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I Like Ron Paul - There, I Said It Again. 
6th-Sep-2007 08:07 pm
Is it just me or is Ron Paul
The ONLY Republican that "gets it"?

Perhaps more remarkable than watching Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee trot out the “if you break it, you buy it” analogy in relation to the Iraq war during Wednesday’s debate is taking in Ron Paul’s exasperated speech about how a handful of neocons in Washington “hijacked our foreign policy.”

Ron Paul aims and shoots correctly every time he speaks on foreign policy.
7th-Sep-2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Like other people said, he's really a Libertarian which is why he's infinitely better than any of the other candidates. He'd certainly be a vast improvement over Bush, but there's still a few pretty big issues for me that would stop him from getting my vote over any of the likely Democratic candidates. The biggest 2 being health care, and the environment; I'm fairly sure he's directly opposed to health care for all, and I have no idea where he stands on the environment which to me indicates he probably has no plans of doing anything to improve it.

I'm not a fan on his stance on abortion or gun control, but they're not dealbreakers to me.

That said, he does get major credit for his stance on Iraq, having opposed the federal marriage ammendment, fighting to get rid of the Patriot Act, and wanting to end the war on drugs.
7th-Sep-2007 02:02 am (UTC)
He's been pretty mum on environmental issues (he repeatedly refused to take the National Political Awareness Test), but on health care this is what I dug up:
* 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)
* Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
Will keep updates going to vote_smart.
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