AP: From Dr. No to Tea Party Godfather: Ron PaulSubmitted by telepathic on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 04:35
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — No serious presidential candidate has been bashing runaway government spending and federal overreach longer than Rep. Ron Paul has. The Texas Republican's nickname on Capitol Hill says it all: "Dr. No."
Now, those positions are popular with GOP voters, and Paul is urging Republicans to say "Yes" as he makes his third attempt at the presidency.
First elected to Congress in 1976, Paul ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988. Three years ago, the former flight surgeon and outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve became an Internet sensation — and a prodigious fundraiser— when he made a spirited but doomed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.