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Ron Paul says he'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in his Cabinet
The Hill ^

Posted on 09/21/2011 9:53:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Ron Paul says he'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in his Cabinet By Justin Sink - 09/21/11 12:02 PM ET

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says he would consider putting the liberal congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in his Cabinet if he wins the presidency in 2012.

Paul said his libertarian political philosophy helps him connect with some on the far left — including Kucinich, who shares Paul’s general anti-war stance.

Paul joked that if he brought the Ohio congressman aboard in his administration, he might have to create a "Department of Peace."

"You've got to give credit to people who think," he said.

"Being pragmatic is about forming coalitions," Paul said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. "I probably work with coalitions better than the other candidates. I don't think I've said anything negative here about the president."

Paul’s bid for the GOP nomination has yet to catch fire, though he enjoys perhaps the most passionate following in all of politics. He has had difficulty elevating himself to the top tier of candidates and complained that the media is not taking his campaign seriously.

But the congressman said he’s playing the long game, and values bringing political change over winning the presidency.

"Politics doesn't drive me as much as economic policy," Paul said. "We're in a big mess, personal liberty is under attack."

Paul said his presidential campaign is more about an "educational effort" of libertarian philosophies than a reflection of his personal ambition.

"There are a lot of people who just don't want to hear this," Paul said. "Very few people understand this, they don't have an understanding of how free markets work."

The congressman said the fact that other Republican candidates are talking about the Federal Reserve or rolling back entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are victories for his campaign. Paul also says his campaign — coupled with a financial crisis that has brought into question the stability of the American economic system — is changing the prevailing attitudes of voters.

"It requires a lot more education and a lot more inroads," Paul said. "But absolutely, I think the whole country has come this way."

And yet Paul continues to struggle in the polls, hovering around 9 to 10 percent of Republican primary voters. While his showing is consistently better than some candidates who have garnered more attention, he is unsure of how he will propel himself to the top of the field.

"The supporters believe it's possible, I don't know," Paul said. "There's no reason to rule out the fact this can explode. Something has to give here."

Paul attributed some of the problem to the media, arguing that significant campaign milestones and rallies were underreported. And he acknowledged that as a candidate, he is responsible for delivering his message in a way that voters can appreciate.

"It partially is my fault, and I think that's what I work on most, refining my message," Paul said.

But Paul rejected the idea that he should adopt a more pragmatic or conciliatory strategy that would enable him to either grow his base among those skeptical of some of his views — particularly in terms of non-interventionist foreign policy — or achieve smaller pieces of his domestic policy goals legislatively.

"If you give up your principles, you're not being very pragmatic," Paul said.


TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birdsofafeather; denniskucinich; departmentofpeace; kooksinish; kucinich; libertarian; paul; paul4alqeda; paulkucinich12; paultard; paultards; ronpaul; spotthelooney
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To: Sub-Driver

And Art Bell as Vice President.


41 posted on 09/21/2011 10:15:29 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only “Cabinet” Paul will ever have is where he keeps his meds...


42 posted on 09/21/2011 10:17:40 AM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: Sub-Driver


43 posted on 09/21/2011 10:20:30 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Laugh all you want and most of Kucinich’s positions rate laughter, but Kucinich is one of a tiny handful of pols who show any sign of understanding money and banking.


44 posted on 09/21/2011 10:21:25 AM PDT by steveshoveler
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To: Sub-Driver

Paul/Kucinich

The libertarian dream ticket? Yowza!


45 posted on 09/21/2011 10:23:05 AM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: Sub-Driver

46 posted on 09/21/2011 10:24:58 AM PDT by McGruff (Vetting - The process of examination and evaluation of a candidate's record.)
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To: hosepipe

I agree with Paul when he starts talking about the Fed. But he loses me when he gets on to just about any other subject.

I guess even a broken clock is right twice a day.


47 posted on 09/21/2011 10:28:28 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Sub-Driver

Once again, the lid has been left off the nut jar.

Actually, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are the only politicians that can make me laugh.


48 posted on 09/21/2011 10:30:40 AM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: hosepipe
A complete rejection of LRon Paul for only one or a few of his completely DISqualifying ideas is entirely appropriate.

You do not give Palestinians(?)!, or osama bin laden(?)! a fair treatment ... blah, blah, blah

BOO LRon BOO.

49 posted on 09/21/2011 10:31:12 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sub-Driver

PLEASE, you did not say Ron Paul, the GOP Front Runner, in your headline.

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50 posted on 09/21/2011 10:34:38 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sub-Driver

queer spinach for the cabinet?


51 posted on 09/21/2011 10:36:08 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: hosepipe
Rejecting ALL of Ron Pauls ideas is STUPID... some have merit.

One has merit. The Fed. The rest are moon bat stuff that can be heard at any generic Leftist rally around the country. Israel is the problem. Iran needs nukes to level the playing field. 911 was the US's fault. Legalize drugs. Reagan was a bad Pres. Et al. Hitler had fantastic ideas on highway design. It doesn't mean I will give him a pass on all the other stuff.

Ever notice that Paul is far more comfortable slamming the GOP than hitting Obummer and the leftists in debates? Notice how comfortable Paul is with teaming up with Kusinich and Barney Frank than with the GOP side of the aisle? Strange isn't it.

52 posted on 09/21/2011 10:39:29 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Notice how comfortable Paul is with teaming up with Kusinich and Barney Frank than with the GOP side of the aisle?

Don't forget the Nader/Paul progressive-liberaltarian alliance.

53 posted on 09/21/2011 10:48:56 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: NoLibZone

Dayum... that is frighteningly realistic!!


54 posted on 09/21/2011 10:50:01 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Forget it Ron Paul.

You are not going to be president.


55 posted on 09/21/2011 10:51:50 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why is it that the kookiest wing nuts in our Federal Government are the only ones that consistently espouse rigorous adherence to the Constitution?

Why is Ron Paul the only one that really goes there?

Why isn’t he loudly echoed on any of the things we all know he is right about, by any of the other candidates?


56 posted on 09/21/2011 10:52:17 AM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: Beagle8U

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57 posted on 09/21/2011 10:58:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: hosepipe

Every useless jackass has a few good ideas.

It’s time to drop Ron Paul, can’t you people figure this out?

It’s embarrassing to see conservatives try to defend this fool.


58 posted on 09/21/2011 11:00:05 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (.....The days are long but the years are short.....)
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To: Sub-Driver

That's crazy!
59 posted on 09/21/2011 11:00:11 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Thank you, Bob!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ron Paul has entered......................

THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

The only cabinet position I would put Kucinich in charge of would be the “Department of Finding Hot Looking Wives with Low Brainpower.”

60 posted on 09/21/2011 11:04:57 AM PDT by ZULU (DUMP Obama in 2012)
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