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November 22, 2011
I think aid is all worthless. It doesn’t do any good to most of the people. You end up taking money from poor people in this country and it goes to rich people in other countries, gets used for weapons of war… the biggest threat to our country is our financial situation, and this is aggravating it.
Ron Paul, answering a question initially posed to Herman Cain: whether he felt we could afford to continue foreign aid to Africa for things like AIDS, malaria, and the like. Worth noting: foreign aid presently makes up about 1% of the U.S. federal budget.
21:03 // 2 years ago
I agree with Ron Paul. We are not fighting a war on terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic. We are fighting a war with radical Islam.
Rick Santorum, milking the surprise of declaring he agreed with Paul, with whom he’s clashed contentiously in past debates. To be fair, though, everything he said subsequently (decrying the Obama administration for wanting to set a withdrawal timetable in Afghanistan, for example) could in no way be called “agreeing with Ron Paul.”
20:44 // 2 years ago
Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich clashed on the issue of terrorism, with Paul suggesting that terrorism should be handled more often as a matter of law enforcement, citing the response to Timothy McVeigh. Gingrich’s retort, which drew some applause, was blunt and seemed somewhat effective: “Timothy McVeigh succeeded.”

Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich clashed on the issue of terrorism, with Paul suggesting that terrorism should be handled more often as a matter of law enforcement, citing the response to Timothy McVeigh. Gingrich’s retort, which drew some applause, was blunt and seemed somewhat effective: “Timothy McVeigh succeeded.”

20:20 // 2 years ago
November 12, 2011
Herman Cain sees waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique,” not torture, and would support it. He looks super-uncomfortable answering the question on torture. Bachmann, meanwhile, was far more comfortable on agreeing with this; Ron Paul, meanwhile, says it’s illegal, immoral and ineffective. Huntsman came out against it as well.

Herman Cain sees waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique,” not torture, and would support it. He looks super-uncomfortable answering the question on torture. Bachmann, meanwhile, was far more comfortable on agreeing with this; Ron Paul, meanwhile, says it’s illegal, immoral and ineffective. Huntsman came out against it as well.

20:44 // 2 years ago
November 9, 2011
…we will most likely bail out Europe, which will be a real tragedy.
Ron Paul, making clear his bleak long-term assessment of the euro zone debt crisis.
21:08 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011
Ron Paul wins another straw poll; Herman Cain right behind: Despite a scandal that chewed up much press energy this week, Herman Cain was only two points behind Ron Paul in a Republican straw poll in Illinois. But Paul still kicked his butt. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Ron Paul wins another straw poll; Herman Cain right behind: Despite a scandal that chewed up much press energy this week, Herman Cain was only two points behind Ron Paul in a Republican straw poll in Illinois. But Paul still kicked his butt. source

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9:29 // 2 years ago
October 30, 2011

The heat is off: Michele Bachmann’s Iowa polling numbers fall flat

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11:34 // 2 years ago
October 18, 2011
Are you all willing to condemn Ronald Reagan for trading weapons [to Iran] for hostages? We all know that was done.

Ron Paul, challenging Michele Bachmann’s assertion that America cannot negotiate for hostages with terrorists. Obviously, Iran is a state rather than an assemblage of terrorists, which was the retort his comment drew, but it does highlight the lack of nuance being expressed in this conversation.

Be sure to check out all the further debate coverage over at DC Decoder!

21:43 // 2 years ago
Rick Perry just called for defunding the United Nations, to a rather warm reception from the GOP crowd. Ron Paul followed up by declaring his intent to cut all foreign aid.

Rick Perry just called for defunding the United Nations, to a rather warm reception from the GOP crowd. Ron Paul followed up by declaring his intent to cut all foreign aid.

21:38 // 2 years ago
October 17, 2011

$1 trillion or bust: Ron Paul would take a giant slash out of the deficit

  • $1 trillion in budget cuts offered up by Ron freaking Paul
  • five number of agencies Paul would get rid of with these budget cuts
  • 30% size of the cuts Paul would push on the EPA with his budget cuts
  • zero number of wars Paul would fund after he got his cuts through source

» The biggest cut? Presidential salary: If Paul were president, he would cut his salary to $39,000 — the median salary for U.S. citizens. That’s a big downgrade from the standard $400,000-per-year salary and actually less than we make from our job. That would be a huge symbolic gesture, if you ask us.

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22:01 // 2 years ago