Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul announces new run for US presidency

AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Ron Paul, a US congressman from Texas, announced Friday a new run for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012, saying Americans are now ready for his libertarian ideas.

It will be the third attempt for Paul, who ran as a Republican in 2008 but failed to win any primaries, and was the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988.

"Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years. So, I think the time is right," Paul told the ABC program "Good Morning America."

Paul, 75, has long espoused a philosophy calling for less government, reduced taxes and decriminalizing prostitution and drugs.

"I think that's how a free society works," he told ABC from the state of New Hampshire, where he is expected to hold his first post-announcement campaign event for 2012.

In 2008 the former obstetrician rallied thousands of Americans around his minimalist message, which included pressing Washington to quit the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, a return to a non-interventionist foreign policy and eliminating the Internal Revenue Service.


Paul's "live-and-let-live" ideas have proven popular with followers, but his aversion to federal relief programs such as financial assistance for flood victims has raised hackles in some quarters, especially as Americans grapple with the aftermath of last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill and deadly tornadoes that ripped across the south in late April, and contend with historic flooding of the Mississippi River.

"I'm on the Gulf Coast. I have a house on the beach, or had one recently. And I don't think somebody in New York or New Hampshire or Iowa have to pay for my flood on the Gulf Coast.

"And if the insurance won't sell it to you, it means it's too dangerous. If it's too dangerous, why dump the responsibility on the taxpayer? It doesn't make good moral sense or constitutional sense."

According to his website, Paul "has never voted to raise taxes" and "has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership."

He also voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq war and does not participate in "the lucrative congressional pension program."

For years he has called for pulling US troops out of Afghanistan, calling American involvement there a costly and "fruitless venture."

The conservative lawmaker is considered by some an inspiration for the Tea Party movement, having endorsed the notion of lower taxes and less government years earlier.

In Congress, he has been a frequent critic of the Federal Reserve and advocated a return to a gold standard.

Paul said in a separate interview with Iowa's WHO radio that he did not support the methods in the US raid that eliminated Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

"I don't think it was necessary, no," he said, saying there should have been "respect for the rule of law, international law.

"What if he had been in a hotel in London? If we wanted to keep it secret, so would we have sent the helicopters into London, because they were afraid the information would get out?"

Paul told ABC: "I have no qualms about getting him. I'm delighted he's gone. But the whole thing is, we could have done it differently."

The announcement comes two days after former House speaker Newt Gingrich became the first major Republican candidate to formally throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 race, aiming to oust President Barack Obama.

Paul was a flight surgeon in the US Air Force during the 1960s and later practiced medicine in Texas. He and his wife Carol have five children including son Rand Paul, elected last year as a US senator from Kentucky.

© AFP -- Published at Activist Post with license


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does a furriner from the EU convey to Dr.Paul that, despite him being a long term, upright, sensible and hardened congressman with an excellent voting record, he persists in denying that he would never get past YOUR electoral college and those who manipulate it?

Is my understanding faulty or does he honestly feel it's worth all that effort & money spent on a yet another campaign, knowing full well he will be outmanoeuvred, if not through electronic voting machines then something even more insidious like a Rove-ean/CFR/Rockefeller campaign against him?

The whole world is waiting for America to snap out of its' terminal apathy, poisoned with flouride and aspartame, get wise to monarch programming and the un-democratic corporate stranglehold on YOUR government.

Until then, Ron Paul would have more chance of success in China! IE - zilch...

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is A vehicle for Americans to rally around. He is spot on about the federal Reserve.
The best way for the masses to fight back is to reject the central bank. Follow the Money!
We are owned America, Wake up Please!
He is anti-war.
Thank God.
We have all had enough of this war on terror.
This Government does not represent us anymore.

People are awake here, but not enough, and the rest are all divided over a diversity of issues.

The simple fact is that as a whole if Americans do not unite behind Mr. Paul we are doomed.

I am optimistic as an American.
Now is the time of Patriots and Fools.
Truth must prevail.

Anonymous said...

Paul has stated in the past that his campaigns are about spreading his message for smaller government and asking the philosophical questions about government's role the msm doesn't. He is well aware he will not win, but if he can change minds the way he did the first time around it's worth it to him. Which is why he is perfect for the job and will never have it just the same.

Anonymous said...

Those who cast their votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. I have zero confidence in our election system and haven't voted in years as a result. Good luck Ron!

Anonymous said...

Last time I voted for Obama. Since then I swore to not vote again - but with Ron Paul running, I changed my mind. Ron gets my vote!

Matthew Standley (Japan) said...

As a Briton who reads and views Mr Paul's materials, proposals, etc, I am 100% behind him. I suspect though that as some have already said... he will not get near that Whitehouse job precisely because he IS the RIGHT man for the job

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