Monday, March 12, 2007

Rep. Ron Paul To Run For President - Politics

Rep. Ron Paul To Run For President - Politics: "U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a strict constitutionalist and fierce anti-war critic, will formally declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday when he appears as a guest on a C-SPAN call-in program.

Paul, R-Texas, created a presidential exploratory committee in January, allowing him to begin collecting money on behalf of his bid. Kent Snyder, the chairman of that committee, said Saturday that Paul would make his candidacy official on Monday.

This will be Paul's second try for the White House. He was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988.

...Paul, for example, was the only Republican congressman to vote against Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2007, which he opposed because of the war in Iraq -- a war he says is "not necessary for our actual security."

He once described President Bush as "not a constitutional president" and voted against a resolution declaring that the United States would win the war on terror.

He acknowledges that the national Republican Party has largely shunned him despite his nine terms in office under its banner. He gets little money from the GOP's large traditional donors, but benefits from individual conservative and Libertarian donors outside Texas.

Paul bills himself as "The Taxpayers' Best Friend," and is routinely ranked either first or second in the House of Representatives by the National Taxpayers Union, a national group advocating low taxes and limited government.


Eric Dondero said...

Your readers should not be left with the impression that all libertarians are Anti-War like Paul. My former boss changed his views dramatically towards the Left after 9/11.

Most of us libertarian Republicans recognize the extreme threat that our Nation faces from the Islamo-Fascists and favor a stepped up War to defeat them.

Eric Dondero, Fmr. Senior Aide
US Congressman Ron Paul

Mark Rauterkus said...

My readers are smarter than that.

Tom said...

"Fierce Anti War Republican." Thank God that will equate to a last-place finish.

We need more heroes and less John Murthas.


Mark Rauterkus said...

Dr. Ron Paul and Murtha are not similar in many, many ways.

Yesterday at church I heard of a fellow church member's who has a son in Iraq. His group lost six in a recent bombing. Two were injured in the first blast. Then four more went to aid -- and the second one got them all.

Last month a Pitt grad student has a husband to be in Iraq now. He is fine, but his until lost a mate. When the V-Pres dodged a bomb -- this guy was not as fortunate and he died.

War is hell. Heros are made. Sure.

The problem isn't fierce anti war politicians, it is the fierce go to war ones.

Anonymous said...

And then sell your compatriots down the river?

War is hell. Everyone knows that. As I've always said, had John Murtha had political power in 1941, we'd all be speaking German now.

We certainly won't agree on Jack Murtha...I had to leave my hometown, which is in his district, because of his ineptitude. No jobs, no growth, no leadership.


Mark Rauterkus said...

I think we agree on Murtha. But, we don't agree on Ron Paul.

Anonymous said...

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy