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Ron Paul debates fake Obama on Fox Business

April 29, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Ron Paul may be "Dr. No" in terms of legislation, but when it comes to talking with people, he'll gladly accept an interview with Sasha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" -- or even take part in a mock debate with a Barack Obama impersonator.

Last night on the Fox Business show "Stossel," the conservative congressman handled himself swimmingly against a reasonable facsimile of the commander in chief, played by actor Reggie Brown, Wonkette reported.

"I believe in the power of a free market," Brown said in an acceptable impersonation of Obama. "But a free market was never meant as a free license to take whatever you can get," Brown said, echoing a line the president said almost exactly one year ago when he spoke to Wall Street.

"That's what caused the recent crisis and why we need more regulation," Brown concluded.

"Yes, we need more regulations," Paul, 74, agreed. "On the politicians and on the bureaucrats," he said to cheers from the studio audience.

"The government has to lead," Brown said in his best Obama voice. "Take transportation. We must invest in mass transit. And my goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail."

John Stossel, formerly seen on ABC's "20/20," moderated the "debate" said, "Oh, that sounds good."


"It does sound good," Paul agreed. "And maybe if the government got out of the way, we would have high-speed rail," the congressman, showing his libertarian heart stated.

Paul will have a chance to debate actual politicians next week when the Greenville Pea Party's "Presidential Debate Freedom Rally" takes place on May 5 in South Carolina.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will join Paul in a debate that will be moderated by Fox News.

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Photo: Ron Paul, left, trades comments with Mike Huckabee in a GOP primary debate in 2007. Credit: Associated Press