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Ron Paul Presents President's Forum Lecture

Release date: April 14, 2008

Ron Paul — the Republican congressman from Texas and Libertarian-leaning presidential candidate — will discuss his hopes for America at a President’s Forum lecture on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Goucher College’s Kraushaar Auditorium. Following the lecture, Congressman Paul will hold a book signing.

Due to widespread interest in this event, no more tickets will be available to the greater community. Students, faculty, and staff who want to attend should contact Goucher's box office at 410-337-6333 or boxoffice@goucher.edu as soon as possible.

Although considered a long shot for the Republican nomination — registering less than 5 percent on most polls — Paul’s anti-war, pro-fiscal responsibility platform has garnered a strong support base of students, military personnel, and voters disillusioned with partisan politicians. Despite Senator John McCain presumably having clinched the Republican nomination, Paul says he will continue his presidential bid to promote his issues.

In the meantime, Paul recently won the Republican primary in his Texas congressional district, where he has served for 33 years.

Paul’s views can best be summarized as Libertarian, favoring less government involvement in people’s lives. He supports a foreign policy of nonintervention and ending the war. Paul has long advocated for ending the federal income tax; scaling back government spending; and abolishing most governmental agencies, including the Federal Reserve. He favors withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United Nations, citing the dangers of foreign entanglements to national independence, and he advocates removing military bases and troops from foreign soil. He also opposes the Patriot Act, the federal war on drugs, No Child Left Behind, gun control, and abortion.

Paul graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1961 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology before becoming a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon during the 1960s. He began a obstetrics/gynecology practice in Texas in 1968.

In the 1970s, Paul became active in politics, making a failed Congressional bid in 1974. He was victorious two years later in a special election to replace U.S. Representative Robert R. Casey, who had resigned. He did not retain his post in the general election later that year.

In 1978, however, Paul was elected and then re-elected twice. Emerging as a strong critic of the country’s banking and financial systems, he began writing about his economic theories. In 1981, his book Gold, Peace and Prosperity: The Birth of a New Currency was published and was quickly followed by The Case for Gold: A Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission (1982). He expressed his pro-life and anti-federal government views in 1983’s Abortion and Liberty.

After an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate against Phil Gramm in 1984, Paul was succeeded in the House of Representatives by Tom DeLay. He returned to his private practice.

A career Republican, Paul jumped ship in 1988 to become the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. While he came in third, Paul received almost 500,000 votes in the general election.

In the mid-1990s, Paul returned to the Republican Party and fought Greg Laughlin — a Democrat-turned-Republican — for his party’s nomination for a congressional seat. Despite strong opposition, Paul won the general election in 1996 and has served as a member of the House of Representatives ever since.