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Ralph Nader queries Rand Paul about support for father Ron Paul's bills

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader wants to know where Rand Paul stands on bills sponsored in the U.S. House by his father.

Nader sent a letter Wednesday to Rand Paul, the Republican nominee in
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asking about his positions on various legislative proposals offered by his father, Ron Paul, a Texas Republican.

“Interested observers of your campaign for the U.S. Senate often wonder the extent to which your views concur with those of your illustrious father,” Nader wrote.

In particular, Nader said he was interested in how Rand Paul felt about a measure his father introduced last year that would legalize the production of industrial hemp, part of the family of plants that includes marijuana.

Industrial hemp is used in such things as paper, fibers and even food products, but its cultivation is banned in the United States under anti-drug laws.

“This bill, which I encouraged Cong. Paul to introduce some years ago, would allow American farmers to grow this 5,000 year old long fiber plant with some 5,000 product uses (food, fuel, clothing, car parts, lubricants, etc.),” Nader wrote.

Ron Paul introduced such legislation in April 2009, with 24 co-sponsors, but it has not been acted on.

Rand Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said it had not yet seen the letter.

Nader said that hemp can be imported from China and other countries, but the Drug Enforcement Agency has barred growing hemp domestically, even though it would “reduce oil imports, help the environment and amplify farmer incomes, among other benefits.”

In an interview, Nader said he was not endorsing anyone in the Kentucky Senate race.

He said he had listened to a radio broadcast of last week’s debate between Paul and Democrat Jack Conway, saying it was “so insipid, so dull.”

“Citizens should really try to spruce up campaign debates,” Nader said. “I just want to broaden it.”

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100728/NEWS01/30728...

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I like Nader

but like many here, he seems to be looking for that perfect candidate.

Not enough to want to end the war or limit the federal powers to the Constitution. Gotta have that Industrial Hemp, ASAP.

I thought it was implied that if a state is sovereign then that includes decisions on hemp.

I fixed that first link

it did not work.

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This is why I like Ralph Nader

I'm interested in the responses. Do you think he'll reply before or after he seeks Lindsey Graham and Newt Gingrich's endorsement? ;)

ya what's even more interesting about the person you like is

he disagrees with ron paul maybe half the time or even more. definitely more than rand paul. but no, the sarcasm is on rand. ;););)

I didn't say I want Nader representing me

I just said I like him. He's genuine.
The funny thing is, a few months ago 20 people would have replied to me saying "Rand would NEVER associate with those people!". Now they're not quite sure if he would or not. The jury's still out on Rand.

I like Nader too, although I

I like Nader too, although I was disappointed that he was repeating MSM TEA Party propaganda verbatim at a lecture he gave at MICA a month or so ago. The jury is DEFINITELY out on Rand. He straight up LIED about never taking money from Bankster puppets.

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im just saying some ppl's guideline for liking or disliking

another person is at times purely illogical and funny.. while everyone has his closet likes or dislikes, it should be taken just as such-- merely personal preferences-- and not elevated to represent any actual issues of import, contrary to what some people constantly try to do to make their preferences seem relevant.

True. You know why I like Nader?

He wrote me a letter when I won my election in 2001. One person wrote him in and he wrote me a congratulations letter. I thought that was cool. I think your statement also pertains to trust based on last name only. . .

funny you say that

when i responded to you based on the comments you made specifically stating "i like ralph nader" while your response to me was purely speculative. i guess i may mention i only made a decision after watching many hours of rand's debate, but i guess that's irrelevant now. you've already made a statement and that's officially my position it seems--i like him purely based on his name. hah. and guess what even if alan grayson came to my bday party i still wouldn't kiss his ass

I didn't mean to direct any comment toward you directly

Sorry for any misunderstanding. If my choices in an election were Ralph Nader or Rand Paul, I'd go with Rand.

It is the Green Party and

the Green Federation that is behind this whole globalist mess that threatens humanity & personal freedom to self determination. Get rid of Nader. He is a wolf in sheep's clothing. These people are a bunch of bullfrogs. They leep all over everyone else' s way of life. They think they have the answer.
To get rid of the evil little guy.

Nader should learn how to drive instead of suing people. He doesn't know how to drive a car let alone run the Globe.

More divisiveness. Trust me,

More divisiveness. Trust me, Ralph Nader is not even close to being an enemy. I was thrilled when he, Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, and Chuck Baldwin(am I missing anyone else?) got together to support the "Vote 3rd Party" campaign. Talk about an act of diversity with unity! To me, that was one of the most unique events in politics, and something tells me we won't be seeing the last of that leading up to the next presidential election.

I don't think Bob Barr showed

I don't think Bob Barr showed up.

You're correct

Barr wasn't part of the group.

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He was invited

He just didn't show.

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Please read this

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/07/27/why-is-the-ant...

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Complete rubbish

While Nader has a more positive view of government intervention and regulation than I believe is warranted, He and many of the greens have been staunch defenders of Civil and Human rights and are correctly antiwar and antiempire.

At their heart, The Greens are Anarcho-syndicalist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism ) and are as strongly anti-government as we are.

And by the way, being able to sue somebody is a really good thing. It creates risk for the corporation, which encourages them to be honest about their products. or would you prefer that businesses be allowed to defraud you ?

What we need to do is to throw the tea-o-cons - Palin, angle, and Beck under the bus.

Hey Ironman

"It creates risk for the corporation, which encourages them to be honest about their products. or would you prefer that businesses be allowed to defraud you ? "

"They" defraud "us" now. Wake up. All those ab "machines"... LOL. Just think of all the ads that are based on complete b.s.

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE

Caveat emptor

Then again, Just imagine if you weren't allowed to sue what they might be saying about these devices.

Thank God for people like

Thank God for people like Ralph Nader. His sensibilities overshadow most peoples' vapid existence whether he "drives a car" or not (like somehow, this matters). "Trying to run the globe"??? Your exaggerations lose any logic. The hemp bill should be considered for debate in the house and everyone should question why it is NOT being entertained? Nader's question put to Rand Paul is legitimate. Where does he stand on the hemp bill?

Please read this before making your conclusions

that "we" should all be ideologically "pure". It is a debate of course, but Raimondo states a convincing argument. I hope you read it.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/07/27/why-is-the-ant...

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn
http://youtu.be/eWVrdFrpXHE