Karen Knapstein
August 27, 2012

Candidate Profile: Ron Paul


Even though most of the talk this election season has been about Obama and Romney, as Jessica Kumari explained today, there are other candidates for President, even if they don’t have the support of one of the main political parties.

Ron Paul, though technically a Republican, is one of those. The Texas Congressman has served his district since 1979 but has also run for president three times, once as a Libertarian and twice as a Republican, including this year, though he stopped actively campaigning during primary elections in May.

So who is Ron Paul?

Paul is a medical doctor by profession, and he has had a private practice in Texas since 1968. He spent the two years before that as a flight surgeon in the Air Force.

Paul stands out because of his economic beliefs that translate into his politics. Essentially (and this is really simplifying it), he thinks that “the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else.”

That means that Paul is against any law or spending that is not specifically laid out in the Constitution. This philosophy has lent him a great deal of support, particularly amongst members of the Tea Party but also with young people, partially because of his anti-war stance. His speech in Florida before the GOP Convention was held at the University of South Florida, and the AP reported that it felt more like a rock concert than a political rally.

And though this will likely be the last campaign for Paul, who has said he has no plans to run for re-election in his district, the AP reported that his rally included chants of “Paul `16″ – but they were referring to Rand Paul, not his father.”

Watch the video below to learn more about Paul and his speech in Florida. Are you a Paul supporter? Tell us why in the comments.


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