Skip to comments.Rep. Ron Paul files for Republican presidential bid
Posted on 01/11/2007 4:32:27 PM PST by dogbyte12
Rep. Ron Paul has filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money, the Associated Press reported late Thursday. The nine-term congressman from southeast Texas was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988 and received more than 400,000 votes, the AP reported. This time he plans to run as a Republican.
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I like Ron Paul but he doesn't stand a chance.
Sad but true.
He's my congressman and I vote for him, but I think he's a fruitcake.
If he is a fruitcake, and you still vote for him, you must have some incredibly limited choices....
Is this satire? If not, I'll donate blood sweat and tears.
He had no Republican challenger in the primary, and the token Democrat who ran against him in the General didn't campaign. I never even heard of him before I went to the polls in November.
About time! We may have a decent alternative to the RINO fruitcake front runners -- Giuliani, Romney, McCain.
Sure he should.
I would vote for him in the primary if no one else interesting turns up. I would have to write him in because the partisans in Michigan can't handle the thought of competition.
I disagree with Ron Paul on at least one major issue, but I'd happily vote for him over the crop of Romney/McCain/Giulani liberals.
Paul needs to bring a constitutional agenda to the campaign; just having him in the run should carry some benefits for this nation.
Romney, McCain, Giuliani, or the Fruitcake?
Tough choice ...
Maybe. Probably. But, he will make the debate interesting.
Ron Paul could well be the Republican dark horse candidate we've been hearing about. we need a strong candidate who can focus the party back in the right direction!
Let's not count him out before we hear what he has to say.
LOL. I think I might set up an exploratory committee. The nation needs me.
from SE Texas...will he bring back "The Chicken Ranch"!
Ron Paul is wrong on the War on Terror, wrong on the Iraq War, and just wrong in general about most things.
I have no idea what your "one major issue is" but it's got to be less than the 12, 40 or 95 major issues with the other presidential pansies.
Which major issue?
He's right on Constitutional issues.
What the issue? Because I sure am NOT voting for Romney/McCain/Giulani and definitely refuse to vote for any RAT.
It'll be an uphill battle against Republican "media darlings". He'll have to move mountains to get recognized once the field becomes crowded with choices. The undecideds are going to immediately latch onto the one the media keeps shilling.
Yeah, that will be a great alternative for you and the other 5 people who vote for ole' "Let's Retreat from Before the Terrorists" Ron! Talk about a Rino! This guy joins up with anti-war on terror lunatics like Dennis Kuchinich to embolden Al Qaeda by helping to divide Americans on the war and you dare call any of the other GOP PATRIOTS who don't support allowing Al Qaeda to run off US forces "RINOS?" Get a grip...read the below... Republicans Join Calls for Iraq Withdrawal Even as the protest continues in Texas, there are new developments in the antiwar effort on Capitol Hill. North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones says he has about 50 co-sponsors on a joint resolution that calls on President Bush to announce a plan for withdrawal from Iraq by the end of this year. This is the latest twist in the dramatic shift in position by Jones who was the politician behind the move to change the name of French fries to "Freedom Fries" in the Congressional cafeteria. The resolution was introduced in June by Jones, Republican Ron Paul of Texas, as well as Democrat Dennis Kucinich. It calls on the president to begin the withdrawal by Oct. 1, 2006, but it does not set an end date. Jones said the new supporters include five Republicans.
More on this: www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/16/us.iraqresolution/
Look at the far left wing extremists listed in the CNN article who Paul aligns himself with to help Al Qaeda achieve its common goal with Cut and Run Ron of getting the US out of Iraq.
It's Ron Paul and his Frenchman-like defeat and retreat comraderie with the Democratic Party of Treason that is the RINO. I have more respect for the annoying McCain who at least is smart enough to realize you don't win wars by ceding the battlefield to the enemy, unlike Cut and Run Paul.
I disagree with him on defense/border/WOT issues if I remember correctly.
Anyone who would cede the battlefield gains to the terrorists, by cutting and running from the theater, is a gutless coward.
The more the better, but I thought he was a Libertarian just claiming GOP for convenience?
The war on terror.
But a man can dream.
That's fine if you think the response to 9/11 should be the issuance of Letters of Marque and Reprisal (which Ron Paul advocated) instead of dropping some Daisy Cutters on the Taliban (which Bush did).
Mr. Speaker, Saddam Hussein is Dead. So are Three Thousand Americans.
The regime in Iraq has been changed. Yet victory will not be declared: not only does the war go on, its about to escalate. Obviously the turmoil in Iraq is worse than ever, and most Americans no longer are willing to tolerate the costs, both human and economic, associated with this war.
