Tea party godfather Ron Paul running for president

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  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    May 18, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    I don't think any of them stand a chance against Obama. There is no one voice that can unify the Republican party. Obama has this election in the bag as long as he doesn't shoot himself in the foot where the 2012 budget is concerned.

  • charlie91342 Sylmar, CA
    May 16, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    I am a liberal democrat... but I would vote for a Ron Paul / Gary Johnson ticket over Mr Obama.

    and to JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt | 8:35 a.m. May 13:
    "Paul is his own musical of Loony Tunes, advocating legalization of heroin is craziness."

    yes, you are right. The "war on drugs" is working like a charm, and putting addicts in prison makes perfect sense...

    perhaps you should actually read what Ron Paul and Gary Johnson say instead of taking a snippet and throwing it around. Either that or you should change your name to Fox News...

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    May 15, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    A lot of people like Paul because they like the "get rid of the Fed" idea - but without the Federal Reserve, what would you have in its place?

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    May 14, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    Ron Paul spoke here in Salt Lake about 11 or 12 years ago, I had the good fortune of seeing it, he was great to listen to he did not come across as a puppet like so many others. I have voted for him ever since, I believe he will do what he says he will if elected, for the last ?????? years we have been told one thing by Presidential hopefuls and they get voted in and nothing happens.

    Ron Paul will do what he says he will.......

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    May 13, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    At first glance Ron Paul seems to be the candidate that eveyone could love. But it turnes out being a populist to everyone makes you say some things that no so many people could agree with. In my opinion, he knows how to get contributions knowing he'll never really win.

    As a liberal I should just let him quietly split up the conservative vote but I think people should research him more before wasting thier support, even if your support goes to a republican instead. But shurly some will cement thier support for him based on shared racism.

    "If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be." - Ron Paul, 1992

    "Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal." - Ron Paul, 1992

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Anti Bush-Obama | 11:17 a.m.,

    Thank you for Ron Paul's stance on some points.

    I am against any military troops in Lybia. Obama walks the line with air strikes, but many Republicans faulted Obama not two weeks before Lybia for being 'soft' on the military.

    I agree with Ron Paul about our military presence though. It's his party that took us into Iraq and Afghanistan. No WMD's and all that.

    Not sure about your refference to 'free choice.' Abortion? If he's about ACTUAL choice, the ability to choose to HAVE an abortion, I support Ron Paul on that as well.

    It appears his party, will not.

    *'GOP trying to use tax law to limit abortions' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSnews - 03/31/11

    GOP action on abortion, Medicare and gays in the military, but not the 'jobs, jobs, jobs' some would hope for.

    Thank you for your information,

    And good day.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    I wonder if Ron Paul keeps running just beacuse he's a doctor and is therefore conviced that he can fix all of America's ills.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    did he say he was against "runaway spending?" Then he has my vote!

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    May 13, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    How is voting for any mainstream Republican or Democrat not wasting your vote?

  • sj Spanish Fork, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    I will vote for Ron Paul any day! I figure that all this talk about don't waste your vote isn't for me. I have to account for who I vote for and I will vote for RON!

  • sweetleaf Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    Paul did not advocate the legalization of prostitution and heroin use. You people saying that are spreading lies! He advocates leaving the issues up to the states and if a state wants to leagalize those things, as president he would stay out of it. Next time watch the debate so you're informed by the truth not some main stream media outlet twisting the facts....

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    May 13, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Ron Paul is an authentic, uncontrolled, independent, articulate voice....I like the returning to the Gold Standard, auditing the IRS and getting the government out of our lives and stopping being the world's policeman. Paul is the kind of man with high integrity, and keen intelligence that only comes around one in a lifetime. I hope people give this loving grandfather and thoughtful leader the opportunity to be our next president.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    May 13, 2011 11:30 a.m.


    Ron Paul is a presbytrian.

    Roland Keyser.

    If there is a medical use for heroin, it should be legalized for that purpose. There is aguy in Monatana who is treating his daughters cancer with marijuana and it's working better than chemo. People abuse pain medication but it's legal. Paul wants those types of drugs to be regulated just like any perscription drug is.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    May 13, 2011 11:17 a.m.


    Paul has opposed military action over in the middle east he supports free choice. He is more liberal than Obama in alot of ways.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington DC, MD
    May 13, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    The only "Republican" candidate I'll vote for. Not really a mainstrem republican thank goodness. He takes what little is left that's good out of both parties and leaves the garbage.

