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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / PRESIDENTIAL 2012

Paul Fires Back at Critics on Iowa

Texas Republican says his contrarian foreign-policy views can attract Democrats and independents.

photo of Rodney Hawkins
December 22, 2011

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Rep. Ron Paul says his critics are engaged in “wishful thinking” if they believe that if he wins the upcoming Iowa caucuses it would discredit the Hawkeye State’s long-established first-in-the-nation political process.

“I don’t know why we have elections if they don’t mean anything.… If you win one caucus, it doesn’t guarantee anything,” the Texas Republican told National Journal/CBS News in an interview late Wednesday.

Polls currently show Paul with a slim lead in Iowa, a tribute to his superior political organization in the state. But most political observers say Paul has almost no chance of winning the GOP nomination because of his uncompromising libertarian beliefs. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 45 percent of Republicans and Republican leaders said his opposition to U.S. military intervention overseas is a major reason to oppose his candidacy.

 

Paul acknowledged that “I have my work cut out for me” because many other Republicans have abandoned the historical views of former Ohio Sen. Robert Taft, who opposed U.S. involvement in World War II, and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who upon leaving office warned of the dangers of the “military-industrial complex.”

“I defend my position as a Republican,” Paul said. “So [other Republicans] sort of left that tradition of being less militant. I frequently quote a famous congressman from Iowa, H.R. Gross, and he and I would have voted together completely. He was a civil libertarian and he was a fiscal conservative and he didn’t like any wars going on overseas.”

Paul also noted that his antiwar views have drawn support from Democrats and independent voters. “I think if you look at the support we get from the independents and Democrats that it really makes a point that we would be a very strong candidate against [President] Obama,” he said.

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