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Ron Paul, Politician and Yenta

2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul shakes hands with supporters after a rally in Minneapolis on Sept. 2, 2008. (Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News)

For anyone who doubted it, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the libertarian phenom of the 2008 presidential campaign, is a lover, not a fighter.

And he's spreading love far and wide across the Internet, albeit unwittingly.

Paul is the inspiration behind a new online dating site called Ron Paul Singles. "We put the LOVE in Revolution," the Web site proclaims.

It works just like any other online dating service. Plug in "man seeking woman," "woman seeking man," "woman seeking woman," "man seeking man" or even "couple seeking (fill in the blank)" and you're instantly shown the potential opportunities out there in the land of Ron Paul Love.

We asked Rep. Paul a few questions about the site via e-mail, including whether he ever imagined that he'd spur an entire online dating community built around... well, himself.

"Well, I never thought I'd speak to crowds of 5,000 college kids chanting 'End the Fed' and burning Federal Reserve notes, so I guess nothing surprises me that much anymore," Paul wrote back.

The neophyte yenta said he didn't know who was responsible for creating the Web site but "I suppose it's all about Freedom bringing people together -- spiritually, politically, and now, romantically." And he encouraged any of his single friends who "want to meet a great lover of liberty" to sign up for the Ron Paul Singles dating services and give him some feedback on their experiences.

Roll Call newspaper reported on the Ron Paul love site in its print edition today, dubbing the congressman, who is an obstetrician and gynecologist, "Doctor of Love."

Paul's office declined to speak to Roll Call about the dating site, but he told the Sleuth he kind of likes the new nickname. "It's got a nice ring to it -- I'll bet my wife will like it better than 'Dr. No.' And, I've always been sympathetic to the slogan 'make love, not war.'"

The Web site gurus say they're still waiting for their first real success story. But one customer has had a promising experience thus far, writing: "What initially started out as something to relieve a little boredom and to have some fun turned into one of the most beautiful experiences... I met the most amazing man on your site, it's still fairly new but I knew from the moment I saw his eyes, (the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen) that he would take me to a place I've longed to be and bring back my smile forgotten."

Rep. Paul is even responsible for making love happen offline.

Just last weekend in Las Vegas, at a regional conference of the grassroots lobby group Campaign for Liberty, of which Paul serves as honorary chairman, two young activists who went to hear Paul speak met and fell in love. And then some.

According to Jesse Benton, the senior vice president of Campaign for Liberty, the lovebirds, Brooke Kelley and Chris Kopack, met at 2 p.m. on Friday and went to a Vegas chapel at 4 a.m. on Saturday and tied the knot. "We wish the happy couple all the best," Benton said.

If he runs for president again in 2012, seems Ron Paul has a ready-made campaign slogan: Got Love?

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 15, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
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"Doctor of Love"
"Make love, not war."
What a concept.

You see what freedom can do to you!
Ron Paul 2012 Campaign for Freedom, Prosperity and Peace.

A great American Motto don’t you think?
Maybe this sound better...
"Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none" -GW
Sound so familiar...

Posted by: josephle2k | July 16, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Cute little story, and would have been a fine footnote or sideline, but this is the Washington Post, isn't it?
There are issues besides love that bring these people together, such as demanding transparency of the secretive Federal Reserve, the devastating effects that the Cap and Trade scheme would have on an already battered economy, and federal control of our own health coverage, where our very health would be rationed and over-regulated.
All of these a direct result of a government that blatantly disregards the very constitution it swears to uphold.
This would be a groundbreaking story for a knowledgeable and skilled reporter whose beat is "Behind the Scenes in Washington."
Watergate was peanuts compared to what a true "free press" could inform it's readers about today in our DC.
But again, cute little story.

Posted by: idahoj1 | July 16, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

This article has been linked on the Nightclub 9:30 forum under the thread "When reality reflects The Onion."

You're welcome.

Posted by: beetsnotbeats | July 16, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Really, this article is less than fluff. Slow news day?

The Brooke Kelley/Chris Kopack marriage will probably be about as successful as the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign.

Posted by: ptgrunner | July 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

ay ron paul had better watch his security these banksters may do to him what there did to JFK AFTER he started printing united states notes executive order 11110 signed june 1963 five months later there blew his head of.
so ron paul watch your self these folk dont play

Posted by: bois1 | July 16, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Freedom is sexy.

Posted by: BrianDefferding | July 16, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Did u see him in "Bruno?" He was hysterical.

Posted by: Janisberman | July 17, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul, even with all his warts, was a better, more honest and intelligent candidate than any of the others the GOP could have nominated, or those they did nominate. Limited government, personal responsibility and personal freedom of conscience, rule of law, real free markets (which don't require 10,000 page treaties), conservation of the environment and avoidance of international entanglements that lead us ever to war.

Alas, the Neocons (warmed-over Wilsonian Democrats) took over the Party. And led the United States nearly over the precipice. And apparently, they don't think they're done yet.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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