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Republican Representative (TX-14); previously Libertarian for President:
Ron Paul on the Issues

Ron Paul on Abortion

  • Abortion is murder. (Apr 2008)
  • Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution. (Apr 2008)
  • Define life at conception in law, as scientific statement. (Feb 2008)
  • Protecting the life of the unborn is protecting liberty. (Feb 2008)
  • Get the federal government out of abortion decision. (Nov 2007)
  • Delivered 4000 babies; & assuredly life begins at conception. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctity of Life Act: remove federal jurisdiction. (Sep 2007)
  • Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench. (Sep 2007)
  • Save �snowflake babies�: no experiments on frozen embryos. (Sep 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 56% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)

Ron Paul on Budget & Economy

  • Wall Street is dumping its trouble onto Main Street. (Sep 2008)
  • Mortgage & Financial Institutions Trust: more of the same. (Sep 2008)
  • Wasteful government spending backed by both parties. (Apr 2008)
  • There�s payback for guns and butter. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax. (Feb 2008)
  • Great nations and empires end for financial reasons. (Feb 2008)
  • Live within our means and start paying down the deficit now. (Feb 2008)
  • All bets are off if a cataclysmic dollar devaluation occurs. (Feb 2008)
  • We owe foreigners $2.7 trillion and more printing won�t do. (Feb 2008)
  • Stimulus package means more printing & devaluing the dollar. (Feb 2008)
  • Economic Revitalization Plan: �Prescription for Prosperity�. (Feb 2008)
  • We�re worse off than in 2000, due to Bush & Congress. (Jan 2008)
  • The people, not government, are supposed to run the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan was very sympathetic to the gold standard. (Jan 2008)
  • Federal Reserve creates money and prints it out of thin air. (Jan 2008)
  • Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money. (Jan 2008)
  • Dollar crashing due to trillions spent on maintaining empire. (Jan 2008)
  • Waving a flag the whole time on spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Lower interest rates CAUSED housing bubble & can�t solve it. (Jan 2008)
  • The longer the Fed delays recession, the worse the recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Give up American empire; that reduces debt without sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore GOP by returning to less gov�t & fiscal conservatism. (Dec 2007)
  • Weak economy is source of resentment against immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve. (Oct 2007)
  • Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor. (Oct 2007)
  • Can�t legislate economic fairness; so make government small. (Sep 2007)
  • Prioritize spending based on Constitution--and lower it too. (Sep 2007)
  • Fiat money causes economic & political imbalances. (Jun 2007)
  • Government out of regulating economy & out of our bedrooms. (Jan 2007)
  • Oil prices rise in part because of the weak dollar. (Jan 2006)
  • We can�t afford a trillion-dollar war in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Maintaining American empire diminishes dollar. (Jun 2004)
  • We�ve come to accept debt, wealth confiscation, & big gov�t. (Dec 1987)
  • Gold standard limits deficit spending. (Dec 1987)
  • Friedman monetarist policy is better, but still inflationary. (Dec 1981)
  • Depreciating currency is greatest threat to middle class. (Dec 1981)
  • Gold standard avoids need for government promises. (Dec 1981)
  • Gold standard means minimal inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Dollar as fiat currency only benefits politicians. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & on-budget accounting. (Dec 2000)
  • Maintain public information about M3 money supply. (Mar 2006)

Ron Paul on Civil Rights

  • National ID card is part of fear-based government. (Feb 2008)
  • Civil Rights Act was more about property than race relations. (Dec 2007)
  • Against ID for immigrants; it leads to national ID card. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect all voluntary associations; don�t define marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • No affirmative action for any group. (Sep 2007)
  • No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough. (Sep 2007)
  • First Amendment was written for controversial speech. (Sep 2007)
  • Use power of presidency to restore habeas corpus. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t ask, don�t tell is a decent policy for gays in army. (Jun 2007)
  • Tamper-proof I.D. for immigrants is a bad idea. (Jan 2006)
  • Gender-equal pay violates idea of voluntary contract. (Dec 1987)
  • In times of war, our freedoms are threatened at home. (Dec 1987)
  • Rights belong only to individuals, not collective groups. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)

Ron Paul on Corporations

  • Big business demand for easy money causes inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 46% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Ron Paul on Crime

  • Opposes death penalty at state and federal level. (Jan 2008)
  • Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes �hate crimes� legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Not appropriate to prosecute all illegal adult pornography. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the death penalty. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)

Ron Paul on Drugs

  • War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
  • Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
  • $500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
  • Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
  • Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad. (Oct 2001)
  • Societal inconsistency on alcohol contributes to drug use. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)

