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News Anchor: Well compared to some of the other 2012 GOP presidential candidates, Ron Paul is considered a Straw Poll veteran, but with no previous Ames win, he’s hoping for a better outcome this time around, Congressman Paul is joining us now live from Iowa, hi Congressman, great to see you out there, thanks for joining us,
Ron Paul: Hi, thank you, nice to be with you.
News Anchor: So you’re expecting a better outcome this time around?
Ron Paul: I sure am and I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t have a better outcome, so that certainly is our goal but I don’t know whether I can predict much more than that.
News Anchor: What’s giving you that sense of confidence that your supporters out there have what it takes to get the organization in place?
Ron Paul: Well you know the one thing is, is we’ve talked about certain principles on foreign policy and monetary policy and spending for many years and therefore while there wasn’t so much support, but the support for those views have been growing exponentially including the disenchantment with the American people with the wars going on, so the country has moved in our direction and this has been reflected and the number of people who have joined the campaign, these with which we can raise money, the number of volunteers we’ve had, the organization we’ve had out here, so we can help but be a bit optimistic that we should do a lot better.
News Anchor: The race is going to get a bit more crowded in just a little while with Rick Perry jumping into the race formally, how do you feel about that?
Ron Paul: Well I mean that’s the way the system works, I don’t imagine he won’t be the last one to enter the race but me personally and our campaign looks out that he’s more of the status quo type politician, he’s been around a long time and supports basically the wars and he doesn’t challenge the Federal Reserve and all the things that we stand for and therefore he will have an effect, there’s no doubt about it…
News Anchor: Do you think he’s a game changer?
Ron Paul: …wait let me finish, he’ll end up taking the votes from the others, no he’s not a threat to us in any way.
News Anchor: But when you say he’s going to take the votes away from others, you think he’s a real game changer in this race then?
Ron Paul: Well I think so, I think the weaker establishment candidates, they’re going to lose even more support and they’ll be forced to make a decision and he will be a strong candidate but he represents more of what’s been going on for many, many years and therefore offers no real change that we’ve been talking about.
News Anchor: Now you’ve been out there shaking hands and talking to lots of folks over the last several weeks trying to get a sense of what’s in their hearts and minds. What are you hearing that stands out the most at this point? We had such a crazy [ride] on Wall Street over the last week and we obviously got downgraded, there are so many things at play right now that’s making people very anxious, what are you hearing that’s front and center with voters right now?
Ron Paul: Well I think the most interest has been in the economy, but there’s no way that when people understand what’s going on, they don’t have to think about our foreign policy and that is what I do all the time, because when you end up in many multiple wars going on that last forever and never ending, that is real economic cost and it’s costing us trillions of dollars, so connecting that with our deficit, just think of the trillions of dollars that could have been saved with a wiser foreign policy because I’ve argued against going into all these wars, and it makes a big difference that people can find, you could come close to balancing the budget by just staying out of war, then you have more peace and you have more prosperity, but we have to deal with other things too regulatory policy, tax policies, especially monetary policy because it’s monetary policy that encourage the big spender, whether it’s for entitlements or for war because as long as Congress doesn’t have to pay the bills and they can always go over to the Federal Reserve, and Federal Reserve just print up the money, then they wonder why we have economic problems, it’s common sense and I think young people especially you don’t have to have a PhD, matter of fact if you have a PhD in economics, you get very confused on economics but it makes common sense to say that you can’t run up these deficits, promise the sky to everybody and say “No big deal, the Fed is there to take care of it,” they’re the lender of last resort, they’re the counterfeiter of last resort and that’s where we’re getting our problems from.
News Anchor: So at this moment where you stand right now, you feel more confident, you think that you’re going to do better than last time, where would you feel, I mean if you don’t come out number one, what would be a good win for you?
Ron Paul: Well better than last time is in the first four places, a distant fourth is not too encouraging but most people who do more measurements than I do because I don’t look at the polls very often, I just try to deliver a message and encourage people, so most people think we’ll be in the top three and I think that’s pretty good.
News Anchor: And that should give your campaign some momentum if you do pull that off, alright sir, thank you for joining us, we’ll check back with you and your campaigns…
Ron Paul: Thanks for having me.
News Anchor: …appreciate it.