LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Ron Paul may be an odds-off bet to win the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential election, but he’s a standout when it comes to his impact to date.
Using every technology at his disposal, the libertarian nominee has nonetheless relied upon his philosophical stance to distance himself from a largely hawkish Repulican view on the Iraq war.
Paul, a House member representing Texas, is in West Coast this week for a series of fund-raisers and supporting rallies in major western cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
The 72-year-old opposes the war in Iraq and told a crowd of some 500 people at the University of Southern California Wednesday that the Bush administration should bring the troops home immediately.
“Bring them home, stop the killing and stop the bleeding,” Paul said at the USC rally.
“This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars,” the Republican candidate said. “We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.”
Paul’s campaign describes him as “the leading advocate in the nation’s capital of limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies.”
He also proposes that the U.S. government should withdraw from any organizations and trade deals “that infringe upon the freedom and independence of the United States,” and supports the rights of parents to home-school their children.