We have been in Iraq for 45 months. Many more Americans have been killed in Iraq than were killed in the first 45 months of our war in Vietnam. I was in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, and I remember well when President Johnson announced a troop surge in Vietnam to hasten victory. That war went on for another decade, and by the time we finally got out 60,000 Americans had died. God knows we should have gotten out ten years earlier. Troop surge meant serious escalation.
The election is over and Americans have spoken. Enough is enough! They want the war ended and our troops brought home. But the opposite likely will occur, with bipartisan support. Up to 50,000 more troops will be sent. The goal no longer is to win, but simply to secure Baghdad! So much has been spent with so little to show for it.
Who possibly benefits from escalating chaos in Iraq? Neoconservatives unabashedly have written about how chaos presents opportunities for promoting their goals. Certainly Osama bin Laden has benefited from the turmoil in Iraq, as have the Iranian Shiites who now are better positioned to take control of southern Iraq.
Yes, Saddam Hussein is dead, and only the Sunnis mourn. The Shiites and Kurds celebrate his death, as do the Iranians and especially bin Laden all enemies of Saddam Hussein. We have performed a tremendous service for both bin Laden and Ahmadinejad, and it will cost us plenty. The violent reaction to our complicity in the execution of Saddam Hussein is yet to come.
Three thousand American military personnel are dead, more than 22,000 are wounded, and tens of thousands will be psychologically traumatized by their tours of duty in Iraq. Little concern is given to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in this war. Weve spent $400 billion so far, with no end in sight.
This is money we dont have. It is all borrowed from countries like China, that increasingly succeed in the global economy while we drain wealth from our citizens through heavy taxation and insidious inflation. Our manufacturing base is now nearly extinct.
Where the additional U.S. troops in Iraq will come from is anybodys guess. But surely they wont be redeployed from Japan, Korea, or Europe. We at least must pretend that our bankrupt empire is intact. But then again, the Soviet empire appeared intact in 1988.
Some Members of Congress, intent on equitably distributing the suffering among all Americans, want to bring back the draft. Administration officials vehemently deny making any concrete plans for a draft. But why should we believe this? Look what happened when so many believed the reasons given for our preemptive invasion of Iraq.
Selective Service officials admit running a check of their lists of available young men. If the draft is reinstated, we probably will include young women as well to serve the god of equality. Conscription is slavery, plain and simple. And it was made illegal under the 13th amendment, which prohibits involuntary servitude. One may well be killed as a military draftee, which makes conscription a very dangerous kind of enslavement.
Instead of testing the efficacy of the Selective Service System and sending more troops off to a war were losing, we ought to revive our love of liberty. We should repeal the Selective Service Act. A free society should never depend on compulsory conscription to defend itself.
We get into trouble by not following the precepts of liberty or obeying the rule of law. Preemptive, undeclared wars fought under false pretenses are a road to disaster. If a full declaration of war by Congress had been demanded as the Constitution requires, this war never would have been fought. If we did not create credit out of thin air as the Constitution prohibits, we never would have convinced taxpayers to support this war directly from their pockets. How long this financial charade can go on is difficult to judge, but when the end comes it will not go unnoticed by any American.
CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL.
Yea. And yesterday he was in a hurry to join the Democrats on the floor of the house in condemning our efforts in Iraq and President Bush's plans for victory HOURS BEFORE BUSH EVEN GAVE HIS PLAN!
It appears you'll be voting for McCain. Is McCain the best we can do for foreign policy and defense?
The run for the GOP nomination holds promise of being interesting. :0)
Be sure to read #37...Cut and Run Paul's speech about surrendering the war on terror.
I did and that's why I posted to you.
He'd make an excellent president...of France.
LOL -- he's a Libertarian, right?
He hasn't always been a fruitcake. I always HAD lots of respect for him but somethin' bad has happened to him...today I agree...he's now a fruitcake. And he doesn't have a chance...but the moonbats love him...LOL... ;o)
Yep. He couldn't get elected so he became a Republican...now just your average surrender monkey.
Right --- for his benefit.
What the heck is he talking about?
"The more the better, but I thought he was a Libertarian just claiming GOP for convenience?"
Article says he was 1988 Libertarian candidate for President.
FYI 2000 Libertarian candidate Harry Browne said 9/11/2001 was America's fault. Then God took him away from us.
Paul is a whacko. Maybe the Libertarians won't take him?
Most here scold the libertarians for not working for what they want inside the Republican party. Well, Ron Paul did.