Presidential Candidate Selector
Candidate Positions

Rep. Ron Paul - Republican
(Born 20 August 1935) Obstetrician-gynecologist, author
  • Iraq War: Voted against "Use of Military Force Against Iraq" (10/10/2002). Voted with Democrats in rebuking Bush's management of Iraq War, saying, "We all know, in time, the war will be de-funded one way or another and the troops will come home. So why not now?"
  • Security/liberties: Has consistently voted "no" on civil liberty curtailing issues, and generally "no" on security issues for similar reasons.
  • Social Security: As former Libertarian, favors privatizing Social Security.
  • Stem cell research: Opposes federal funding of expansion of stem cell research.
  • Same sex issues: Supports civil unions for same sex couples.
  • Trade issues: Paul is an ardent free-trader.
  • Budget issues: The balanced budget championing Concord Coalition gave Representative Paul a rating of 99 percent in their most recent report card.
  • Business & labor issues: Favors pro-business positions.
  • Abortion issues: Strongly pro-life.
  • Capital punishment: Opposes capital punishment.
  • Marijuana, illegal street drugs: Received a 100% score from the DPA (Drug Policy Alliance) DPA is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Usually supports the interests of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), receiving a 30 score (their highest)from that organization on issues they deemed important in 2006. NORML considers him a "NORML friendly candidate", source.
  • Gun control: Strongly opposes gun control laws.
  • Minimum wage: Has consistently voted against minimum wage increases.
  • Health care: Has a mixed voting record on health issues..
  • Prescription drugs: Voted "yes" to pass a bill that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower drug prices for part D drugs for people enrolled in a prescription drug plan through part D.
  • Environmental issues: Paul gets low marks from environmental groups such as the League of conservation voters. Source
  • Immigration issues: Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003) Source
    Generally opposes amnesty/permanent legalization for illegal aliens. Opposes temporary legalization for illegal aiens as guestworkers Source
  • Education issues: Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998) Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997) Source
  • Net Neutrality: No Source
  • Link to voting records and special interest group ratings. (If available).
  • Congressional website