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Uploaded on Nov 8, 2007
Ron Paul spoke with the editorial board of The Nashua Telegraph Nov 7, 2007. 60 minutes.
Posted with permission, courtesy of The Nashua Telegraph. www.nashuatelegraph.com
Topics covered: economy, abortion, immigration, stem cell research, Iraq war, Iran, Afghanistan, foreign policy, nation building, the monetary system and destruction of the dollar, 911-what he would have done different, civil liberties, open government and privacy, ethics in government, marijuana and the war on drugs-legalization, Alternative energies (ethanol, hemp, solar, nuclear)-free market solutions, health care, homeschooling and private education, corrupt government, the primary system
On the issues: IRAQ WAR: Only Republican member of Congress to vote against war in 2002 and would withdraw all U.S. troops in three to six months.
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Supports strengthening borders with more federal patrols and enforcing laws against employers who hire illegal aliens. Opposes guest worker or any form of amnesty to the 12 million people who got here illegally.
HEALTH CARE: Supports free market solutions such as health savings accounts and transitioning a refundable tax credit so more families can afford health-care coverage; voted to let citizens buy and bring cheaper drugs from Canada into the U.S.
EDUCATION: Voted against No Child Left Behind; supports $3,000 tax credit for families who participate in school choice. Opposes school vouchers as philosophically that means other taxpayers are subsidizing another family's schooling. He supports home schooling.
FEDERAL BUDGET/TAXES: During 19-year congressional career, Paul said he's never voted for a bill to raise taxes and voted against most federal budget spending bills. Would dismantle the Internal Revenue Service, repeal the federal income tax and is open to a national sales tax in its place, but only if the Congress made deep cuts in federal spending first.
ABORTION: Has an anti-abortion voting record, but opposes a constitutional amendment to ban abortion and instead favors letting states restrict the procedure as they see fit. Urges supporters to contend the federal judiciary that outlaws abortion restrictions lacks jurisdiction to take up the issue.
GLOBAL WARMING: Restrictions on pollution should be done at the state rather than federal level. He favors federal tax credits for research of alternative energy sources and says expansion of nuclear power is a "safe, clean" way to cut back use of fossil fuels.
GAY MARRIAGE: Would let the states set restrictions on marriage and voted against federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2004. Says marriage is a religious institution, but would not oppose states issuing licenses that recognized the union of same-sex partners.
STEM-CELL RESEARCH FUNDING: Supports expansion of research, but opposes federal funding for it.