Thursday, January 11, 2007

My Congressman is Running for President

Banjo Jones beat me to this one, as usual.

Texas Congressman Seeks Presidency -
HOUSTON -- Rep. Ron Paul, the iconoclastic, nine-term lawmaker from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward a second, quixotic presidential bid _ this time as a Republican.

Paul filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money. In 1988, Paul was the Libertarian nominee for president and received more than 400,000 votes.

Kent Snyder, the chairman of Paul's exploratory committee and a former staffer on Paul's Libertarian campaign, said the congressman knows he's a long shot.

"There's no question that it's an uphill battle, and that Dr. Paul is an underdog," Snyder said. "But we think it's well worth doing and we'll let the voters decide."

Paul limits his view of the role of the federal government to those duties laid out in the Constitution. As a result, he sometimes casts votes at odds with his constituents and other Republicans.

He was one of a handful of Republicans to vote in 2002 against giving President Bush the authority to use military force in Iraq, contending that only Congress had the power to declare war. At times, he has voted against funds for the military.

Paul bills himself as "The Taxpayers' Best Friend," and is routinely ranked either first or second in the House by the National Taxpayers Union, a national group advocating low taxes and limited government.

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Cap'n Bob said...

ANYONE but Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Well, Ron Paul, like Sen. Rodham Clinton, is entirely too much in the thrall of rightwing tendencies...I refused to vote for any of the four Presidential choices we Virginians, as among them I then was, were presented with in 1988, including RP, though I'm glad Paul can bestir himself to take his constitutional duties seriously in time of pseudo-war. Would that would spread. Of course, Paul has about as much chance as Christopher Dodd of getting their parties' noms.

Unknown said...

Ron Paul is an odd duck. His votes are all over the map. He's much more a libertarian than a Republican.

Anonymous said...

My easy bets on the 2008 Presidential/VP tickets: Rodham Clinton/Obama and McCain/Romney.

Another year I'll probably vote Green. Even though Obama and I were graduated from the same high school.

Unknown said...

Not McCain/Giuliani?

Anonymous said...

Nope. Giuliani and McCain wouldn't fly with the Bible-Pounders at all. They'd have enough trouble with McCain, who's been kissing up to them more and more of late, and Romney's LDS membership (though in other ways Romney's LDS membership is a plus for some other reactionary Christians).

I've just been reminded that not only Obama and I went to Punahou Academy in Honolulu, but so did "Dave Guard and Bob Shane — two members of the folk-pop group Kingston Trio"--there's a ticket right there. (No wonder the Modern Folk Quartet, with mostly-Hawaiian-emigrant roots, followed them into the pop-folk market a few years later, and got signed by WB Records.)

Unknown said...

Well, I'm certainly a fan of the KT. Good old Punahou Academy!

I'm not a fan of Romney or Rudy either one.