Ron Paul on Education

  • School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
  • Private funds for arts work better than government funds. (Apr 2008)
  • Close Dept. of Education, but don�t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007)
  • Don�t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Ron Paul on Energy & Oil

  • Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Ron Paul on Environment

  • Neglected property rights during the industrial revolution. (Jan 2008)
  • Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
  • Scored 14% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)

Ron Paul on Families & Children

  • Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids. (Jan 2005)
  • State role on medical care for children undermines freedom. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 76% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Ron Paul on Foreign Policy

  • We spend $1 trillion a year overseas; it�s needed at home. (Sep 2008)
  • Can�t spread our goodness through the barrel of a gun. (Feb 2008)
  • We tax people to blow up bridges overseas then rebuild them. (Jan 2008)
  • Cut off all foreign aid to Israel & to Arabs. (Dec 2007)
  • Get out of South Korea and let two Koreas unify. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush humble foreign policy was hijacked into nation-building. (Dec 2007)
  • US must obey treaties human rights abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on the Iraq war and foreign policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Stop interfering with Latin America; talk & trade instead. (Dec 2007)
  • Empires usually end by spending too much to maintain empire. (Dec 2007)
  • Stronger national defense by changing our foreign policy. (Nov 2007)
  • No constitutional or moral authority for US action in Darfur. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Not US role to monitor eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
  • Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force. (Aug 2007)
  • Interventionism perpetuated by politician�s false patriotism. (Jun 2007)
  • No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars. (Jun 2007)
  • Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush mistake: ran on humble foreign policy; now runs empire. (Jun 2007)
  • Non-intervention is traditional American & Republican policy. (May 2007)
  • Avoid double standard--follow international law. (Jun 2006)
  • No nation-building; no world policeman; no pre-emptive war. (Jan 2006)
  • UN membership leads to impractical military conflicts. (Feb 2003)
  • Neutrality on Israel-Palestine; start by defunding both. (Dec 2001)
  • Policy of non-intervention, neutrality, & independence. (Dec 1987)
  • $140B to protect Europe creates competitive disadvantage. (Dec 1987)
  • Foreign aid helps dictators, not the people of aided country. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful . (Dec 2000)
  • Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production. (May 2001)
  • Sponsored bill invalidating International Criminal Court. (Mar 2003)
  • Sponsored bill to end the Cuban embargo. (Apr 2003)
  • Sponsored resolution to withdraw from UNESCO. (Jun 2004)

Ron Paul on Free Trade

  • Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it�s I-35. (Feb 2008)
  • Look at the monetary system and deal with the trade issues. (Dec 2007)
  • Block international highway from Canada to Mexico. (Dec 2007)
  • No North American Union; no WTO; no UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade not contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • NAFTA superhighway threatens widespread eminent domain. (Sep 2007)
  • IMF empowers politicians by causing inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Allow Americans to own gold; end large-scale foreign sales. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty . (Dec 2000)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 76% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)

Ron Paul on Government Reform

  • The �living Constitution� is the death of democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Constitution defines much smaller government. (Feb 2008)
  • Received the most campaign contributions from the military. (Feb 2008)
  • Dismantle agencies that have no Constitutional role. (Dec 2007)
  • Put 65 projects into 2006 bills, worth $4B to his district. (Dec 2007)
  • No on all earmarks, even those he proposes for his district. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports compulsory term limits, not voluntary for himself. (Dec 2007)
  • DC voting representation should be determined by Amendment. (Sep 2007)
  • No federal voter ID card; but state ID cards ok. (Sep 2007)
  • Constitution was written to restrain the federal government. (Sep 2007)
  • We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • End government secrecy; restore openness of information. (Aug 2007)
  • With neocon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush. (Aug 2007)
  • Signing statements erode constitutional balance. (Jul 2007)
  • Conservatives support big government war policies. (Jun 2007)
  • Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security. (May 2007)
  • Judges have become legislators by de-emphasizing juries. (Dec 1987)
  • Our government routinely lies to us. (Dec 1987)
  • Federal abuses today worse than King�s in 1776 revolution. (Dec 1987)
  • Spending without taxation causes inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit federal power, per the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2000)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions; with full disclosure. (Dec 2000)

Ron Paul on Gun Control

  • Let airlines make rules about passenger guns to fight terror. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it�s not just a �collective right�. (Mar 2007)
  • Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Support the Second Amendment . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill against United Nations taxation on firearms. (Sep 2003)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Ron Paul on Health Care

  • Replace Medicaid with volunteer pro-bono medical care. (Apr 2008)
  • Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling. (Apr 2008)
  • Insurance companies & gov�t make healthcare unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
  • Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Socialized medicine won�t work; nor managed care. (Oct 2007)
  • Managed care is expensive and hasn�t worked. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Not government�s role to protect people like Terri Schiavo. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)

