- Current Title: Congressman for the Texas 14th
- Party Affiliation:
- Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
- Religion: Baptist
- Alma Mater: Gettysburg College (BS), Duke University (MD)
- Website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com
Representative Ron Paul of Texas is a libertarian known as "the intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party. An anti-war Republican, he failed to win the party's 2008 presidential nomination.
He is well-known for being a strong proponent of cuts in the federal deficit and the size of government. His talking points have moved to the mainstream of the debate in Congress since November 2010, when the fiscal conservative movement led Republicans back into power in the House.
He also gained new prominence as chairman of a congressional panel that oversees the Federal Reserve, an institution he wants to abolish. In foreign policy, he opposes all U.S. foreign aid and military intervention. His fundraising and networking abilities are impressive and based on a core of strong supporters.
A Pittsburgh native, he earned a medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine. During the Vietnam War, from 1963 to 1968, he was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.
Before starting his political career in 1976, he was an obstetrician and gynecologist in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Caroline Paul, have five children. His son Rand Paul, who echoes his libertarian and Tea Party values, was elected as U.S. Senator from Kentucky in 2010. They are the first Representative father and Senator son duo to serve simultaneously in Congress.
Paul would slash $1 trillion from the federal budget, eliminate an assortment of taxes, and reduce the president's salary from $400,000 to about $40,000. He would not raise the debt ceiling would audit, and eventually end, the Federal Reserve.
Paul would abolish welfare, which he calls a “powerful incentive” for illegal immigration. He says he would not grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, arguing that it only encourages more law-breaking.
Paul, who first ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian, is a favorite of the Tea Party movement. He has called “Occupy Wall Street” a legitimate free speech effort but said he didn’t know who the protesters were or what they were demonstrating against.
Paul would remove restrictions on drilling, repeal the federal tax on gasoline, close the Environmental Protection Agency, and lift government restrictions on the use of coal and nuclear power.
Paul would work to repeal Roe v. Wade and remove abortion from federal court jurisdiction. He favors ejecting the federal government from public education and supports tax credits for parents who opt out of public school.
Paul calls the Social Security program unconstitutional, but says it should be maintained while allowing younger workers to opt out.
Paul says as president he would veto any unbalanced budget and decline to raise the debt ceiling. He would also audit and eventually shutter the Federal Reserve and eradicate income, capital gains, and death taxes.
Paul calls for eliminating foreign aid and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Disavows waterboarding and torture, which he says is "illegal," "immoral," and "un-American." He would use constitutional means to capture and kill terrorist leaders rather than war, cut waste in the military budget, and eventually abolish the Transportation Security Administration.
Paul would work to repeal Obama’s healthcare reform. He favors allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and would provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.
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