum and Gingrich and maintains
a friendship with Romney, so of all the candidates, Romney is the most likely to gain
Paul’s support. But all of this is speculation, and only time will tell who will prevail.

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Ron Paul: More Than Just The
Wacky Uncle At The Table

Early Life

Ronald “Ron” Ernest Paul was born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Though at
seventy-six Paul is the oldest candidate, his sprightly manner and sense of humor give
him a much younger demeanor.) The third of five sons, he grew up in Green Tree,
Pennsylvania, helping with his family’s dairy business and delivering newspapers. He was
also an accomplished high school athlete, playing football for his school’s team and
winning state championships in track as a junior. He continued in sports as a college
student.

In his last year earning his Bachelors of Sciences degree at Gettysburg College, Paul
married his high school sweetheart, Carol Wells. The newlyweds moved to Durham, North
Carolina where Paul attended medical school at Duke University. He and Carol then
moved again for his internship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
But when he finally finished in October 1962, he was informed by the government that he
could either be drafted for the Army or “volunteer” for military service in another branch.

Serving His Country As A Physician

Paul served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965. One of his jobs as a
surgeon was to certify pilots and sign their medical papers so that they could go fight in
Vietnam. This made a strong impression on Paul, who began to wonder what these young
men were doing all the way out there, in a different part of the world, putting their lives
on the line.

Paul would later recall the experience and the impact it made on his political views. “I
remember well when President Johnson announced a troops surge in Vietnam to hasten
victory… That went on for another decade and by the time we finally got out 60,000
Americans had died. God knows we should have gotten out ten years earlier.”

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Paul Enters Private Practice

After finishing in the Air Force, Paul served in the United States Air National Guard from
1965 to 1968 in Pittsburgh, where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and
gynecology at Magee Women’s Hospital. Afterwards, he and Carol moved to Texas. He
bought a practice in Brazoria, and settled his family in Lake Jackson, a town about fifty
miles south of Houston. He and Carol also started their own family, which would
eventually grow to include five children and eighteen grandchildren.

One of his sons, Dr. Rand Paul, has followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a Texas
Congressman, and now the junior Senator from Kentucky. He is also a prominent leader
of the Tea Party.

As a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Paul delivered more than four
thousand babies at his own practice. He eventually brought a partner into his practice,
but insisted that their operation always follow two rules. One, no abortions, and two, no
accepting federal money. Any patients relying on Medicare or Medicaid would receive
their treatment at no charge and would not be discriminated against in any way because
of it. He was opposed to federal controls over patient care being exerted by the Health
Maintenance Organizations and what he viewed as their undermining of a doctor’s ability
to treat a patient.

The Beginnings Of A Political Career

When he wasn’t delivering babies, Paul was studying Austrian economic principles, and
becoming concerned about the value and stability of the American dollar. When President
Nixon announced plans to impose wage and price controls, Paul began to seriously
consider entering politics himself. Upon seeing Nixon’s plans being embraced by
members of both parties, he became even more determined to throw his two cents into
the discussion. “I decided that someone in politics had to condemn the controls and offer
the alternative that could explain the past and give hope for the future: the Austrian
economists’ defense of the free market.”

Paul’s first run for office in 1974 was based on the same principles he still supports:
“Freedom, Honesty, and Sound Money.” But as a Republican running in a Democratic
district in the wake of Nixon’s Watergate scandal, Paul lost to the eight-term incumbent,
Democrat Robert Casey.

After this failed bid for Congress, though, Paul ran again in 1976 for the same seat in a
special election, and this time he was successful. (Casey had vacated the position after

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his appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission.) But this first foray into elected
office did not last long. Paul was merely serving the end of Casey’s term, and he lost the
following general election. Also that year, he was one of the few Republicans to endorse
Ronald Reagan for President, and he established the Foundation For Rational Economics
and Education (FREE).

