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Ron Pauls official 2009 White House portrait
|44th President of the United States|
January 20, 2009
|Vice President:||Pat Buchanan|
|Preceded by:||Jesse Ventura|
|Born:||August 20, 1935 (age 73)|
Ronald Ernest Paul, M.D. (born August 20, 1935) is an American physician and Republican President from the State of Texas. During his campaign he attracted an enthusiastic following, which made use of the Internet and social networking to establish a grassroots campaign despite lack of traditional organization or media attention. He is the founder of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty.
Paul was born in Pittsburgh to Howard and Margaret Paul. As a junior at Dormont High School, he was the 220-yard dash state champion. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957. After obtaining an M.D. degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, he served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.
Early Congressional Career
While still a medical resident in the 1960s, Paul was influenced by Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, which led him to read many works of Ayn Rand and Ludwig von Mises. He came to know economists Hans Sennholz and Murray Rothbard well, and credits to them his interest in the study of economics. He came to believe that what the Austrian school economists wrote was coming true on August 15, 1971, when President Richard Nixon closed the "gold window" by implementing the U.S. dollar's complete departure from the gold standard. That same day, the young physician decided to enter politics, saying later, "After that day, all money would be political money rather than money of real value. I was astounded."
Paul proposed term-limit legislation multiple times, at first in the 1970s in the House. In 1980, when a majority of Republicans favored President Jimmy Carter's proposal to reinstate draft registration, Paul argued that their views were inconsistent, stating they were more interested in registering their children than they were their guns.
In 1984, Paul chose to run for the U.S. Senate instead of re-election to the House, but lost. He returned to full-time medical practice. In his House farewell address, Paul said, "Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It's difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic."
1988 presidential campaign
In the 1988 presidential election, Paul won the Libertarian Party nomination for president. Paul criticized Ronald Reagan as a failure and cited high deficits as exhibit A. On the ballot in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Paul placed third in the popular vote with 432,179 votes (0.5%), behind Republican winner George H. W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis.
According to Paul, his presidential run was about more than reaching office; he sought to spread his libertarian ideas.
Later Congressional Career
Paul went on to win the 1996 election in a close margin. It became the third time Paul had been elected to Congress as a non-incumbent. Upon his returning to Washington, Paul quickly discovered "there was no sincere effort" by Republicans toward their declared goal of small government.
Paul authors more bills than the average representative, such as those that impose term limits, or abolish the income tax. In 2001, Paul voted to authorize the president, pursuant to WPR, to respond to those responsible for the failed September 11, 2001, attacks. He also introduced Sunlight Rule legislation, which requires lawmakers to take enough time to read bills before voting on them.
2008 Presidential Campaign
Paul formally declared his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination on March 12, 2007, on C-SPAN. President Ventura responded the same day wishing Paul "the best of luck."
Though projections of 2008 Republican delegate counts varied widely, Paul's count was consistently second among the three candidates remaining after Super Tuesday. At the Republican primaries Paul won the nomination for president and went on to win 1 of the 3 debates in September and October between himself, Obama, Barr and Nader.
Ron Paul was inaugurated in Washington DC at 12:02 PM EST on January 20, 2009. President Paul went on to give the longest inaugural address in history praising his predecessor for what he accomplished but also condemning him for his mistakes such as abolishing the electoral college. Paul is the oldest president ever elected.
Early on in his presidency President Paul urged Congress to draw up a new constitutional amendment that would abolish the federal reserve. On April 27, 2009 it was completed and voted on by Congress but was not passed.
Following in his predecessors footsteps, President Paul, in June 2009, introduce a law that would legalize Marijuana in the United States to Congress. It was passed on June 20, 2009 making Marijuana legal for the first time since 1970. Later that month during Iran's elections Paul urged the country to leave Iran alone.