Ron Paul on Homeland Security

  • Conscription is unconstitutional--including National Service. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: US spends $572B on foreign operations, not $1T. (Feb 2008)
  • Military is not in good shape; we have a de facto draft. (Feb 2008)
  • We�re broke and we just can�t continue to police the world. (Feb 2008)
  • We don�t need any troops abroad--they don�t help our defense. (Dec 2007)
  • Stop policing the world and we can get rid of income tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Bring all troops home from abroad & save $100B�s every year. (Dec 2007)
  • 9/11 resulted from blasphemy of our bases in Saudi Arabia. (Dec 2007)
  • Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • In wartime, people willing to sacrifice liberty for security. (Dec 2007)
  • No presidential power for secret surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • Habeas corpus always applies, even to Guantanamo. (Dec 2007)
  • We have a de-facto draft; we can achieve more in peace. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect against terrorism by understanding their motivations. (Dec 2007)
  • Violating habeas corpus will be used against us. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect military chaplains� right to pray in preferred faith. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate FBI & DHS; interpret intelligence intelligently. (Sep 2007)
  • Governments orchestrate fear to throw their weight around. (Jun 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war policy is a grave mistake. (Jun 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war is not part of the American tradition. (Jun 2007)
  • DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it. (May 2007)
  • Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense. (May 2007)
  • Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus. (May 2007)
  • Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War. (Jan 2007)
  • Jihadists attack because we have bases in their countries. (Jan 2006)
  • We�d be as furious as Muslims are, if our land was occupied. (Jan 2006)
  • Grouping terrorists together damages relations with Muslims. (Jan 2006)
  • We can�t fight for freedom if we impose Patriot Act. (Sep 2005)
  • Costs of war always higher than expected & go on for decades. (Jun 2005)
  • Conscription is forced servitude--no draft for illegal wars. (Nov 2003)
  • Explore reasons behind terrorist attacks on US. (Oct 2001)
  • Reassess �mutual security� treaties; our allies never aid us. (Dec 1987)
  • Conscription is a trait of totalitarian government. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End draft registration; all-volunteer forces . (Dec 2000)
  • Federal duty to provide missile defense . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Terminate Selective Service. (Jan 2007)
  • Appoint chiropractors as commissioned officers. (Apr 2008)

Ron Paul on Immigration

  • If economy were good, there�d be no immigration problem. (Dec 2007)
  • Amend Constitution to remove aliens� birthright citizenship. (Dec 2007)
  • Those who attack bilingualism are jealous & feel inferior. (Dec 2007)
  • No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
  • No amnesty, but border fence isn�t so important. (Jun 2007)
  • We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • End all incentives and amnesty for illegal immigrants. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Sponsored bill banning student visas from terrorist nations. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)

Ron Paul on Jobs

  • Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions. (Oct 2007)
  • Minimum wage takes away opportunities, especially for blacks. (Sep 2007)
  • No �sexual orientation� in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 47% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a mixed record on union issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)

Ron Paul on Principles & Values

  • Contract with America was a toothless cop out. (Apr 2008)
  • 11/5/07: Set fundraising record of $4 million in single day. (Apr 2008)
  • We lost because we�re neither compassionate nor conservative. (Feb 2008)
  • Liberty promotes peace, and peace promotes prosperity. (Feb 2008)
  • Tyranny and inflation are ancient, Bill of Rights isn�t. (Feb 2008)
  • Would not have appointed Justice O�Connor. (Jan 2008)
  • The Republicans don�t act like Republicans anymore. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan ran on limited government, but increased its size. (Dec 2007)
  • Called Bush 41 a �bum�; didn�t vote for Bush 43. (Dec 2007)
  • 99% no intention to run as independent if he loses GOP race. (Dec 2007)
  • Breaks one-day fundraising record: $6M at �Boston Tea Party�. (Dec 2007)
  • All political action�s goal should be to preserve liberty. (Dec 2007)
  • The term �revolution� was coined by the supporters. (Dec 2007)
  • Broke fundraising records by spontaneous support on Internet. (Dec 2007)
  • Blogosphere hails Paul/Gravel ticket with cross-party appeal. (Nov 2007)
  • Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending. (Oct 2007)
  • Washington shouldn�t dictate to us our personal behavior. (Sep 2007)
  • GOP will continue losing elections with current Iraq policy. (Sep 2007)
  • The champion of the Constitution. (Jun 2007)
  • Congress should write fewer laws regarding church & state. (Jun 2007)
  • Given epithet �Dr. No� by colleagues in Congress. (Jan 2007)
  • Neocons believe in secrecy, deceit, & imperialism. (Jul 2003)
  • Appears that American republic is in its waning days. (Dec 1987)
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Ron Paul on Social Security

