In a televised debate of Republican presidential canditates at May 3rd by Fox News, one canditate stood up not just because of his anti-war stances but also due to fact that he got superior amount of votes in most internet polls and came second just after Mitt Romney in Fox News' own cell phone vote. The person in question is Ron Paul, libertarian from Texas who has time and again voted against federal spending, raising taxes and bills that he sees unconstitutional, no matter how his own party votes. As libertarian, he argues for free market, reducing taxes, limited government, individual liberty but he also voted against the war in Iraq and Patriot Act I & II.
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What chances does Ron Paul has against leading Republican canditates if any in the primaries? Is there demand for Ron Paul in the Republican party voter base, how about in the United States as a whole? Share your thoughts.
I kind of like him too, but unfortunately I think his chances of actually getting the nomination are somewhere beetween zero and none. for a couple of reasons: 1) not a lot of people know about him 2) his anti war stance, most Republicans want to change the way the Iraq war is being run, not end it immediately like he wants to do. the Democrats like him for this, and most Republicans dont.
I'm not a big fan of American libertarian philosophy or economics, but it would be interesting to see this man sneak through to the White House. Most libertarians are "noninterventionists", when speaking of foreign policy; I don't know how much one man, even the president, could upset the present arrangement between industry and military, but it would be cool to witness an attempt.
One problem is that America's industrial sector is one of the most heavily subsidized in the United States. We are so far from real capitalist economics that I think a big swing in that direction could spell disaster for the corporate world. Which is why I don't think he would be allowed to have much of an effective. You can just walk in and cut off billions and billions of dollars in subsidies a year. Things would fall apart. I wonder what he would do, though.
I at least like his apparent anti-militarism. If he does get the Republican spot, he may very well be on my list.
Ron Paul has active campaigning going on in the internet and future debates will surely give him national visibility. Though I have to admit that he has little chance of getting even to top 3 contenders of Republican nomination due to his anti-war stances and liberal social views and I doubt that there are high number of libertarians in the party.
Still Ron Paul is a distinct canditate with clean record in the House of Representatives when it comes to promoting libertarianism and defending the traditional principles of the Constitution. He's seen as Washington outsider and a person with truly personal political ideas: even though he won't win the nomination, his relatively high popularity will propably increase libertarian voice in the GOP. It all comes down how big support he will get in the polls and in primaries themselves.