Education: B.S. from Gettysburg College, M.D. from Duke University.
Military: Flight surgeon in the USAF 1963-1968.
Professional: Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Author of 10 books.
Family: Married with five children.
Political: U.S. House of Representatives, 1976-1977, 1979-1985, 1997-present. Ran for President as Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008.
State of residence: Texas
Campaign website: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/
Either Paul is the smartest man in the room that is the GOP field or he’s a prophet. It has to be one or the other, because only Paul was warning in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and three years ago that were we headed right smack dab into the middle of where we now find ourselves.
And certainly, the Johnny-come-latelys to the battle for a sound money policy and an end to the Federal Reserve — Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich — can’t say they’ve advocated against the Federal Reserve for longer than a month or two. For them, it’s a matter of expediency and a political ploy. For Paul, it’s a matter of conviction.
A look back over his record shows a man who is today the same man he was yesterday, last year, last decade, 50 years ago — ever since he became a disciple of Ludwig von Mises and believer in Austrian economics while pursuing his medical career.
His entry into politics was sparked by President Richard Nixon’s price controls and the decision to remove the United States from the gold standard.
“I remember the day very clearly,” Paul says of Aug. 15, 1971. “Nixon closed the gold window, which meant admitting that we could no longer meet our commitments and that there would be no more backing of the dollar. After that day, all money would be political money rather than money of real value. I was astounded.”
The Republican establishment calls Paul Dr. No, because in all votes Paul defaults to the Constitution. If Congress is pushing a bill that exceeds its authority, Paul will vote no, no matter who in the Republican hierarchy is pushing him to vote yes. He always votes against tax increases and bills that increase spending in unConstitutional ways.