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Ron Paul says the mainstream is 'swimming' to him

Republican Presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, right, greets Aaron Goodro and his son Ian during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., Friday, June 10, 2011.

Ron Paul, the conservative Texas congressman running for president faced an uphill battle four years ago when he campaigned. Many, even those in his own party, thought his Libertarian-based views about abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan and ending the war on drugs, for example, were too radical.

Today, Paul believes that the average American agrees with his beliefs more than they think. "The country is more with me now,” Paul told the National Review recently in reference to his consistent stance against U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. That position is rarely agreed to publicly by the GOP, but "tea party" enthusiasts eat it up. Paul says they aren't the only ones.

"The mainstream is swimming this way," the congressman said. "Sixty to 70% of people, maybe even more, are saying after 10 years at war, maybe it is time to try something new."

Paul humbly states that although he expected the change in public opinion, he thought it would be due to the fact that its so expensive to wage two wars with little return.

"I always predicated that our foreign policy is going to change, that we will come home, not because I gave a great speech, but because we are broke," he said.

"This is a powerful political issue," Paul, father of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), told the National Review. "It looks like I care more about people here at home than I do about throwing money down these rat holes around the world, where they tend to give us more trouble than we deserve."

Being mainstream is something Paul seems to be pushing this time around. In late May, he told a crowd in Iowa that his beliefs are logical and generally accepted, thus mainstream.

"Why shouldn't it be mainstream to have balanced budgets and sound money and limited government, personal liberty, keep the federal government out of the business of the state government here in Iowa?" Paul asked the Mason City crowd. "That, to me, seems to be mainstream."

The congressman's name came up a few times in some of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 24,000-plus emails released Friday. At least two people emailed the hockey mom in 2007 to plant a seed about a possible a Paul-Palin 2008 ticket.

“I thought you might be interested to know that your name surfaced in a discussion of possible vice presidential picks for Ron Paul should he prevail in the primaries,” wrote Jim McClarin of Nashua, N.H., on Dec. 20, 2007.

That same day, an Alaska-based Paul supporter, David Doyle, chimed in, suggesting Palin endorse Paul in hopes of being his VP.

“I think Sarah would be a perfect match for Dr. Paul!” he wrote.


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Photo: Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) greets Aaron Goodro and his son Ian during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., Friday. Credit: Jim Cole / Associated Press

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Great article until you brought Sarah Palin in.

Good to see some decent reporting on the REAL man of the hour here. Ron Paul is our man, whether the media likes it or not. And as RonPaul Fan said, I as well am dragging as many people with as I possibly can. The truth is contagious folks, get on board, it's just the right thing to do. Period.

RON PAUL 2012!!!

FOX news is trying to make RP look like a senile old fool, with Billo calling him confusing, Man Coulter saying he can't get away with using cliche's as answers (limited gov't, sound money) . That douchebag Stossel is defending RP though, which I'm glad to see.

He's got integrity and some good ideas as well as some wacky ones like going back to the gold standard and doing away with Social Security and Medicare as well as thinking economic libertarianism is workable but at least he's not bought and paid for like the rest of the Republican crowd and that's why Fox hates him. He doesn't follow the propaganda line laid down by Ailes, Limbaugh, et al.

The right man for the times. Period.


I just want to thank you for even posting this article. Years ago this would be unheard of.

Why is Sarah Palin even noted in this article? Paul would never want anything to do with that woman

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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