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Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
Ron Paul for President 2012 Campaign
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  • 1. Ron Paul forPresident 2012 By Bryar Loftfield and Emily Simpson
  • 2. Why He is Running forPresident • Representative Paul’s beliefs have not changed at all in the past 30 odd years. • Paul believes now is a good time to run for President because the “time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been • saying for 30 years.” by many groups devoted to Ron Paul is endorsed individual and economic liberty such as the Texas Association of Business and Commerce PAC, the Texas Right to Life, the National Federation of Independent Business PAC, the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC, the Texas Board of Realtors, the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Medical Association PAC, and many, many more.
  • 3. Who he is• Ron Paul currently represents the 14th Congressional District of Texas in the US House or representatives.• He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before he left to attend Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine.• He served as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force during the 1960’s.• He moved to Texas in 1968 with his wife Carol where he began his medical practice specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.• He has delivered over 4000 babies.• He served in the House of Representatives from the late 1970’s to 1984 when he voluntarily resigned to resume his medical practice.• In 1997, he returned to serve in the House.• Over the years, Ron Paul has written several books including The Revolution: A Manifesto, End the Fed, Liberty Defined, Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It.• Dr. Paul has also received many awards, including ones from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, and countless others.
  • 4. What he believes• Ron Paul is the main advocate for liberty in politics.• He believes in a limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity- backed currency• He has never voted for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution• He is a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures• He is a key member of the Gold Commission, which advocates for a return to a gold standard for our currency.• He is an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values.• He has always voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation• He actively promotes the return of government to its proper constitutional levels.• He continually advocates for a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.• He has a consistent voting record that which prompted one congressman to say “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another Congresswoman added that “There are few people in public life who, through thick and
  • 5. Ron Paul’s Nomination• Ron Paul officially self-declared his candidacy for president on May 13, 2011 in Exeter, New Hampshire.• In February he asked supporters to donate to his liberty PAC to fund trips to Iowa and elsewhere to campaign.• He attended a New Hampshire debate on June 13, 2011 and attended an Iowa debate on August 11, 2011• Paul’s campaign is currently focused on a “win big early” theory to get the rock rolling, focusing on campaigning mainly in Iowa and New Hapshire, home to the first Caucuses and primaries.• Starting off with a hit would allow the momentum that would be gained from the victories to propel his whole campaign forwards.• Paul’s Iowa campaign has shown much growth and maturity and has demonstrated organizational strength which is reflected in his numerous straw poll victories. Currently Paul has moved into second place in both Iowa and New Hampshire, according to two Bloomberg news polls released. He is just behind Cain in Iowa at 19% support and behind Romney in New Hampshire with 17% support.• His enormous ability to mobilize supports may come into play on January 3, in the Iowa caucuses.
  • 6. Primaries and Caucuses• Early decisions are increasingly necessary for candidates to raise money, assemble and organization, so primaries and caucuses are becoming increasingly important.• State presidential primaries have become main method of choosing delegates to the national convention; in fact it is used by three-fourths of states. Each presidential primary has two features: “Beauty or popularity contest”, where voters indicate which delegate is preferred but do not actually elect any delegates to the convention “Actual Voting”, where voters are set on a candidate• Another method used is the caucus which is the oldest method used.• A caucus is a meeting of party members and supporters of various candidates who may elect state or national convention delegates, who in turn vote for the presidential nominee• It centers on staffing local party positions such as voting district chair and often includes party discussions of issues and candidate in addition to vote on candidates policies
  • 7. Delegates to the NationalConventions is derived from different combinations of• The number of Delegates popularity vote and actual vote depending on the state.• Proportional representation is a system in which delegates are allocated on the basis of the percentage of votes the candidate wins in the primary• Winner take all is a system in which the candidate who receives the most votes win all that states delegates, or the share of the delegates from each congressional district• Delegate selection without a commitment to a candidate is a system in which New York republicans allow state committee to select 12 at-large delegates who are officially unpledged, as are the party chair and national committee representatives• Delegate selection and separate presidential poll is a system in which several states voters decide twice 1) To indicate choice for president 2) To choose delegates pledged; or at least favorable, to a presidential candidate• Delegates elected in primaries, caucuses or state conventions assemble
  • 8. The National Party Convention• National Party Conventions are used to formally elect the national party candidates for president and vice president and decide on the party platform.• Conventions follow very standard rules, rituals, and routines to keynote address and Day 1) Devoted other speeches flaunting the party and denouncing opposition Day 2) Committee reports, party and convention rules and the party platform Day 3) Presidential and vice presidential balloting Day 4) Presidential candidate’s acceptance speech
  • 9. The Vice Presidential Nominee• The role of the vice president is of endless importance. The running mate must create a balance, provide support, enhance a campaign, and help the candidate to flourish all while influencing those around them as best they see fit. Together the running mates must create the “dream team” to have any chance of gaining office.• Currently, the most likely candidate is Andrew Napolitano, the knowledgeable and charismatic judge.• Alongside Paul they would create a team that has read, understood, and would most importantly honor the constitution.• This includes a reduction in the power of the imperial presidency, engaging in only self defensive wars, ensuring that it is congress that declares them, creating freedom within the economy that would promote such things as personal responsibility and liberty.• With much under his belt Napolitano would overwhelm Biden in any one-on- one debate.• Another option is Jon Stewart, the acclaimed host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.• Paul has been a frequent and well received guest on his show and well some might argue that a comedian as vice president would be un-wise it could not be any worse than an actor, bodybuilder, attorney, deranged neo-nut or community organizer who never held a "real" job, and when observed closely, his work actually shows a striking amount of independence of political thought.
