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Ron Paul has a book and it's selling

November 3, 2007 |  1:10 pm

No presidential campaign is complete without a new book detailing the candidate's life and values and mixing in some of his/her positions, though you can't be too specific because events change faster than book printers can.

Rep. Ron Paul, the Republican turned Libertarian turned Republican, is doing it a little differently. His new book has a catchy title --"A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce and Honest Friendship." If you want to catch up on virtually every speech the 72-year-old, 10-term Texas congressman has made since 1976 on not intervening in a dangerous world, this is the book for you.

According to a news release on Paul's campaign website, sales of his book are soaring since his recent appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The book, which you can purchase on the website for several dollars more than on Amazon.com, has recently gone from No. 594 to No. 114, the press release claims. Strangely, the used copies cost more than the new ones.

“The book sales don’t lie," says Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. "Dr. Paul’s foreign policy of freedom is resonating strongly with Americans and gaining greater support each day.”

Paul, an Air Force veteran and ob-gyn, raised an impressive $5 million last quarter, most of it online, compared to Mike Huckabee's $1 million. But both are puny fractions of that collected by front-runners Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Still, it's enabling Paul to go up with both radio and TV ads in New Hampshire.

Paul was on CNN Friday saying, if president, he'd rather Iran not have nuclear weapons but if they got them, he wouldn't really do much about it because it's a third-rate country completely incapable of attacking the U.S. or even Iran's neighbors. "I certainly wouldn't bomb them," he said.

--Andrew Malcolm

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