Paul Finds His Political Stride (But Hits A Few Bumps Along The Way)

In 1978, Paul ran for his own post, won, and was twice re-elected. In Congress Paul
served on the House Banking Committee and advocated against the Federal Reserve’s
actions. He fiercely opposed policies like federal intervention in world markets, earning
himself the nickname of “Dr. No.” He was even invited to testify before the Senate
Banking Committee about his position against the routine funding of the International
Monetary Fund. As a freshman Congressman, this was an unprecedented event.

In the 1980s, Paul agreed with the Reagan economic theory of cutting taxes, but he also
broke with party lines by calling for cuts in spending as well. “Tax relief is important, but
members of Congress need to back up tax cuts with spending cuts,” Paul said. “True
fiscal conservatism combines both low taxes and low spending.” His advice met deaf
ears, though: under Reagan, the federal budget ballooned to almost twice its size, and
the deficit almost tripled.

In 1984, Paul ran for the United States Senate, but lost to Phil Gramm. His gave up his
seat in the House of Representatives, which went to Texan Tom DeLay. He returned to his
medical profession for a short time, but in 1988, Paul re-entered politics — this time,
though, as a libertarian, and not a Republican, running for President of the United States.
As a third party candidate, it is hard to believe he expected to actually win. But his run
was not entirely a failure: he pulled in over half of a million votes. He ran, and lost, again
as a Republican in 2008.

In 1996, Paul ran again for Congress as a Republican candidate. His opponent for the
party’s nomination, Greg Laughlin, was expected to win because of his strong financial
backing from the National Rifle Association and other similar organizations, as well as the
Republican party’s support. But Paul pulled it off, won his seat back, and hasn’t left the
House of Representatives since.

Paul Becomes A Vocal Opponent To American Military Intervention

As a libertarian Republican, Paul has always voiced his ideological opposition to sending
American troops into harms’ way when there is no threat to the American nation. In the

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Clinton administration, this meant that Paul was adamantly against dispatching American
soldiers into the Serbian-Bosnian war over Yugoslavia. He argued that by authorizing this
action, Congress had “allowed our foreign policy to be commandeered by international
bodies like NATO and the United Nations.”

Paul reasserted these beliefs in the run up to the Iraq war under Republican President
George W. Bush. He argued against the war passionately, insisting that Iraq, “an
impoverished third world nation 6,000 miles from our shores that doesn’t even possess
an army or a navy,” did not pose any threat to the United States. Paul was one of only six
members of the House of Representatives to vote against authorizing the President to
use force in Iraq. He reprimanded Congress for ceding its Constitutional power to declare
war to the President, saying his colleagues lacked “the political courage to call an
invasion of Iraq what it really is: a war.”

He is also advocates for immediate withdrawal of the American military from
Afghanistan. In a May 2011 Republican primary debate, Paul clearly articulated his
vision for American policy in Afghanistan, drawing stark differences between himself and
the other candidates. “[Bin Laden] wasn't caught in Afghanistan. Nation-building in
Afghanistan and telling those people how to live and getting involved in running their
country hardly had anything to do with finding the information where he was being held in
a country that we give billions of dollars of foreign aid to, at the same time we are
bombing that country.” The crowd responded with its first applause of the night.

Paul Is A Frequent Author

While serving in Congress, Paul also became a published author, penning several books
voicing his opinions on government spending. In 1981, he published Gold, Peace and
Prosperity: The Birth of A New Currency, and shortly thereafter The Case for Gold: A
Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission in 1982. In 1983’s Abortion and Liberty, Paul
made clear his stances on reproductive rights and the role of the federal government.
Paul has since written a number of books, most recently Liberty Defined, published in
2011.

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Ron Paul on the Issues

What Is Libertarianism?

In order to understand Ron Paul’s positions on today’s major issues, it’s important to
acquaint yourself with the basic tenets of libertarianism. Though there is certainly overlap
between the stances of mainstream Republicanism and libertarianism on issues likes
taxes, foreign policy, and social issues, there are also significant divergences. As a
libertarian, Paul has distinguished himself from his candidates on many of these central
questions.

Libertarianism is based on the belief in the basic right of an individual to his life and
property. As long as a person respects other people’s rights to the same, he/she is
entitled to the freedom to make all of their own choices. Put another way, “libertarians
believe you should be free to do as you choose with your own life and property, as long
as you don’t harm the person and property of other others.” If society would respect
these basic rules, libertarianism says, we would find peace, prosperity, justice, and
freedom.

