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The name Ron Paul keeps getting tossed around as a "dark horse" candidate for president in 2008. I've read some of the positions attributed to him and just viewed this video.
So far, I get the impression that he is a "minimalist" [although he prefers to be seen as an "originalist"]... a moralistic Libertarian in Republican clothing?
The political positions of Ron Paul are in line with this American politician's stance as a Constitutionalist who professes a libertarian ideology. Accordingly, he opposes presidential autonomy and judicial activism and rejects a welfare state or nanny state role for the federal government.
Paul says that the Republican Party has lost its commitment to limited government and has instead become the party of big government. He regularly votes against almost all proposals for new government spending, initiatives, or taxes. His unwillingness to vote for proposals not expressly authorized by the Constitution, along with his medical degree, have earned him the nickname “Dr. No.”
Paul supports free trade, tighter border security, gun ownership, non-compulsory school prayer, and a return to free market health care. He opposes abortion, capital punishment, NAFTA and the WTO, the income tax, universal health care, the War on Drugs, federal regulation of marriage, and foreign interventionism, advocating withdrawal from NATO and the United Nations. He voted against funding same-sex adoption. He is pro-life and believes Roe v. Wade unconstitutionally overrides state jurisdiction on the matter, and should be overturned, arguing that "the federal government has no authority whatsoever to involve itself in the abortion issue". In an effort "to reverse some of the impact of Roe v. Wade," he voted to ban partial-birth abortions.
One aside: he seems to be for allowing states to have their own product regulations. To me that implies chaos... 50 different sets of rules and specifications for manufacturers to contend with. That's way too much government involvement. He sees it as states' rights.