Magazine article The New American

Ron Paul's Race: Presidential Aspirant Ron Paul Speaks about Successfully Bypassing the Media That Have Ignored Him and about Why His Campaign Is Drawing Supporters across the Political Spectrum

Magazine article The New American

Ron Paul's Race: Presidential Aspirant Ron Paul Speaks about Successfully Bypassing the Media That Have Ignored Him and about Why His Campaign Is Drawing Supporters across the Political Spectrum

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Interview of Congressman Ron Paul by Brian Farmer

THE NEW AMERICAN magazine interviewed Congressman Ron Paul a few weeks after the Iowa Straw Poll. What follows is a transcript of that interview.

THE NEW AMERICAN: You seem to be more popular on the Internet than any other candidate. In fact, if the presidential race were to be decided on the basis of Internet popularity, you almost certainly would be the next president. How do you explain the Ron Paul-Internet phenomenon?

Congressman Ron Paul: The message of freedom is powerful. Freedom resonates with people from all walks of life, and when they hear it, they want to share it.

TNA: Why did you choose to contest the 2008 presidential election and not the ones in 1996 and 2000, when there was also no Republican incumbent running for reelection? Did the increasing impact of the Internet have something to do with your decision?

Ron Paul: From the beginning of this campaign, we realized that the Internet would play an important role. I was very excited about the power of the Internet to help level the playing field against candidates with ready access to tens of millions of dollars. To be honest, I was at first very hesitant to run. People very close to me worked hard to convince me that there were people out there who were receptive to the message of freedom and the Constitution, and I have been thrilled to see just how many there are.

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TNA: Does this online/grass-roots support suggest that there is a certain level of dissatisfaction among the people with regard to the mainline GOP and Democratic parties and candidates?

Ron Paul: I believe it does. America has drifted away from what has made us so great. More and more people realize that we are losing our freedoms and living beyond our means and on borrowed money. Both parties, for the most part, seem to defend the status quo. Americans are fed up and want a real change in course. I believe I offer that.

TNA: If you win the GOP nomination, what kind of message do you think this would send?

Ron Paul: That the American people want freedom and adherence to the Constitution. I think it would be a real mandate for change and a rejection of the big government and corporatism we've been getting for decades.

TNA: What would it mean if you don't get the GOP nomination?

Ron Paul: I guess it would mean that there will be some disappointed people. It would also mean that we are probably going to get a president who gives us more of the same and moves us closer and closer to big trouble.

TNA: Since your supporters seem to be mainly pushing your message online, is there anything you're doing to boost your presence on the Internet?

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Ron Paul: My staff is always looking into new ways to spread our message. We are working to add new tools to our website and coming up with some pretty neat stuff. One of my staffers, for example, carries a camera at some of our events and broadcasts it live over the Internet. But the most important thing we can do is to keep doing what we've been doing, and that is putting the message out there. People listen when we talk about freedom.

TNA: Is there one main part of your platform that seems to be drawing the attention of voters?

Ron Paul: It seems like many people first hear about me because I am offering an alternative to our current, broken foreign policy. I advocate for a constitutional foreign policy recommended by the Founders and that is non-intervention. I am also the only Republican candidate opposed to the Iraq War, so that gets people's attention, and they want to learn more about the message of freedom and the Constitution. …

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