How these beliefs manifest into firm positions is basically no (or very, very low) taxes, no
foreign aid, free markets. Government should not interfere in the markets through
regulation and should not continue to grow into a bureaucratic waste of taxpayer money.
For example, while libertarians are not anti-environment per se, they believe that an
agency like the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished because the
environment would be better protected through expanded property rights and non-
interference with the free market. It similarly believes in abolishing agencies and
government spending on programs like Medicare and Medicaid and Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac.

Policing crime is viewed as one of the few legitimate functions of a government, but
“capital punishment, victimless crimes, and drug laws are three things that should be
abolished.” What is a “victimless crime”? Anything that involves only consenting adults,
i.e. drugs, prostitution, and gambling.

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Libertarians are split on the issue of abortion because it recognizes that “ethical people
can disagree” on when life begins. However, most libertarians would still agree that the
government should not spend money either prohibiting or providing abortions.

Ron Paul’s Positions

Paul fully ascribes to these basic principles, and where he stands on today’s most
pressing and controversial issues reflects that.

The Economy: Paul believes that “excessive spending, artificial credit, and market
manipulation crashed our economy” and that the solution is to refuse to raise the debt
ceiling, end all unfunded programs and unnecessary regulation of small business and
entrepreneurs, and eliminate entirely taxes on income, capital gains, and estates.

National Security: Paul’s experience in the Air Force gives him a unique perspective on
the issue of the military and defense. While he believes that “national defense is the
single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government,”
he significantly breaks from the Republican record on American foreign policy. He
adamantly opposes sending American troops across the world to police countries and
problems that are not our own. He wants to end all nation building missions, cut off all
foreign aid, and build a more cost-effective military. Notably, Paul regularly voices his
opinion against the Patriot Act and the intelligence community’s ability to spy on private
citizens.

Health Care: Paul’s first career in medicine similarly offers him special insights into
health care policy. He believes the government has no role in regulating or subsidizing
the costs of medical care and that the health insurance industry should be governed by
the free market. However, Paul also seems to recognize the high cost of health care and
the challenges facing sick people in paying their medical bills. He advocates for an
elimination of the employee’s portion of payroll taxes while that employee is suffering
from a terminal illness or incurring high costs because of it.

Gun Rights: Paul is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. He believes in a
broad interpretation of the Constitutional right to bear arms, and has voted against every
piece of legislation that would infringe on those rights while in office.

Worker’s Rights: Paul reads the Constitutional freedom to association to allow private
sector unions, but also believes that American workers are forced to become union
members and pay dues just to secure a job in certain industries. He has proposed a
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Abortion: As mentioned above, there is not a unified libertarian stance on the question
of abortion. Paul is anti-choice, stating on his website that his “experience in science and
medicine only reinforced his belief that life begins at conception.” He references an
experience witnessing an abortion in medical school and its impact on his later practice,
which he says helped him realize that “his practice would focus on protecting life.”

“End the Fed:” Paul has long been known for his mantra to “end the Fed.” He views the
Federal Reserve, the national central bank, as a wayward teenager whose parents
(meaning, the federal government) have entrusted it with basically unlimited power over
the family finances.

Immigration: Although Paul is a strong advocate for a better response to U.S.
immigration problems, he disagrees with the tactics that have been used thus far. Paul
argues for not only enforcing border security instead of focusing on international
problems and refusing to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants currently on American soil
but also makes the bold case for ending birthright citizenship. According to Paul, “As long
as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll
never be able to control our immigration problem.” To his credit, he tempers these
policies with a promise to protect legal immigrants and streamline and ease the
immigration process.

Ron Paul’s Voting Record

Paul’s voting record is unsurprising when considered with his views and those of
libertarians generally. He is against federal spending in essentially all forms and he
believes in states’ rights to determine and legislate on most issues.

