Does he really have a chance? Not to be ageist, but given that he is 72 wouldn't that be a turn off for voters? I only say that because recently in the UK a leader of one of the 3 main political party was forced from his job because of his age - he was 66 (in fact the reasons were less clear however this was a major factor). Perhaps age in politics is only a major factor in the UK since the likes of Tony Blair and David Cameron rose through the ranks.
Teddy Roosevelt was "the kid," taking oath at age 42. Ron Reagan was "the old man," taking at age 69. I doubt Paul's age matters too much to American voters.Not to be ageist, but given that he is 72 wouldn't that be a turn off for voters?
He was born in 1936. Apparently his detractors can't do math.Actually, John McCain is pushing or at 80. I've seen several interviews where his fitness for the position is questioned based on that fact alone.
Really? Dang. I might vote for this guy. If he can compete, that is. We've not had a good challenge to the Dumb & Dumber parties since that kook Perot.Ron Paul is a constitutionalist. Huuuuge on fiscal responsibility. Advocates a return to the gold standard. Solid view of economics and the very, very scary state that the US economy is in.
And he has some pretty far out-there views. He'd have the US pull out of major international organizations (I'm thinking that included the WTO and NATO but can't recall if the UN was included).
He has to win the primary first. His stance on Iraq will be questioned because its not something you can sit on the fence about. I'm not sure what the stance on Iraq is with the members of the Republican party, but if I was to guess I would think that they would not want a candidate who does not support the war. Ron Paul doesn't support the 100% so that might damage him during the Republican primary. Also, I don't think that many people know who Ron Paul is or what he stands for. The first step to getting elected is to be recognized.The one thing going for Ron Paul on the Republican side is that he is the only Republican who neither voted for the war nor endorsed it. He is probably the only Republican candidate to stick out(the other candidates share many of the same views), and if he raises enough money and wins enough polls, I could see him being considered as a last resort in a means to beat the Dems. He also likes to call the other republicans neo-cons and refers to himself as a traditional Republican.
by Jake Hertz