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Ron Paul's GOP nomination run

Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during a town hall

Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during a town hall meeting at the University of Maryland. (March 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ron Paul announced his bid for the GOP nomination on May 13, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul arrives at a
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul arrives at a campaign event at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. (March 29, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul leaves the stage
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul leaves the stage after speaking at a Campus Town Hall Meeting at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. (March 23, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks at the
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks at the University of Missouri. (March 15, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul talks to the
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul talks to the media after a rally at the University of Missouri. (March 15, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul autographs a poster
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul autographs a poster at a caucus site at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan. (March 10, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a rally in Topeka, Kan. (March 9, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to supporters during a town hall meeting at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, Idaho. (March 5, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to supporters in Fairbanks, Alaska. (March 4, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, waits
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, waits backstage with wife, Carol before a town hall meeting at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, Idaho. (March 5, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, checks
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, checks his watch as he tours the manufacturing facility at Quest Aircraft Company in Sandpoint, Idaho. (March 5, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stands
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stands in front of an Alaskan flag as he listens to a question during a rally in Fairbanks, Alaska. (March 4, 2012)

Rep. Ron Paul, speaks Monday at the Little
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Rep. Ron Paul, speaks Monday at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. He is campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. Michigan Republicans vote Tuesday in a primary election. (Feb. 27, 2012)

Rep. Ron Paul, speaks Sunday at a
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Rep. Ron Paul, speaks Sunday at a rally in Hudsonville, Mich. He is campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. Michigan Republicans vote in a primary Tuesday. (Feb. 26, 2012)

Rep. Ron Paul, waves to supporters Sunday after
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Rep. Ron Paul, waves to supporters Sunday after speaking at a rally in Hudsonville, Mich. He is campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. Michigan Republicans vote in a primary on Tuesday. (Feb. 26, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas,
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, is given a book to autograph following a town hall meeting in Dickinson, N.D. (Feb. 19, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas,
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, speaks at Williston High School in Williston, N.D. (Feb. 19, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, hugs
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, hugs Jennifer Westerdoll. Westerdoll showed him her birth certificate to prove that Paul, a doctor by trade, had delivered her back in 1968. (Feb. 18, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, speaks in Boise, Idaho. (Feb. 18, 2012)

GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
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GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas speaks to supporters during his caucus night party in Golden Valley, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, Texas, speaks at a caucus in New Gloucester, Maine. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), left,
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), left, waits backstage with a member of his security team before a campaign rally Feb. 6, 2012, in Minneapolis.

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) autographs
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) autographs a dollar bill as he visits a caucus site in Coon Rapids, Minn. (Feb. 7, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) shakes
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) shakes a supporter's hand as he heads to the podium during a campaign rally in Minneapolis. (Feb. 6, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul hugs his wife
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul hugs his wife Carol after presenting her with flowers at the end of a news conference in Las Vegas. (Feb. 1, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul signs autographs
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul signs autographs for supporters after speaking at a rally in Las Vegas, Nev. (Jan. 31, 2012)

Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks
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Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks during a town hall meeting in Denver. (Jan. 31, 2012)

Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas signs
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Republican Presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas signs autographs during a town hall meeting in Denver. (Jan. 31, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign stop at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine. (Jan. 28, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is seen on a video camera's monitor, as he poses for a photograph with a supporter at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine. (Jan. 28, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign stop at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine. (Jan. 28, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas speaks at a campaign stop in Freeport, Maine. (Jan. 28, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, campaigns
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, campaigns in Bangor, Maine. (Jan. 27, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks from a balcony of Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern during a campaign stop in Freeport, Maine. (Jan. 28, 2012)

