Campaign Q&A: Ron Paul

Texas congressman wants spending cut, civil liberties protected.

On Saturday, we sat down with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at the Village Bean Coffee Shop in Windham to discuss his run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Q: In 2008 in the New Hampshire presidential primary, you finished in fifth place. Why should voters vote for you in the 2012 primary?

A: The country is entirely different. The credibility of what I've been saying has been growing by leaps and bounds. People are interested in the monetary system and the Federal Reserve. They are interested in the approach to foreign policy, they're sick and tired of all the wars. The conditions have completely changed.

Before when we had a debate right before the primary they excluded me. In Iowa they did the same thing. That's not going to happen this time. Our numbers as far as supporters go and the ease with which we've raised money is so different. Dramatic changes have happened these last four years, and that's why people are looking at our campaign.

Q: The issue that's on everyone's mind right now is the debt ceiling debate. In announcing these campaign stops today you mentioned the "looming debt ceiling betrayal in Washington." What is that sense of betrayal in your opinion?

A: Well, we have a vote coming up on Tuesday and it's written with a conservative tone to it. We're going to cut some spending and cap spending and we're going to balance the budget. The cut in the spending is $100 billion, which is nothing with a $1.6 trillion defecit. It's for only one year. Capping and making promises doesn't mean a whole lot to anybody anymore because this Congress can't speak for the next Congress.

If you don't get rid of programs and you don't change this attitude that we have to be the policemen for the whole world, the demand will be there to spend the money.

The next thing is that they say this is contingent on having a balanced budget amendment. Well, how long does it take us to amend the Constitution? Years! It's nothing but it's being portrayed as the litmus test of whether you're willing to work within the system and prevent our credit rating from going down. If we keep borrowing our credit rating is going to go down, too.

Defaults occur when you don't pay your debt, but if you pay somebody the bill back again with money that has less value, you've defaulted again, too. If the dollar is worth 50 cents on the dollar, then we've defaulted on real value. So the default is ongoing.

One thing I've been impressed with in asking some of the citizens around here is that they're very much aware that prices are going up. I've anticipated that would happen and I think it's going to be much worse by next year and that is a default. But you can't solve that problem that has come from too much spending and big debt by having a bigger debt. If you have a bigger debt you're not cutting anything.

Q: So if you're in President Obama's position in the middle of the negotiations, what are you saying? What would you be saying in that room?

A: I would get the Democrats together, those who could tend to agree with some of my issues and say, "Your job is to cut $500 billion. Tell me what you would like to have cut at $500 billion."

Then I would go to the Republicans and say "What are your favorite things that you would want to cut? You come up with $500 billion or more."

Q: So you believe there should be concessions on both sides?

A: Yes. But not the concessions we've had for years by raising both. That's what they've been doing. But the fact is the Republicans will only want to cut the Democrat programs and the Democrats will only want to cut the Republican programs. But I'd separate the two. I'd say to them both, "What are your favorite programs to cut." Put them together and I think the American people would agree with that approach.

Q: When you come to New Hampshire and talk to voters, is there anything other than the economy people talk about? Is that the number one thing?

A: The war is a big issue but I connect that with the economy. The other one in this state in particular is the attack on civil liberties. The intrusion in people's personal lives. I haven't run into a single person up here, and I'm sure there are some, who likes the Patriot Act, who think the groping at airports makes us safer. I think people have quit saying that.

I think in this state in particular, they do not like that approach. They like my approach which is that citizens ought to be left alone if they aren't hurting anybody. It's not necessary to tell women that are 95 years old that they have to take their clothes off, and little girls have probing of their pants, and men being groped in the groin.

People are sick of that and that's one thing about New Hampshire, I think they understand that issue and they connect it to the Patriot Act.

