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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Rep. Ron Paul has filed papers in Texas to create a presidential exploratory committee that will allow him to raise money, the Associated Press reported late Thursday. The nine-term congressman from southeast Texas was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988 and received more than 400,000 votes, the AP reported. This time he plans to run as a Republican.
 

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For those of you who do not know: http://www.house.gov/paul/

and from http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2006/tst062606.htm

The UN claims to serve human freedom and dignity, but gun control often serves as a gateway to tyranny. Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control. Our Founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms serves as the guardian of every other right. This is the principle so often ignored by both sides in the gun control debate. Only armed citizens can resist tyrannical government.
I bet letters to Rep. Paul do not get return emails stating his supposed "strong support for the Second Amendment" generally without any concrete details on what that means.
 

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From a speech on the House floor:

http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congr ... 100404.htm

It is unfortunate that people in the federal capital city have for nearly thirty years faced some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. This fact is particularly unfortunate given Washington, D.C.’s recent history as the murder capital of the United States. Ironically, the place where people most need to bear arms to defend themselves from violent crime has been one of places where the exercise of that right has been most restricted.

A strong case can be made that the high rate of violent crimes, including murders, in Washington, D.C. is due in part to restrictions on the exercise of the right to bear arms. When potential victims are likely armed, criminals think twice about committing violent crimes: a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is an excellent deterrent to crime. Across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Virginia does not have this horrific crime and murder rate. Yet, people in Virginia can buy, own, and even carry guns in public.

I am hopeful that the House’s consideration of HR 3193 indicates a new openness to legislation that will roll back other unconstitutional and dangerous restrictions on Americans’ right to bear arms. For years, federal lawmakers have been passing gun control laws, even though they have no authority to do so.
 

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I hope he does run. If he does, he has my vote.
Amen Brother!

Get on his email list "Freedom Watch."
He emails once a week and it is very informative.
 

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Running as a Republican?!

Why has he joined that party of Traitors?
He did it for a good reason. He is far more likely to get votes if he runs as a republican than a libertarian. The majority of voters (particularly those that would vote republican) think that Libertarians are just a bunch of dope smoking hippies who want to let all the illegals in.

The brilliant Milton Friedman once said: "I am a libertarian with a small l and a Republican with a capital R. And I am a Republican with a capital R on grounds of expediency, not on principle."

I believe that Paul would agree with that statement.
 

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Ron Paul states: Jan 15th 2007
"Meanwhile, US troops stormed the Iranian consulate in Iraq and detained several Iranian diplomats. Taken together, the message was clear: the administration intends to move the US closer to a dangerous and ill-advised conflict with Iran."

He tells it like it is.
 

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Running as a Republican?!

Why has he joined that party of Traitors?
Foul, where have you been for the last three decades while he was a Republican Congressman? :lol:

The answer is simple - he could not get elected as a Libertarian, just like nobody else gets elected as a libertarian.

If they were smart, more of them would run as Republicans.

P.S. Like me, Ron Paul is pro-life, which gets him shafted by the Libertarians, who do not have a lot of tolerance for anybody who fails to adhere to the party line on even one issue.

There is more room for differing views within one of the two major parties, and a flood of Libertarians could influence the party platform in a beneficial way, perhaps even pulling the Republicans back from their slide into socialism.
 

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Whatdya care what his party name is so long as he represents your views? Would you vote for a Democrat that wanted to repeal the income tax and all gun control laws? And dismantle social security and other welfare programs?
 

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I would rather NOT vote for either a Democrat OR Republican, both of whom have a sordid history of raping the Constitution, stealing my rights and spending me and my children into early graves.
 

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Whatdya care what his party name is so long as he represents your views? Would you vote for a Democrat that wanted to repeal the income tax and all gun control laws? And dismantle social security and other welfare programs?
I've voted for people in the past that did not do what they promised. How are they different?.....they're not.
 

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Yep, I now view people on what they have actually done, not on what they say.

If they claim they did not understand something... well that is what they have staff for. READ.

If both have no history and one claims to be pro-gun and the other claims nothing, then the pro-gun person will be ahead only slightly.
 

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Ron Paul has a history, and it does not consist of earmarks, gun control, or the exercise of power not granted to the government in the Constitution.

He votes "no" on Republican bloated budgets.
 

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Ron Paul has a history, and it does not consist of earmarks, gun control, or the exercise of power not granted to the government in the Constitution.

He votes "no" on Republican bloated budgets.
Which is why he is the only person I have heard of that is interested in running, that I would be interested in voting for. :D
 

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http://www.newsmax.com/archives/article ... shtml?s=lh

. . . But this independent thinking man is no slave to a strict libertarian agenda â€" voting against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (bigger government, he says), supporting border security, and opposing illegal immigration â€" all postures that would rattle the Libertarian core.
Here's how a President Ron Paul would address some of the telling issues of the day:
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Gun Control

"Tortured interpretations of the Second amendment cannot change the fact that both the letter of the amendment itself and the legislative history conclusively show that the Founders intended ordinary citizens to be armed. The notion that the Second amendment confers rights only upon organized state-run militias is preposterous; the amendment is meaningless unless it protects the gun rights of individuals."
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
Ron Paul has a history, and it does not consist of earmarks, gun control, or the exercise of power not granted to the government in the Constitution.

He votes "no" on Republican bloated budgets.
Which is why he is the only person I have heard of that is interested in running, that I would be interested in voting for. :D
+1 I totally agree, and would love to see him get the Republican nomination and win.
 

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Damn!
I'll have to scrub my hands with Brillo pads and sulphuric acid afterwards, but I might just have to vote for a Republican this time around...
 
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