Name of Issue Legislation’s Highlights Paul’s
Legislation Vote

The Assisted The “assisted suicide” The bill maintained the ban on Nay
Suicide Bill issue, also known as the use of federal funds to assist
April 10,
“right to die,” concerns with suicide, euthanasia, or
1997
the situation of an mercy killing. It includes a
individual with a provision emphasizing that
terminal illness who hospitals are not required to
would like medical help inform patients of the option of

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to hasten death, rather assisted suicide.
than live through the
That Paul would vote for the
pain of a protracted
legislation is no surprise — he
disease.
does not support use of federal
funds for almost any reason.

Partial Partial birth or late- The bill would have made it illegal Yea
Birth/Late- term abortions are for doctors to perform an
September
Term Abortion usually performed only abortion method known as “intact
18, 1998
Bill in circumstances where dilation and extraction,” involving
the mother’s life is at the partial delivery of a fetus
risk late in the term of before it is aborted.
pregnancy. They are
A strong anti-choice advocate,
very controversial,
this was a clear decision for Paul.
largely due to the
imagery of an almost-
grown fetus that has
been aborted.

Juvenile Crime Though our country has This bill would have made it Nay
Bill not nationally debated easier for juveniles who
May 8,
this topic recently, committed violent offenses or
1997
there is a divide in certain drug crimes to be tried as
public opinion about adults.
trying juveniles as
This legislation would have
adults for violent
allowed the Attorney General to
crimes.
try a person as young as 13 years
old as an adult for a federal
offense. It would also have
opened up juvenile offenders
records to the same degree as
adult offenders records.

Changes in In certain Under this bill, married couples Yay

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Income Taxes circumstances, married received more than $182 billion
February
for Married couples filing joint tax in tax relief over ten years.
10, 2000
Couples returns would have
This is a typical tax-related vote
received less favorable
for Paul: lower taxes are good,
status than if they
higher taxes bad.
were filing separately.

HIV/AIDS By 2000, HIV/AIDS had Under this amendment, $40 Yay
Funding become a worldwide million of federal funds set aside
July 13,
Amendment scourge. for foreign military and anti-
2000
narcotics assistance was rerouted
to the Agency for International
Development Child Survival and
Disease Programs Fund.

This is an interesting vote for
Paul. Although he generally
opposes using federal money to
pay for health care, the money at
issue here would have instead
been used for foreign aid. It
seems likely that as a physician,
giving money to care for child
victims of HIV/AIDS seemed like
the lesser evil.

Authorization Three days after The language of the law is broad, Yay
For the Use of September 11, 2001, and grants the President the
September
Military Force Congress voted to power to use force against
14, 2001
authorize the President nations, organizations, or
to use military force individuals involved in planning,
against the executing, aiding, or authorizing
perpetrators. the September 11 attacks.

Unsurprisingly, the bill passed
with overwhelming support.

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USA Patriot Act The Patriot Act has This law grants law enforcement Nay
become an increasingly a new, higher level of power to
October
controversial law. search citizens’ homes and
24, 2001
Passed in the wake of property, tap their phone lines,
the September 11 and track their internet use.
attacks, to many it
This law, a signature of the Bush
represents
presidency, was strongly
unprecedented
supported by Republicans. Paul’s
government power
opposition is, therefore,
hidden under the guise
especially notable.
of policing terrorism.

Energy and This legislation was Under this law, almost $25 billion Nay
Water focused on of federal funds were
November
Development environmental appropriated to the Energy
1, 2001
Appropriations concerns. Department, the Army Corps of
Act Engineers and other agencies.

Some specific uses were written
into the law, including $95 million
for proper disposal of nuclear fuel
and radioactive waste and almost
$400 million for renewable
energy programs.

No Child Left No Child Left Behind The Act authorized $26.5 billion Nay
Behind Act created new federal to update the 1965 Elementary
December
oversight mechanisms and Secondary Education Act.
13, 2001
into education, usually
It created new federal testing
an issue left to the
standards in reading and
states.
mathematics in order to test the
progress of students grades three
through eight. It also holds
schools accountable for failure to
improve on a year-to-year basis.

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Under NCLB, military personnel is
granted full access to school
grounds for recruiting.

