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The Lone Star Candidate

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As pundits and politicians critiqued the state of post-9/11 America on Tuesday, presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex.) stated flatly that the terrorist attacks could have been avoided. Taking the podium at the Johns Hopkins University's SAIS Center for Politics and Foreign Relations, the Republican-libertarian congressman declared, "If we had never been in the Middle East, terrorists wouldn't have attacked us."

Paul insists he's not an isolationist when it comes to foreign policy, but wants the U.S. to stop forming "entangled alliances." He says other countries engaged in international or internal conflict, such as Israel, "are quite capable of taking care of themselves."

On the war in Iraq, Paul said that by getting rid of Saddam Hussein "we strengthened Iran" -- an unwanted side-effect that resulted from "an obsession with empire-building." Paul added, "You have to separate terrorism with the need to invade a country."

Paul knows his non-interventionist appeal is a tough sell among a field of Republicans who support the war in Iraq. "My biggest challenge is to convince Republicans that they don't have to be war mongers to be conservatives," he said.

Apparently undaunted by his place in the presidential pack, Paul believes his platform -- which also emphasizes free trade, civil liberties and a laissez-faire approach to government -- is catching on. "We're doing 100 times better than I predicted... tens of thousands of people are joining," he said.

-- Sarah Lovenheim

By washingtonpost.com Editors |  September 13, 2007; 3:50 PM ET Ron Paul
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This guy is the real-deal...I don't think we as a country could have said that about a president or a presidential candidate for at least 75 years back into our history. He actually wants America where it should be...aimed directly towards its roots.

Posted by: Ryan | September 14, 2007 6:47 AM

Keep in mind that the Post editorialized that Ron Paul and Mike Gravel should be excluded from debates. Such is the newspaper's appreciation of dissent and commitment to the antiwar message finding voice.

Posted by: Nicolas | September 14, 2007 10:43 PM

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