By Vipul Rana
Ron Paul, considered the underdog by many people, is currently polling second in Iowa. Paul, the Republican Presidential candidate is becoming more and more popular among voters and John Jay College students are part of this wave of new supporters.
The Republican Party does not have a representative in the presidential elections as of now; however, we do know that Barack Obama has the Democratic Party’s nomination. Among the potential Republican candidates with Paul, are Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr, and Rick Santorum.
Paul stands outs among these candidates because he has adapted to the strategy Obama used during his successful run for the oval office: cater to young voters.
Paul, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas’s 14th district. He has made multiple attempts to run for the presidency between 1988 and 2008. He has been well known for his libertarian stance on many political issues, often differing from his own party’s traditional positions.
In the past, Paul did not run under the Republican ticket, rather he ran under the Independent Party. Paul, a physician, is not your typical politician due to his profession. Usually, politicians have a background in political science, law, and philosophy. However, this unique character may help him overcome some challenges he has faced both past and present: limited media attention; and lack of Party support.
Despite little coverage by the mainstream press, Paul is attractive to young voters. According to facebook, he currently has approximately 631,989 likes on his page. But voters like Hector Bradley said, “Ron Paul is totally ignored by the media and his political party seems reluctant to get him the attention a candidate needs.” Those 631,989 likes do not seem to attract Republican Party leaders. Party leaders are reluctant to support those candidates who do not abide by the Party’s ideology and Paul’s libertarian views are extreme for conservatives and party leaders.
The isolationist and libertarian views Paul has do not look too favorable to the Republican Party. His differing stance on many issue from those of the Republicans’ has created a lack of media support. Bradley said, “Ron Paul is a realist and therefore the media is not going broadcasting his views and ideas.”
Currently, throughout Paul’s bid in the 2012 elections, Paul has experienced the same lack of media support, prompting listeners to see him in a different way, not as a candidate but an individual who is making a series of comments and notes on issues.
Paul’s isolationist agenda for the Federal Reserve can create a cash flow, which can then be allocated into resources for the middle class. Paul wants to balance the budget regarding America’s economic state, addressing the purpose of the Federal Reserve, and provide more attention to the challenges that middle class family’s experience. Freshman Angelica Huratado, 21, who just completed a research paper on Paul said, he “represents the middle class, providing representation for them.” Huratado continued, “The Federal Reserve contains hardworking money from the middle class, yet it’s being transferred to the Federal Reserve Bank and the money is being dispersed among the rich class.”
Unlike the majority of Republican views regarding the current wars in Afghanistan and on terror, Paul has an anti-war message. Paul’s isolationist agenda can further be seen through his concern with issues regarding the United States foreign involvement. Paul wants to isolate the United States to the confines of its borders and not worry about other countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. This idea attracts voters like John Cusick, who said, “Ron Paul believes in non-interventionist. Therefore, he wants to pull back our troops from around the world and protect our own boarders instead of having 900 bases around the world in over 150 countries.” Cusick notes that Paul is a candidate that does not believe in pouring out all our resources into issues outside of our borders.
Many voters believe that the importance of having a figure that can stand up and represent peace, like Paul, has shown through his anti-war views will greater allies and relationships.
Voters like Salahdine Baroudi who is from the Middle East, said, “Ron Paul could be a great fit to represent the United States to foreign countries, while creating or strengthening the relationships with them and strengthening our national security.” Paul’s vision on national security and foreign policy is that America needs to abandon the idea of acting as the world’s policeman. Not only will acting as a police nation deplete the country’s resources, but also cost the country a huge sum of money, allowing no financial flexibility.
The issue of Healthcare in the government has been an ongoing conflict as the Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a partisan resolution. Paul wants to cut the medical field away from the federal bureaucrats and provide lower costs, and make available an increase access to a larger network of doctors. Paul is firm that the nation’s health care crisis fails to provide freedom and in stead uses force on individuals.
The uniqueness of Paul’s background as a physician would qualify him to have a strong voice regarding the Healthcare conflict the government is experiencing. Paul’s background also catches the attention of Richard Hundertmark, who said, “his background in the medical field can serve valuable for our healthcare crisis.” There should be a trustworthy relationship between patients and doctors so that doctors can provide effective and efficient medical care.
Not everyone is excited about Paul. Jessica Mejica, 22, a self identified Republican said, “Ron Paul is not really a Republican! He is a liberal, more to the left than to the right!” Paul has not quite won majority of the people. His own party support has challenged him for many of his stance. Yong voters like Mejica have become tough on candidates especially those from the party they support. One would think that before a candidate tries to win other voters, he must win those who support his party first.
Paul Narkunas, an Assistant Professor of English, said, “Paul has an incoherent philosophy based on willful thinking and faith in a free market system that denies social inequalities.”