Another hallmark of the Bush
administration, this was largely
supported by Republicans but has
since lost its popularity. One of
Paul’s current rivals, Rick
Santorum, voted in favor of No
Child Left Behind. When
Santorum was asked about this
vote and how it supported a
vision of “limited government,”
Santorum replied: “Vote for Ron
Paul. That’s what you should do.”

Departments This is a federal $39.4 billion in federal funds were Nay
of Commerce, government budget distributed to essentially non-
November
Justice, and and spending bill, the controversial government
14, 2001
State kind routinely passed agencies under this bill, like the
Appropriations, for each fiscal year. Justice and State Departments,
Fiscal Year the Federal Bureau of
2002 Intelligence, and the judiciary.

Paul was one of the very few to
have voted against it. The bill
passed the house with a vote of
411-15.

Child Interstate Different states have This bill required parental consent Nay
Abortion different restrictions on for minors to travel across state
April 27,
Notification Act when and to whom lines to acquire an abortion.
2005
abortions are available.
Although Paul is solidly anti-
This bill would have
abortion, his vote here was based
made it more difficult
on his belief that it should be
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to travel to another
regulated on a state, not federal,
state for an abortion.
level. Many in the pro-life
camp have criticized this vote as
not being strict enough with
abortion regulation.

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Words of Wisdom From Ron Paul

“How about getting rid of the Department of Education and Department of
Agriculture. Just go down the list. Get rid of it. Cut the budget in half. Everything that’s
not constitutional. That’s a good place to start.” — Interview on MSNBC in 2009.

These are trademark Ron Paul quotes, literally advocating to close down two long-
established federal government departments. Paul adamantly believes that federal
interference, even in traditional, non-controversial domains like agriculture, is bad for the
individual.

"You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug
laws." — 2011 CNN Republican presidential debate.

Paul also wants to decriminalize drugs, believing drug use to be a matter of personal
choice and liberty. He wants to return to a pre-1914 era, when the federal government
had no laws regulating drugs of any kind. He has even attributed drug laws to racist
origins (more on that below).

“I am convinced that there are more threats to American liberty within the 10 mile
radius of my office on Capitol Hill than there are on the rest of the globe.” –Texas
Straight Talk: On Reinstating the Draft, February 16, 2009.

Voicing his opinion again on the wisdom of isolationism, statements like these resonate
with young voters wary of the warmongering they have grown accustomed to hearing
from other politicians.

“This superhighway would connect Mexico, the United States, and Canada, cutting a
wide swath through the middle of Texas and up through Kansas City. Offshoots would
connect the main artery to the west coast, Florida, and northeast. Proponents envision
a ten-lane colossus the width of several football fields, with freight and rail lines, fiber-
optic cable lines, and oil and natural gas pipelines running alongside… The ultimate
goal is not simply a superhighway, but an integrated North American Union–complete
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with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy, and virtually borderless travel within
the Union. Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another
step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether.” — 2006 post on Lew
Rockwell’s blog

Ron Paul has quite a few conspiracy theories up his sleeve, like the NAFTA superhighway
he believes will threaten U.S. sovereignty.

“People often say that what this country needs is for people in Washington to stop
fighting and just get the job done. To achieve that, we need more ‘bipartisanship.’ I
don’t agree…When the ideas of both parties are bad, there is really only one hope:
that they will continue fighting and not pass any new legislation.” — Liberty Defined

A true libertarian, Paul does not follow party lines and vote for legislation he doesn’t
believe in.

“I think this fence business is designed and may well be used against us and keep us
in. In economic turmoil, the people want to leave with their capital. And there’s capital
controls and there’s people control. So, every time you think of the fence keeping all
those bad people out, think about those fences maybe being used against us, keeping
us in.” — GOP Debate, September 2011

Simultaneously deriding immigration proposals from members of his own party and
adding his own theory of their true motives, Paul gives himself a “wacky uncle”
reputation.

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Is Ron Paul A Racist?

Though it’s hard to characterize any of the questions or controversies about Ron Paul as
scandals, racist comments made in 1980s and early 1990s newsletters printed under his
name, has raised eyebrows in a different way than his other opinions have in the past.

