Prior to the Republican debate "Your
Money, Your Vote" on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Presidential candidate Ron Paul
sat down for an exclusive interview with The Arab American News.
Paul is a longtime U.S. Congressman from Texas who has gained
grassroots popularity through his outspoken criticisms of the Federal
Reserve private banking system in the U.S. and his strong anti-war
stances, among other viewpoints.
Here is what he had to say leading up to his appearance:
TAAN: Talk about your history in Michigan and campaigning leading up to the election.
I first got in contact with Michigan when I studied medicine here for
two years back in the early 60s. We've been in and out over the years,
certainly we were here four years ago for the debates and we're back
this time as well.
TAAN: How are things shaping up with the campaign so far?
RP: It's a lot different now than it was four years ago even though there
was a lot of enthusiasm back then. But some of the things we talked
about have come about, you know like the deep recession, the financial
situation is much worse, and also the foreign policy has changed a bit
because the American people at large, the majority are tired of what
we're doing in the Middle East, and they're tired of Afghanistan so
we're getting a lot more support in that area.
TAAN: How do you feel like you're being treated by the so-called "mainstream
media," do you feel you're getting a fair shake from them?
RP: I don't think I ever get fair shakes, we get a fair number of
interviews but we don't get mentioned in the news. We had a rally the
other day near Minneapolis and we had 3,000 people come out something
like that never would make a national news item but it seems like that
could be significant, so a lot of times we're ignored that way but we
get a lot of support and enthusiasm from debates as well as the
TAAN: So do you view these debates as your time to shine because a lot of
times your message might not get out there in the general public as much
as other candidates?
RP: It's always been helpful from four years ago up until now because
after the debates there's always more enthusiasm, more people calling
in, more people introduced to what I'm doing and it usually helps fund
raising a lot too.
TAAN: You've said a lot about the 'American Empire' in the Middle East and
across the world and basically how America can't afford that anymore. Is
that something people are getting behind in your campaign?
RP: Well, they're getting closer to my position because they're sick and
tired of the failures, the perpetual wars and all the money that's being
spent in the bad economy that we have. From studying our history and
realizing the failure of our foreign policy ever since I was in the
service in the 1960s during the Vietnam era, I've just come to a
stronger conclusion all the time that we're in too many places, we can't
afford it anymore, it doesn't do us any good and probably does us a lot
of harm. I just think that we shouldn't be in these countries and the
Constitution doesn't give us the authority to do it, the founders were
very wise in advising us to stay out of the internal affairs of other
nations and not get involved in these entangling alliances which so
often we get involved in and we obligate ourselves. That I think is just
a totally failed policy and has to come to an end.