John Banks July 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Ron Paul has a proven and consistent voting record. You may not agree with everything he's saying, but you know what you you're going to get if you elect him: bring troops back home, cut the deficits, lower taxes, and ensure our freedoms. There's not one other candidate who has the record to match Dr. Paul's. He's a true hero and champion of the constitution.
someone July 17, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Great article. I love that he's not just another politician- he has the voting record to back his remarks, and a backbone to say what he believes to be true despite everybody in his party being against him (just look at his remarks about the Afghanistan and Iraq military involvement from last election cycle.) If you support Dr. Paul, don't forget about the upcoming money bomb July 19th! It's important to donate so that we can show the media that we want these ideas heard.
jsknow July 17, 2011 at 08:07 PM
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” - Sen. Barack Obama, 2006 Exactly Right Mr. Obama! We do deserve better and Ron Paul is the right man, with the right plan to get us there. Bachmann voted FOR the unconstitutional misnamed Patriot Act and she just voted to renew it again. She claims to be a Tea Party candidate. You can’t support the Constitution and vote FOR the Patriot Act! Ron Paul supporters started the Tea Party, the largest and most effective BIPARTISAN grass roots political movement by WE THE PEOPLE in the history of the USA. The core values of the Tea Party are the same values Ron Paul has promoted for over 30 years… Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutional Rights and Freedoms and Free Markets. The Tea Party IS the Ron Paul REVOLUTION!
Ryan Magdangal July 18, 2011 at 03:10 AM
No comment on unemployment or jobs! Thats the overriding issue now. The debt is a concern but the economy is over riding period. The president has put out but the republiCons cant agree on anything and the leadership is fractured and looks inept and impotent.
Karon Williamson July 18, 2011 at 03:28 AM
As a liberal democrat I love Ron Paul. With him you know exactly what your getting a TRUE REPUBLICAN! I would vote for him because I know what I would be getting as opposed to some democrats(for the people) that don't even know where they are suppose to stand. Republic=republican=America and America is all that matters to him bring the troops home they got no business over there! He don't care about the rest of the world by GOD all he gives a damn about is America! you got to love that about him! Iknow I do.
ausscyn July 18, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Please put this out on AOL's main page. Your readers really would enjoy a dose of wisdom from somebody in the District of Criminals. RON PAUL 2012!!!
at July 18, 2011 at 01:35 PM
actually the tea party movment has billionaire funders to thank for much of its national momentum, so while its adherents passions may be real, they also fit neatly in line with those least deserving and least in need of your defense. I would respect the t.p. more if its members passions extended to reigning in the national deficit by adding moderate, pre bush level taxes on the wealthiest of us and if the freedom fighters within (or their historical counterparts) were anywhere to be found during the civil rights movement.
Glen Shipley July 18, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Ron Paul 2012 or our Republic and Constitution are toast.
at July 18, 2011 at 01:46 PM
and in case anyone is curious what I mean by "least deserving", it stems from the fact that the upper 1% of earners have seen a significant spike in their income while most americans wages have been stuck in place for 10 years. the tea party is an impediment to progress as is ron paul, who advocates a plan regarding the debt ceiling that is one quarter the size of obamas proposal, cutting 1 trillion vs. 4 trillion. wheres your concern for your childrens futures now?
James Moore July 18, 2011 at 04:41 PM
He has never voted to raise taxes. He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership. He has never voted to raise congressional pay. He has never taken a government-paid junket. He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. He voted against the Patriot Act. He voted against regulating the Internet. He voted against the Iraq war. He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program. He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.
Mavoter July 18, 2011 at 05:29 PM
you can vote for him if you don't care about health: Voted Y on Repealing Funding for School-Based Health Center Construction Voted Y on Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges Voted Y on Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund or if you like to know your food is safe or that you have SOME sort of safety net: Voted N on FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Voted N on Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits Voted N on Mine Safety Act Voted N on Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards Voted N on Flood Insurance Program Extension Don't like campaign laws? Voted N On Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Voted N on Federal Funding for Voting System Changes Voted N on District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Voted N on Help America Vote Act of 2002 Other interesting stuff: Voted N Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics Voted N Pay-As-You-Go Rule Voted Y to Ground Forces in Libya Voted N to Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Ya, he's a real gem
jsknow July 18, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Mavoter You're exactly right RP is a gem! The reason he voted as he did on the issues you listed is because they are unconstitutional, they don't work and they are wasteful and harmful. They destroy the Constitution and the rights and liberty it documents. Many of them are purposefully misnamed to deceive! RP is a medical doctor, he understands healthcare and how it should be paid for. The Federal Government has NO Constitutional authority to regulate healthcare, that authority belongs to the States and to the People. If you think the Federal Government is keeping food and medicine safe, what's up with all these FDA approved drugs killing people that we hear about all the time and all the food problems we’ve had lately? The FDA is wasteful, ineffective unconstitutional, unnecessary and owned by big government supporting mega-corporations that are only interested in profit. The States, the People and free markets do a far better job.
jsknow July 18, 2011 at 07:44 PM
If the FDA and unconstitutional Federal regulations are so great, why are Constitutional rights being trashed over marijuana prohibition more often than any other excuse in the history of the USA? Why is someone arrested every 38 seconds in the USA on marijuana charges? Why are people needlessly being killed by the Government and by criminals that marijuana PROHIBITION puts in business? Marijuana has never killed anyone of any age in the history of planet earth! Re-legalizing alcohol is exactly why you don't see people killed by cops and crooks over the alcohol TRADE any more! Why are We The People denied the legal right to use marijuana, even as medicine and forced to use FDA approved poisons instead, which often have warning labels that include the possibility of death? 'If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.' ~Thomas Jefferson Everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. 1985 (with at least 12 re-printings with updates) Click the links to those titles on this webpage: Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/home All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/index.html
jsknow July 18, 2011 at 07:46 PM
RP NEVER voted yes on ground troops in Libya, he voted against bills that would have authorized them. Do some research and learn why RP votes the way he does, once you do that, you’ll quickly see that he is right on every issue you posted! Listen to his own words about Libya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xouwVdgUdEM&feature=player_embedded The biggest problem with people that disapprove of RP is they read the headlines and never take the time to learn why RP votes the way he does. Once you hear his explanation, you’ll quickly learn that he is Constitutional and correct about everything you posted and a lot more! Ron Paul in 2012!
Bob Henderson August 01, 2011 at 12:11 AM
You can say that again...I haven't voted in the last 3 elections. Didn't even register, but I'll tell you this, I will out there this time fro Ron Paul. We're looking at the 2nd Father of this Country...!
Bob Henderson August 01, 2011 at 12:15 AM
I honestly say a prayer to God, and ask him once, every nite to Please help this man. I just don't know what we're going to do if we can't get him in there...!
Bob Henderson August 01, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Now, who can argue with that...! He's really our last chance, pure and simple. Ron Paul 2012
Bob Henderson August 01, 2011 at 12:27 AM
I was going to reply to the one above, but you saved me the time. Thank you. Your're exactly right..


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