Thursday, January 10, 2008

Interview with Ron Paul, responses supplied by Google

(see sources cited)

Question: What is your opinion on the war in Iraq?
Answer: On the House floor on January 11, 2007, Paul said, "A military victory in Iraq is unattainable, just as it was in the Vietnam war. As conditions deteriorate in Iraq, the American people are told more blood must be spilled to achieve just such a military victory. 20,000 additional troops and another $100 billion are needed for a ?surge.? Yet the people remain rightfully skeptical. Though we?ve been in Iraq nearly four years, the meager goal today simply is to secure Baghdad. This hardly shows that the mission is even partly accomplished." [More]

Question: What is your position on immigration in the United States?
Answer: In a column on April 4, 2006, Rep. Paul said, "We must reject amnesty for illegal immigrants in any form. We cannot continue to reward lawbreakers and expect things to get better. If we reward millions who came here illegally, surely millions more will follow suit. Ten years from now we will be in the same position, with a whole new generation of lawbreakers seeking amnesty." [More]

Question: Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be made permanent?
Answer: Named House's "top tax cutter" by conservative Human Events magazine. Supported extending cuts through 2010. (Source: CNN)

Question: Should federal funding of embryonic stem cell research be expanded?
Answer: Asked at a May 3, 2007 MSNBC GOP presidential debate whether expansion of federal funding of embryonic stem cell research would progress under his administration, Paul replied, "programs like this are not authorized under the Constitution." Paul also voted against a bill expanding stem cell research on June 7, 2007.

Question: Do you favor or oppose the concept of universal health care in America?
Answer: In an online column, Paul wrote, "The lesson is clear: when government and other third parties get involved, health care costs spiral. The answer is not a system of outright socialized medicine, but rather a system that encourages everyone ? doctors, hospitals, patients, and drug companies ? to keep costs down. As long as ?somebody else? is paying the bill, the bill will be too high." (Source: LewRockwell.com) [More]

Question: Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion in the United States?
Answer: Rep. Paul is opposed to legalized abortion but says the issue should be left to the states.

Question: Do you favor the concept of privatization of Social Security to any degree?
Answer: According to the Cato Institute, "Paul contends that Congress must stop spending in order to best fix the problem of insolvency. Paul opposes personal accounts because he believes Social Security is unconstitutional. Instead, he believes that individuals should have total control over how to invest their money and is in favor of cutting payroll taxes to allow this to happen." [More]

Question: Do you favor or oppose giving the president a "line-item" veto; that is, the ability to remove parts of a spending bill without needing to veto the entire bill?
Answer: In June 2006, Rep. Paul voted against a bill that gives the President the power to propose a veto of any provision of a bill that results in an increase in budget authority and establishes requirements and creates procedures for congressional consideration of the proposed vetoes. [More]

Question: Do you support federal assistance for the production of ethanol and/or biofuel as an alternative to oil?
Answer: Paul voted against the Long-term energy Alternatives for the Nation Act, which includes making funds available to accelerate the use of clean domestic renewable energy and alternative fuels. He also voted against the Bush administration's national energy policy which would have added to the requirement that gasoline sold in the United States contain a specified volume of ethanol. (Source: On the issues) [More]

Question: Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?
Answer: On July 18, 2006, Rep. Paul voted "no" on a House resolution calling for such an amendment. [More]

Question: Agree or Disagree: When the government places restrictions on obtaining and owning a gun, they infringe upon our rights to bear arms.
Answer: By adopting the Republican Liberty Caucus Position Statement, Paul has indicated that he fully supports the Second Amendment, and that any restrictions upon it would be restrictions upon our freedoms. [More]

Question: Do environmental regulations improve or limit the standard of living?
Answer: According to the League of Conservation Voters environmental profile, Congressman Ron Paul has frequently voted against governmental regulations to protect the environment. [More]

Question: Should teachers receive pay based on the performance of their students?
Answer: Decisions about whether or not to fund vouchers, have merit pay for teachers or extend the school year should be made by parents and local school boards, not by D.C.-based bureaucrats said Paul as quoted by Forbes on October 2, 2007. [More]

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