Campaigning in the era of YouTube: Ron Paul

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 11:58 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures during a Republican Presidential debate Monday Jan. 23, 2012, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

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For Representative Ron Paul, young, media-savvy voters provide a powerful online presence, which makes the congressman — although born during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first term — an Internet force to be reckoned with.

Some of the primary issues that draw supporters to Ron Paul are centered on libertarian philosophies and freedom from government. His opposition to the Federal Reserve has also garnered him a lot of fans. As the second video shows, Paul has been discussing the Federal Reserve system since at least 1988.

Paul supporters tout many of his videos like the 1988 clip, saying they show a man who hasn't changed his beliefs since entering into politics.

While Paul doesn't talk about his family much, saying in a debate that he's been married for 54 years and that his values should show through without talking about them, a 2007 Christmas greeting gives a glimpse into his personal life.

Although many Republicans may agree with Paul's domestic policy ideas, (as highlighted in a video uploaded by Ron2008Pauldotcom), his foreign policy ideas are not necessarily met with approval all the time. In a CNN/Tea party debate, Paul was booed for suggesting the U.S. was to blame for the September 11 terrorist attacks. Paul has also suggested Israel started Hamas, and that the CIA "thought it was good if we radicalized the Muslim world."

Other Paul theories are also highlighted in a variety of videos, ranging from the Trilateral Commission to the Council on Foreign Relations, September 11 and corporatism.

Paul has also said Abraham Lincoln participated in the Civil War "just to enhance and get rid of the original intent of the Republic." Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who was arrested on suspicion of releasing classified information to the Wikileaks website, earned Paul's praise at an event in January 2011.

A discussion with CNN in 2008 has also been saved in video form, as reporter Wolf Blitzer and Rep. Paul talk about "racist writings" included in the Ron Paul newsletters.

One of Paul's most well-known speeches from the House floor is posted on YouTube, and has been labeled the "What if" speech. One copy of the video has more than 191,500 views.

In a summation of the policy ideas and philosophies that have attracted Paul's numerous supporters, a 4-minute YouTube video shows Paul on the House floor asking, "Have we lost our minds?"

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