Are the media scared of Ron Paul?
News outlets routinely treat the Ron Paul candidacy as a hopeless case, if they mention him at all among GOP presidential hopefuls. He cites fear, but bewilderment might be a more accurate reason.
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Is he even a Republican? True, he’s conservative, with a small “c” – so antitax and antigovernment spending that a few years ago, an academic survey rated him as having the most conservative voting record of any person to have served in Congress between 1937 and 2002.Skip to next paragraph
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But he’s also anti-interventionist to the point where he sounds like the left wing of the Democratic Party. He’s complained that President Obama is moving too slowly in getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance, and he says US national-security establishment warnings that Iran wants nuclear weapons are “war propaganda.”
“They just want No. 6 war. We have essentially five going on now and we’re broke, and the American people know we can’t afford any more wars,” Paul told Fox on Tuesday.
Many pundits think this stance alone means Paul can’t win the GOP nomination, since many Republican voters lean hawk.
Paul has “deep support,” but his “Dennis Kucinich-esque foreign policy agenda is anathema to most Republicans,” and he’s thus “not a credible candidate for the nomination,” wrote Kyle Kondik, an analysts at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, on the center’s “Crystal Ball” blog in the wake of the Iowa straw poll results.
Paul’s view that US monetary policy should be nudged back toward the gold standard is also, um, pretty unorthodox. Fellow candidate Perry just called the head of the Federal Reserve “treasonous”, however, so perhaps Paul’s economic policies will look less outside-the-mainstream by comparison.
Paul says that he’s disturbed by the how the press ignores him, but he knows how the system works, so he’s not surprised.
“It’s not like I’m just trying to win and get elected. I’m trying to change the course of history,” he said Tuesday.