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reply to post by FSBlueApocalypse
Ultimately, Paul is a politician and doing things to get elected. But why is he abandoning the strategy that got him so far in the first place?
The Ron Paul presidential campaign of 1988 began in early 1987 when former Congressman Ron Paul of Texas announced his candidacy for the 1988 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party. He joined the third party after leaving the Republican Party over the Reagan administration's handling of the federal budget. He ran on a platform that included non-interventionism in foreign conflicts, decriminalization of illegal drugs, a return to the gold standard, the abolition of the Federal Reserve and a reduction in all government spending.
1976 Voted for Jimmy Carter for President
1982 Married Anita Thigpen
1984 At age 34, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from district 64
1986 Re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat
1988 Re-elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat
1988 Co-chaired the Democrat Al Gore campaign in Texas
1989 At age 39, switched from Democrat party to Republican party “I intend to vote the same convictions,” Perry said. “The only difference is there will be an R beside my name.” Star-Telegram
1990 Elected as Texas Agriculture Commissioner
1993 At age 43, wrote a letter to Democrat Hillary Clinton expressing support for her health care reform proposal, describing Hillarycare as “most commendable”
1998 Elected as Lieutenant Governor of Texas
2000 Assumed Governorship following the resignation of George W. Bush
2001 First appointment was Democrat Henry Cuellar as Secretary of State of Texas
2001 Proposed the NAFTA Superhighway/Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) land grab using eminent domain to seize private property
2001 Signed the Texas DREAM Act giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition for Texas universities, creating a national movement to award aid to illegal immigrant students
2001 Expressed excitement that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar was working on an initiative that would extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border
2002 Re-elected as Governor of Texas
2006 Re-elected as Governor of Texas
2007 Issued an executive order mandating that 6th grade Texas girls receive HPV vaccine GARDASIL® from Merck & Co.
2007 Endorsed pro-abortion and gun control candidate Rudy Giuliani for President
2007 Resisted efforts to repeal the law giving tuition breaks to illegal immigrants
2008 Signed letters with the Democrat Joe Manchin the Governor of WV urging the TARP bailouts and even lambasted Congress for its failure to “agree on a rescue of the financial markets”
2010 Re-elected as Governor of Texas
2010 Liberal Rick Perry pandered to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
2011 Backed down to federal government on the Texas House Bill 1937- TSA Anti-Groping Bill