Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ron Paul on Pakistan; NY Times interviews The Favorite Son in Philadelphia

How has the deteriorating situation in Pakistan affected your campaign message?

It fell right in my lap. It's exactly what I said. Ten billion dollars we paid into this guy's coffers to keep a military dictator who overthrew an elected government. And we're supposed to die for spreading democracy? We're going broke. And now we've created chaos in that country. We had Bhutto come back in there. Everybody over there knows our CIA is trying to run things. That's why he's so unpopular. As long as we're going to interfere, there will be a motivation for people to get rid of our puppet government and turn against us as well. That's where the radicalism comes from. It's a response to a foreign policy that is seriously flawed.

(for the full Q&A US News & World Report did with US Rep. Ron Paul, click HERE.)

Our Congressman, interviewed by The NY Times on Friday, reflected on his record-breaking fund-raising effort on Nov. 5.

As for the record one-day fund-raising, he said, “I had nothing to do with it,” adding that he had so far neglected to thank the people responsible. (James Sugra, 28, of Huntington Beach, Calif., acting on his own, posted an online video proposing one big day of fund-raising; Trevor Lyman, 37, of Miami Beach, then independently created a site,, that featured the video.)

Mr. Paul estimated that the one-day haul had brought ”$10 million worth of free publicity.”

He added, “It’s kind of sad, but the money is what has given us credibility, not the authenticity of the ideas.”

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