Representative from Texas, Ron Paul, longtime Federal Reserve critic and Libertarian, has won a recent straw poll taken at this year’s C-PAC. The purpose of the straw poll was Presidential Preference. Paul walked away with 31%, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who had 22%, and coming in third place with 7% was none other than former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. (Seth MacFarlane’s newest target.)
Paul was notably the first speaker to fill the C-PAC hall to its full capacity of 1100 pax, and some attendees had to be turned away. After taking the stage to the sounds of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, Rep. Paul said to the raucous and enthusiastic crowd,
“Sounds to me like the Revolution is alive and well.”
Paul touched on the expected topics one would hear at a Conservative meeting, with special attention paid to criticism of the monetary and foreign policies of not only the Obama White House, but the GOP as well. Oddly enough, Paul is a Libertarian who runs on a GOP ticket.
“Debt is the monster, debt is what is going to eat us up and that’s why our economy is on the brink. The next step is a currency crisis because there will be a rejection of the dollar and the rejection of the dollar will be a big, big event.”
Regarding foreign policy, Paul states,
“We are now spending one trillion dollars a year to manage our world empire. There is nothing wrong with being a conservative and having a conservative belief in foreign policy where we have a strong national defense and don’t go to war so carelessly.”
Some of his critics view this as being weak on the War on Terror, but Paul’s stance could easily be rooted in wanting to maintain a consistent nonintervention policy.
Rep. Paul is known as the “father of the TEA Party”, due to his Libertarian leanings and his persistent call to audit the Federal Reserve. However, after what Paul considers an antagonistic tone of some of the more recent TEA Party rallies, he has reportedly been backing away from them ever so slightly.
And despite his criticisms of the GOP, Paul has a sense of optimism for them, especially looking ahead to November,
“This is a different year than any year we have experienced before,” he said. “By the end of this year, I think this country will be a lot better off.”