  • Abolish Social Security, but not overnight. (Jan 2008)
  • Let people get out of Social Security; it�s a failure. (Jan 2008)
  • Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow young people to get out of the system. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one�s future. (Sep 2007)
  • Federal government won�t keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Ron Paul on Tax Reform

  • AdWatch: Taxpayer�s best friend: never supported an increase. (Feb 2008)
  • Spending money doesn�t stimulate economy; reduced taxes do. (Jan 2008)
  • Doesn�t want flat tax or consumption tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Get rid of IRS; get rid of income tax; get rid of spending. (Dec 2007)
  • The most sinister of all taxes is the inflation tax. (Dec 2007)
  • I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will. (Nov 2007)
  • GovWatch: Zero income tax reverts to 1990 budget, not 2000. (Nov 2007)
  • Immediately work to phase out the IRS. (May 2007)
  • Get rid of the inflation tax with sound money. (May 2007)
  • Campaign slogan in 2004: The Taxpayers� Best Friend. (Jan 2007)
  • 1986 tax simplification made tax code more incomprehensible. (Dec 1987)
  • Inflation is a form of taxation on poor & middle class. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 89% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Ron Paul on War & Peace

  • Terrorism is just like any other murder: you look for motive. (Apr 2008)
  • War in Iraq was senseless invasion of sovereign state. (Apr 2008)
  • Mandate declaration of war before military aggression. (Apr 2008)
  • The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure. (Jan 2008)
  • If Iran invaded Israel, it�s up to Congress to declare war. (Dec 2007)
  • Israeli government & the neocons want US to bomb Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Every country ended slavery without civil war; US could have. (Dec 2007)
  • No presidential authority to bomb Iran without Congress. (Dec 2007)
  • Non-intervention means Congress declares war when threatened. (Dec 2007)
  • Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran�s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Radicals come to kill us because we occupy their lands. (Sep 2007)
  • Talk to Iran like we talked to Soviets during Cold War. (Sep 2007)
  • US has fought 70 engagements since 1945. (Jun 2007)
  • Limit wars debunking glorification of war. (Jun 2007)
  • Terrorists attack us for our actions abroad, not our freedom. (Jun 2007)
  • Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon. (May 2007)
  • Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11. (May 2007)
  • When we go to war carelessly, the wars don�t end. (May 2007)
  • Iran not in violation of NPT--so talk without preconditions. (Jun 2006)
  • Same false arguments for invading Iraq now applied to Iran. (Apr 2006)
  • 1991 Gulf War was a UN war, not a US war. (Feb 2003)
  • We believe Osama�s threats, so why not believe his reasons? (Jan 2003)
  • Congress is abdicating its responsibility to declare war. (Oct 2002)
  • 2002: No evidence of Iraqi nukes nor al Qaeda ties. (Sep 2002)
  • Internationalists favor perpetual war by fear-mongering. (Dec 1987)
  • 1980s Libya bombing was an unauthorized act of war. (Dec 1987)

    Iraq War

  • Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11; Al Qaeda was not in Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • How many men are you willing to let die in Iraq? (Jan 2008)
  • The Iraq war is driving the US into bankruptcy. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush in 2000 had same humble policy that I propose in Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Terrorists do not attack us because we�re free or prosperous. (Jan 2008)
  • Congress can defund war, but not micromanage it. (Dec 2007)
  • Different view on war because I adhere to the Constitution. (Dec 2007)
  • Iraq is not Nazi Germany; WWII opposition did not cause WWII. (Dec 2007)
  • Anger abroad at US for planning 14 permanent bases in Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war. (Oct 2007)
  • We went into Iraq under false pretenses of WMD and 9/11. (Sep 2007)
  • Preemptive war is against Christian doctrine of just war. (Sep 2007)
  • No US role in autonomy for Christians in Iraq Nineveh region. (Sep 2007)
  • People saying �bloodbath� said �cakewalk�: listen to dissent. (Sep 2007)
  • Take marching orders from Constitution; not from al Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • How many more lives lost just to save face? (Sep 2007)
  • Neocons hijacked our foreign policy to invade Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose. (Aug 2007)
  • Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida. (Aug 2007)
  • We�re more threatened now by staying in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Stop policing Iraq�s streets; have Iraqis take over. (Jun 2007)
  • We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all. (May 2007)
  • Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war. (Jan 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for going after Al Qaeda, not invading Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted against war because Iraq was not a national threat. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

Ron Paul on Welfare & Poverty

  • Bush�s faith-based initiative is �a neocon project�. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
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