In December 2011, shortly before the important Iowa caucuses, old newsletters signed by
Paul emerged with some unsettlingly racist, homophobic advertisements and articles.
One of these letters warned of a "coming race war in our big cities" and of a "federal-
homosexual cover-up" to hide the impact of AIDS. There were many other inflammatory
statements made in the newsletter, including calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day a
celebration of a “world class philanderer” that should be renamed “Hate Whitey Day.”

Paul insists that he did not write the articles making these outrageous remarks and
published under his name and has disavowed them. He also claims that he doesn’t know
the identity of the true writer.

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Ron Paul Trivia

Ron Paul is a romantic and devoted husband. At a press conference in Las Vegas on
February 1, 2012, he surprised his wife, Carol, with a bouquet of flowers and a hug to
wish her a happy anniversary. Business Insider reported: “Mrs. Paul seemed genuinely
surprised by the gift, and her husband was clearly elated that he had pulled off the
trick.” The anniversary continued with a romantic dinner and a performance of The
Phantom Of The Opera spectacular at The Venetian.

Paul’s favorite foods are chocolate chip cookies and tilapia.

Paul exercises regularly, walking three miles every morning and biking at least ten
miles each afternoon. He has credited exercise (and reading the news) as the secret
to his endless energy on the campaign trail.

Paul was a frat boy! While a student at Gettysburg College, Paul was a member of
Lambda Chi Alpha, one of the first fraternities to speak out against dangerous hazing
practices. One of his fraternity brothers, J. Michael Bishop, went on to win the Nobel
Prize in 1989 for cancer research.

Paul and rival, Mitt Romney, have become friends on the campaign trail. Though they
differ on a number of issues, the Paul-Romney friendship stands out for its civility,
especially when compared with the rhetoric employed by other candidates.

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Conclusion

At this point it is almost impossible to imagine that Paul will win enough delegates to
become the Republican nominee for President. The question now is what Paul will do with
the delegates he has collected, i.e., which of his rivals will he throw his considerable
reputation behind? Considering his friendship with Romney, and that Romney is still the
clear frontrunner, that seems to be the expectation. But only time will tell!

One thing, however, is certain — no matter what happens in this Presidential race, we
have not seen the last of Ron Paul. His unique brand of politics and strong following
guarantee that his voice will continue to be heard on the national level.

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Sources & Additional Reading

New York Times, In Paul’s Campaign, Strengths and Weaknesses
Biography, Ron Paul
Free-NEFL.com, A Biography of the Honorable Ron Paul
The New American, Unauthorized Biography on Ron Paul, An Unauthorized Politician
Huffington Post, Ron Paul’s Call For Afghanistan Withdrawal Draws Cheers At Fox News
GOP Debate
Libertarianism.com, Libertarianism 101
Ron Paul 2012
Project Vote Smart, Ron Paul’s Voting Record
LifeNews.com, Ron Paul: Pro-Life But Questioned on States’ Rights Approach
The New American, Santorum: Vote For Ron Paul If You Want Limited Government
College Magazine, Don’t Forget About Ron Paul
Lew Rockwell, The NAFTA Superhighway
The Daily Beast, 10 Outrageous Ron Paul Quotes
Huffington Post, Ron Paul Newsletters: Ad Urging Subscription Warned of ‘Race War’
Business Insider, THE TRUTH ABOUT NEVADA: Ron Paul Has Never Looked Happier
Business Insider, Ron Paul Is Hitting The Town In Las Vegas Tonight
Utah For Ron Paul
US News, Ron Paul’s Secret To Energy In A Grueling 2012 Campaign
NPR, 5 Things You May Not Know About Ron Paul

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About The Author

Deena Shanker
Deena Shanker is a writer living in San Francisco. After moving to the west
coast from New York City in the fall, she is loving San Fran's beautiful
weather, colorful architecture, and never-ending vegetarian food options.
She loves visiting the beach with her dog, Barley, and eating cheese (also sometimes with
Barley). She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Barnard
College.

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