In Ron Paul‘s view of the world, God wants limited government and elimination of the Federal Reserve.
That’s right. The twice-failed Presidential candidate — once as a Libertarian and later as a Republican — says he finds his anti-government beliefs rooted in scripture, not politics.
While some might find it a stretch to see God as a strict Constitutionalist, Paul finds a way to link most of his beliefs to his Christian faith.
“Ron Paul is, first and foremost, a right-wing religious zealot,” a long-time GOP political consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue. “That is key to his hardcore, almost cult-like followers.”
According to Chris Moody at The Ticket, a close look at Paul’s campaign will find it littered with Christian conservatives and right-wing religious activists. His Iowa campaign director, Michael Heath, came from the anti-gay Christian Civic League of Maine, which fought against adding sexual orientation to the state’s human right act.
Paul has a long history of opposing gay marriage. Moody also cites The Iowa Poll, conducted by the Des Moines Register, which found 17 percent feel Paul is “the most socially conservative candidate” in the upcoming caucuses. Only Michelle Bachmann polls higher among the right wing.
Paul hopes his extreme right-wing positions play well in Iowa where 64 percent of likely voters oppose gay marriage and abortion.
Yet while Paul polls well on those hot button issues, it is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich — who is considered the most “socially conservative” by just 10 percent in the recent Iowa Poll — who leads the polls in Iowa.
Why? Because while Paul courts the right with his right-wing stands on gay rights and abortion, he runs counter to those who want Constitutional amendments to enforce those views.
Family Leader, a leading conservative group in Iowa, removed Paul’s name from a list of candidates for endorsement.
Family Leader boss Bob Vander Platts, says the group sees no reason to support him.
“He’s right on the sanctity of human life but he’s wrong when he believes it is a states’ rights issue,” Vander Platts says. “Such important issues should not be left up to the states.”
In debates and interviews, Paul quotes the bible as foundations for his economic policies and conservative beliefs, Moody notes.
(Editor’s Note: The original version of this article did not include proper attribution to source material. It has been edited to reflect that.)
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- Ron Paul’s niche support: Solid but not enough (capitolhillblue.com)
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