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during the
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GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during the Florida Republican Presidential debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, campaigns
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, campaigns in Bangor, Maine. (Jan. 27, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures during a Republican presidential debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, left, and Ron Paul participate in a debate sponsored by CNN at the University North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a debate sponsored by CNN at the University North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
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Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) signs autographs for supporters after speaking during his primary night campaign rally at Jillian's in Columbia, South Carolina. Paul is projected to finish fourth place in the South Carolina primary. (Jan. 21, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
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Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during his primary night campaign rally at Jillian's in Columbia, South Carolina. Paul is projected to finish fourth place in the South Carolina primary. (Jan. 21, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas greets
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas greets supporters and signs autographs during a whistle-stop tour at the Grand Strand Airport in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, left, and Ron
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Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich, left, and Ron Paul take part in a debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul signs autographs for
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul signs autographs for supporters after speaking during his primary night campaign rally at Jillian's in Columbia, S.C. (Jan. 21, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas waves
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas waves to supporters during his South Carolina presidential primary election night rally in Columbia, S.C. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich won the Republican primary Saturday night. (Jan., 21, 2012)

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul greets supporters at an airport rally at the Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, walks
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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, walks in front of the South Carolina state flag before being introduced at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger in North Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Congressman Ron Paul
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Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Congressman Ron Paul addresses his supporters in Warrenville, South Carolina, in advance of the Jan. 21, 2012 Republican presidential primary. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) waves
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) waves to supporters before a debate at the North Charleston Coliseum. (Jan. 19, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his wife,
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his wife, Carol, wave to supporters after speaking at his primary night campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012)

Ron Paul talks to employees at Timberland, LLC
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Ron Paul talks to employees at Timberland, LLC in Stratham, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire primary is scheduled to be held Jan.10, 2012. (Jan. 9, 2012)

From left, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts
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From left, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum participate in the New Hampshire GOP presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. (Jan. 7, 2011)

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Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul, left, and Mitt Romney participate in a presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 7, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and his wife,
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and his wife, Carol, attend his Iowa caucus night rally in Ankeny, Iowa. (Jan. 3, 2011)

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and his wife Carol
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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and his wife Carol Paul (L) greet supporters during a rally. (Jan. 3, 2012)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jan. 2, 2012)

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) smiles after announcing
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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) smiles after announcing his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president in Exeter, N.H. (May 13, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a congressman from
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a congressman from Texas, signs autographs during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa. (Dec. 22, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas speaks during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa. (Dec. 22, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Texas congressman,
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, speaks at a campaign town hall in Derry, N.H. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas speaks at a campaign town hall in Derry, N.H. (Dec. 14, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas laughs as he sits down with Elizabeth Rose Chamberlain, 3, of Epping, N.H., while campaigning at the Early Bird Cafe in Plaistow, N.H. (Dec. 20, 2011)

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas greets
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas greets 3-month-old Heidi Lange during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa (Dec. 22, 2011)

RON PAUL REPUBLICAN BACKGROUND: Born Aug. 20, 1935,
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RON PAUL
REPUBLICAN


BACKGROUND: Born Aug. 20, 1935, in Pittsburgh. A physician, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Gettysburg College in 1957 and his medical degree from Duke University in 1961. He served in the Air Force (1963-65) and in the Air National Guard (1965-68). He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’ 14th District in 1976 and served until 1985. He was re-elected to that position in 1996 and has served there since. Married, with five children.

ISSUES: He would eviscerate the federal government, slashing nearly half its spending and shutting five cabinet-level agencies. On the economy, he would return to the gold standard, eliminate the Federal Reserve, let gold and silver be used as legal tender and eliminate most federal regulations. He would remove restrictions on drilling, coal and nuclear power, eliminate the gasoline tax and provide tax credits for alternative fuel technology. He believes decisions on legalizing or prohibiting same-sex marriages should be left to states. He opposes compulsory health insurance and all government subsidies for health coverage. He would do “whatever it takes” to secure the border and would end the right to citizenship of U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. He believes younger workers should be able to opt out of Social Security taxes and retirement benefits. He would eliminate the federal income tax and would vote for a national sales tax. He would bring all or nearly all troops home from Afghanistan and other foreign posts. He opposed U.S. intervention in Libya.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Rep.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), await the start of a Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa. (Dec. 15, 2011)

Republican presidential candidates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas,
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Republican presidential candidates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, left, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota, take part in the Republican debate. (Dec. 10, 2011)

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