Ron Paul

Candidate status: Announced
Filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on March 12, 2007

States won: None

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Current job: U.S. representative from Texas

Birth date: August 20, 1935; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Family: Married Carol Paul; five children

Religion: Protestant

Education: Gettysburg College, B.A., 1957; Duke University, M.D., 1961

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In Their Own Words

To the statement earlier ... I don't think that applies to me. Washington did not change me. I would like to change Washington.
-- at the November 28, 2007, CNN/YouTube debate
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Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Joel Trammel, CEO of NetQos, a computer software and services company
Donated $2,300
Robert Walker, founder and chair of Walker Die Casting
Gave $2,300
Kelly Grant, owner of Mel-O-Cream
Donated $500
Barry Goldwater Jr., U.S. representative from 1969 to 1983
Spoke at Arizona fundraiser for Paul
* Money figures are according to FEC
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Kent Snyder, campaign chairman and chief of staff
Former chairman of the Liberty Committee, a conservative political action group.
Jesse Benton, press secretary
President of CIC Solutions, a consulting group, and a former Capitol Hill staffer.
Justine Lam, director of e-campaigns
Former director, Institute of Humane Studies.
Bruce Fein, adviser
Conservative commentator, Heritage Foundation scholar.
Bruce Fein
Alan Dye, adviser
Legal counsel to Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign.
Joseph Becker, chief legal adviser
Deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Paul from 1997-2001.
* Special Notes
• Delegate counts represent CNN's most recent estimate for each candidate. For Democrats, the figures include pledged delegates and superdelegates. For Republicans, the figures include pledged delegates and unpledged RNC member delegates. There are currently 4,234 total delegates to the Democratic National Convention, including 3,409 pledged delegates and 825 superdelegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 2,118. There are currently 2,380 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, including 1,917 pledged delegates and 463 unpledged delegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 1,191. More about the delegate selection process
• Needed to Win: This refers to the total number of delegate votes needed by a candidate to win the party's nomination.
• States won: This refers to CNN's projected winner for each race until a final result has been determined. How CNN projects winners
Ron Paul Fundraising
TOTAL as of 01/31/2008
Raised: $32,983,223
Spent: $26,853,009
Cash-on-Hand: $6,002,188
provided by FEC
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Paul on the Issues
Opposes abortion rights, but says that the issue should be decided in the states. Supports ban on procedure opponents call "partial birth" abortion. Says Roe v. Wade was "wrongly decided."
Supported strict House immigration overhaul legislation that did not provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Voted against use of military force in Iraq. Supports withdrawing troops from Iraq, but opposed war spending bill which included a plan to withdraw most U.S. troops by March 2008. Calls for repealing authority given to the president in 2002 Iraq war authorization vote. Opposed Bush plan to increase the number of American troops in Iraq. Says military victory in Iraq is "unattainable."
Same-sex marriage
Supports definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, but opposes any federal marriage definition. Says that states should not be forced to recognize another state's same-sex marriage law. Opposed House measure amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Social Security
Opposes Bush plan allowing workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes into private retirement accounts. Proposes cutting payroll taxes and allowing workers to invest the money themselves. Says excessive government spending is the cause of Social Security insolvency problems. Opposes all taxation of Social Security benefits.
Supported 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Supported extending tax cuts through 2010. Named House's "top tax cutter" by conservative Human Events magazine.
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