It turns out becoming president was not always Ron Paul's dream. Like so many other Americans in the 1960s, he wanted to be an astronaut. "I actually had a daydream of becoming the first physician to go into space," he confessed during the Jacksonville debate, noting that when he entered the Air Force in 1962, right after John Glenn's historic flight in February of that year, he studied aerospace medicine.
But even though he never became an astronaut, it doesn't mean he doesn't still have dreams about space. Now, he said with a laugh, he doesn't want the country to spend the money to return to the moon. But, he added, "I think we maybe should send some politicians up there sometimes."
Paul also was grilled about his age. Now 76, he would be the oldest president in U.S. history if elected, prompting moderator Wolf Blitzer to ask if he will release his medical records."Oh, obviously, because it's about one page, if even that long," he said. But then he challenged his younger rivals "to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day in the heat of Texas."
More seriously - or at least, he seemed to be serious - he told Blitzer that questions about his health have come up "sometimes in fun, but sometimes not in fun." He warned Blitzer, "There are laws against age discrimination, so, if you push this too much, you better be careful."