  • Gruffi Gummi Lehi, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    He'll get my vote.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Ron Paul spent a lot of the first debate advocating the legalization of heroin and prostitution, not likely to endear him to conservative voters. He also seems to have some troubling connections to white supremacist groups, including publishing some of them in his newsletter. I agree with him an some things, but he won't get my vote.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    I wonder if he will about what church (if any) he belongs to?

  • glade.bauman Orem, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    I frankly don't care if he's electable or not. I'm 25 years old, and he's the best candidate for president I've seen in my lifetime. I'll support him for that alone. I'm glad there's someone in the Republican primary who represents me.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    May 13, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    "There's a chasm between being principled, having a great vision and good ideas AND being ELECTABLE!"

    If principled people with a great vision are not electable, we are in serious trouble. We have had all we can take of "electable." Look at where "electable" has brought us.

  • Deborah Huntington, WV
    May 13, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    I agree with Ron Paul's stance on the wars in the middle east and America's Military presence in the world.

    He has said that 800 military bases in 140 countries is NOT substanable and will bankrupt this nation.

    I am sure that oil companies like Exxon Mobile and BP would not be happy with a Ron Paul presidency. The more Middle Eastern countries we invade, the more they can charge for a gallon of gasoline.

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    May 13, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    Ron Paul is a breath of fresh air in todays culture where politicians lie and voters delude themselves with those lies. Politicians lie because they are greedy for power and voters are seduced by those lies because they are greedy for other people's money. I appreciate that Ron Paul has not signed up for the life long pension benefits of the Federal Government where politicians live off the backs of the people's taxes. As John Adams said' "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    May 13, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Mitt Romneys trial plan in Massachusetts was flawed because it failed to go far enough. Replace it by having a state administered health care program as an alternative to private insurance. Health care insurance companies are like oil speculators who get between oil producers and consumers. For what purpose: to make money of course. How do they benefit anybody else?

  • Chris Cesareo Spokane, WA
    May 13, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Well, the Republicans have the choice of getting behind a true constitutional conservative against not only the welfare state, but the warfare state....sadly I think the Republican Party has been indoctrinated by the neocon philosophy of spreading democracy via the barrel of a gun. Ron Paul is truly hope for America when we need it most.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    There's a chasm between being principled, having a great vision and good ideas AND being ELECTABLE! Ron Paul is good, but NOT ELECTABLE. Mr. Trump is also on the same ship. Sorry Ron, but you don't have IT!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    'His principled support of the Constitution is unique.' - AT | 9:16 a.m.

    For a Republican, that is unique.

    *'Republicans Eye Change to Birthright Citizenship' - By DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 08/03/10

    'But now at least one prominent Republican lawmaker wants to change the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which grants American citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil.
    "Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News last week.'

    As for the 'current destruction' of our country?

    *'Job gains should offset higher gas and food prices' - AP - Published by DSNews - 05/12/11
    *'AP-GfK poll: Americans more upbeat about economy' - AP - Published by DSnews - 05/12/11
    *'U.S. job situation looks better still' - By Jeff Thredgold - DSnews - 05/10/11

    The economy is improving, unemployment is down 10% to 8%, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.

    Go Obama.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    May 13, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Ron Paul would be the perfect counterbalance to a radically self-interested Congress and the Imperial Presidency that's been creeping up on us for a long time. Is it really so radical to think that drugs and abortion should be state issues? Is it really so radical to believe that our military should only be used in defense of our homeland? The status quo is radical. Ron Paul is a voice of reason.

  • hondurangringo Lehi, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    The tea party has exploded in recent years, but few seem aware that it started in 2007 as a presidential campaign event for Ron Paul, with a literal recreation of the "tea party" from colonial times. With the economy crumbling, the dollar being rapidly devalued, the never-ending wars spending massive amounts of blood and treasure, the past few years have repeatedly proven Ron Paul correct. He has long warned about the very things that are now happening, and has been offering one solution after another.

    This time around, more Americans are ready to listen.

    I haven't met a single person yet who has sincerely read Ron Paul's writings, with a desire to understand where he's coming from, who has not come away with a profound respect for his wisdom and integrity. They may disagree on a point or two, but I challenge anybody to find a single politician who is as principled and consistent.