  • 10. Political Platforms• The political platform, although viewed with a negative affiliation to the political world, political parties clearly define the direction in which the party hopes to proceed.• Each candidate is faced with the dilemma of being attractive to those most conservative voters who will win them the primary and the more moderate voters who the candidate may win in the general election.• Each candidate has the responsibility of finding versatility in their beliefs.• They have to find the balance between being conservative enough for the conservatives and liberal enough for those votes that are independent or easily swayed which is essential for any candidate to win.• Each candidate must stay true to their beliefs while
  • 11. Ron Paul’s Platform• Ron Paul is an expert at staying grounded in his views while making it apparent that some are slightly more liberal, or have a more liberal interpretation that may be seen as attractive to those who feel that conservatives often have a closed attitude about their policies.• Ron Paul is known to be a conservative, constitutionalist, libertarian with a definite opinion on all topics Foreign policy- Non intervention, opposing wars of aggression, and entangling alliances with other nations Economic- Lower spending and smaller government, lower taxes, and not a fan of the federal reserve Abortion- Strongly pro-life, laws regarding abortion should be made at the state level Capital punishment- When the crime is worthy of the punishment the use of capital punishment should be utilized, but at the federal level it should not be used as a penalty Education- No federal control Environment- Not a majorly threatening issue Marijuana- Yes to medical marijuana
  • 12. Money in Elections• In presidential campaigns, campaign donors are limited by the amount they may donate to a party, candidate, and political action committees (PAC’s which are the political arm of an interest group that is legally entitled to raise funds on to contribute to candidates of political parties).• The amount people can donate each year changes due to inflation.• In the 2007-2008 election cycle, people could donate up to $4600 to each candidate each election cycle, but are able to donate up to $10,000 each election cycle to any PAC’s or national party organizations.• There are also limits for the total amounts people can donate each election. In the 2007-2008
  • 13. Representative Paul’s Money • Up until September 30, 2011, Ron Paul had raised a total of approximately $12.8 million. • He had only spent around $9.1 million of the $12.8 million he raised leaving Paul with approximately $3.7 million remaining as of September 30. • On one day in October (after the data above was collected) he raised about $10 million in an event known as a money bomb. • He has raised other large sums of money in subsequent money bombs. • Of the $12.8 million Paul had raised, 89% of money came from donations under $1500. • 60% of Paul’s total contributions were less than $200 • Paul’s top five contributors are Natural Resources ($10,000), Zivity ($10,000), Morning Star Co ($5,ooo), Voldant Holdings ($5,000), and Wiber Lane Law Firm ($5,000)
  • 14. Presidential Debates• Nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored and produced both presidential and vice presidential debates.• The commission facilitates the debates• Each debate is different. In the 2008 debates, two debates were moderated by a single journalist while in the other, citizens asked the candidates questions.• In order for a minor party candidate to participate in the debate, candidates must have an average of 15% or higher in the five major polls the commission uses and be on the ballot in enough states to win 270 electoral votes.• These regulations make it extremely hard for minor parties to participate in the debates.• The debates allow candidates the opportunities to state their policies which they are unable to do in the commonly viewed campaign ads• The qualities that are needed in presidential debates, are also needed of the president, so doing well in a debate, may signal that that candidate would be a good president.
  • 15. Ron Paul in the Debates • As senator Paul receives more and more media attention, his support grows. • He started off receiving little attention in the debates, but as time progressed, began to get more attention • In the debates, senator Paul has demonstrated qualities that many admire in a leader, such as remaining calm when provoked by another candidate. • Overall, after every debate, he has gained more and more support, suggesting that if he continues this way, he may have a good chance of receiving the Republican nomination • If he were to receive the republican nomination, Senator Paul would continue to do well in the elections
  • 16. Election Night• If Ron Paul continues to gain more support and attention, we believe he has a strong chance of winning the election.• For the most part, Representative Paul is conservative and thus appeals to the Republicans, but he is liberal enough to appeal to many Independents and some Democrats that can be easily swayed.• His policies and platforms make sense, he has a consistent voting record, and is very consistent, something this country needs in a leader during a time of change and economic downturn.• Paul also has major appeal and remains calm even when provoked, qualities everyone admires in a leader.• There is still nearly a year to the Presidential Election, which leaves lots of time for the public opinion to change.
  • 17. Ron Paul would be a greatcandidate!am not here to question a mans character. I am “Unlike you, I questioning the substance of our politics. What does our country mean anymore? What is the matter with standing up for our Constitution? Surely, when a Republican cannot stand on this stage and stand for the Constitution, we have a serious problem. If you would like to challenge me on that, or anyone else for that matter, I am open to the challenge. My consistency is unmatched. You may not agree with everything I say, you may not think I give the best speeches, but I am here for a purpose that is much bigger than this campaign. Cant you understand that? But if we want to really change this country, we have to get away from the soundbites and the endless rhetoric. We have to do something we have not done in many years. We have to embrace the principles that founded our republic. We have to embrace the Constitution. That is why I am running for President of the United States. And I demand to be heard like the rest, because this message means something.” -Ron Paul• Ron Paul is unlike any other candidates running for the Republican Nomination and eventually, President. He is one that would always, happily do what is best for the country, rather than doing

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