Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul came to town Sept. 15 for a fund-raiser and rally. City Weekly caught up with the libertarian M.D., who also happens to be talk-show host Bill Maher’s “new hero,” to see what all the hubbub is about:
What should City Weekly readers know about Ron Paul? That I fight for your individual rights and freedoms more than any other politician in Washington.
On what issues do you part company with other Republican candidates? I part company on the direction that the Republican Party has taken on a lot of things in the past six years. Republicans have traditionally been non-interventionist when it come to foreign policy and stood for less government and constitutional rights at home. But now, we have become a party that advocates pre-emptive war, entitlement spending and illegal wiretapping. I want to bring the party back to the traditions from which we have strayed.
If, while attending your fund-raising brunch in Salt Lake City, you notice the wait-staff is made up of mostly undocumented workers, what would you tell them about their future employment prospects in the United States? That I hope that we can fix our broken immigration system and attune it much more closely to the free market so the United States can be much more generous in granting legal immigration and guest worker programs.
If you are elected president, when would you order troops withdrawn from Iraq? I would immediately have the troops stop patrolling the streets of Iraq. That is a policeman’s job, not a job for our brave men and women. Then, I would consult with our military leaders and devise a plan to withdraw all of our troops as quickly and safely as possible.