    Out of an ever-increasing presidential field, Ron Paul stands alone as a man of integrity who for three decades has been consistently, humbly, and persistently advocating his principled stances.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    'It's sad that people think you need a silver tounge like Obama, Romney, and Hitler to make people believe you are smart and elect you.' - whoisjohngalt | 9:11 a.m.

    It is truly sad a member of the LDS church can use comparisons to Hitler so easily...

    to anyone they disagree with.

    I know many of your faith who would not be so quick to use the founder of the Holocause in such a causal manner.

    You do a disservice to your faith Sir or Madam.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    May 13, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    This candidate is refreshing and unique in one way - his soul "delighteth in plainness."

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    By the way for the neo-conservatives still trying to bash Ron Paul and the Constitution, According to two new national polls Ron Paul has the best chance of all the GOP canidates to beat Obama:

    "In a hypothetical match-up between Paul and Obama, Obama beats Paul by only seven percentage points (52 to 45 percent). Meanwhile, Obama beats Huckabee by eight points, Romney by 11 points, Gingrich by 17 points, Palin by 19 points, and Trump by a whopping 22 points..."

  • AT Prospect, KY
    May 13, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Go Dr. Paul. I've followed what he's written and how he's voted for 6 years now. His principled support of the Constitution is unique. I'd like that kind of change. To the charge noted earlier that he'd "destroy the United States" - yes. It would be a very different place than what we have now. There'd be more liberty, freedom, and a smaller federal government. I'll take that kind of destruction any day. Oh, and if you don't think the path we're on now is leading to destruction...

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    May 13, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    It's sad that people think you need a silver tounge like Obama, Romney, and Hitler to make people believe you are smart and elect you.

    It's truly sad when the only canidate to talk about the Constitution has no chance because he does not smooth talk the people but speaks the truth about following the supreme law of the land.

    Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.

    Congressman Pauls consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are. Another colleague observed, There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.

    My name is Spencer. Im a LDS and I support Ron Paul and the Constituion.

  • DougB Spanish Fork, UT
    May 13, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Ron Paul has the wisest and most reasonable stances on just about every issue I've heard him speak on. On the few in which I have a knee-jerk reaction in disagreement, I've always been fascinated to read up on why, exactly, he holds the views he does and how in-sync his principles and views tend to be with many of the greatest founding principles of our nation.

    Ron Paul stands for the things that would help America to be more of "a light" in this troubled world. He has a genuine love and compassion for all people -- his politics are entirely consistent with his 30+ years delivering babies as a doctor in Texas. His message is so often out-of-sync with traditional media messages that it often gets distorted (ie the CBS news headline I saw yesterday insinuating that Ron Paul would have let Osama go free).

    I'm too jaded to believe that he stands a chance of nomination, but I'll support him wholeheartedly nonetheless. If any of his views can affect the larger discussion then I'll consider it a worthwhile candidacy - and worth my own time as a supporter.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 13, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Paul is his own musical of Loony Tunes, advocating legalization of heroin is craziness.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I admit, I still need to research Ron Paul's stances on alot of issues.

    I always recommend doing your research on your canidates.

    It would have to be alot though, to change my vote from Obama in 2012.

  • Richard Saunders Provo, UT
    May 13, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    @ Esquire
    Can you give details as to how Ron Paul's vision would "destroy the United States" or are you just hoping that nobody will look up his principled stands in defense of the Constitution and Liberty just because you said he wasn't any good?

    @Mount Olympus
    Ron Paul actually has a better chance than you, unless you're polling around ten percent among Republicans, with one poll showing that you perform the best against Barack Obama of all the Republicans. And not to get picky, but this is his third time running. Once in 1988, once in 2008, and now for 2012. As far as his age, it may be a concern, but as a doctor, he takes good care of himself, and he seems more lucid and intellectually aware than most of the current Republican field.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 13, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    I'm running for President too. I probably have about as much of a chance of winning as Paul does.

    This is the 4th time this man has ran for president, at least he doesn't give up easily. However, he really does not stand a chance. People have heard his views before and have not elected him 3 times.

    Also his age is a concern, he'll be 77 before the 2012 election, all presidents who have taken office have been less than 70 years old.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 13, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    I respect his integrity and find him likeable. It's just that his vision of how things should go will destroy the United States as a nation. Pretty simple, that.