Ron Paul Candidate ProfileSubmitted by DeMolay on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 15:51
Name: Ron Paul (b. Ronald Ernest Paul)
DOB: August 20, 1935 (shares a birthday with Jacqueline Susann, Slobodan Milocevic and Al Roker)
Aliases: Dr. No, He Who Must Not Be Named, The Fringe Candidate Who Polls Above 30 Percent
Experience: Ron Paul is the most important freedom-oriented politician at the national level of the last 30 years. After a career as a U.S. Air Force doctor and private-practice obstetrician, Paul in 1976 won a Texas congressional seat in a special election. Since that time he has won and lost a series of congressional elections, but he’s won more than he’s lost and has spent a total more than 20 years in the House of Representatives. In between congressional sits, Paul ran for president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1988, placing behind Republican George Herbert Walker Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis. In 1979 Paul created the Foundation for Rational Economic Education. He went on to spearhead a succession of newsletters whose off-color commentary, under Paul’s own byline, has been used against Paul in recent years. Paul will leave office at the end of the current term, having chosen to focus his campaign energies on this presidential run rather than a defense of his redistricted House seat. Nevertheless, his ability to generate broad and generous support, his rumpled charisma, his plain speaking to pettifogging Federal Reserve Bank and Treasury Department officials, his proud record of voting no on legislation he considers unconstitutional, his decency and his intellectual curiosity make Ron Paul the most influential living figure in small-l libertarianism.
Hangups: Centrists, welfare/warfare staters, cosmotarians, establishment media.