Profile: Ron Paul (GOP)
Full name:Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul
Date of birth: Aug 20, 1935 in Pittsburg, Pa.
Family:Married to Carolyn Paul, 3 sons, 2 daughters; 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
Education:B.S. Gettysburg College (1957), M.D. Duke University (1961)
Resume: Obstetrics and gynecology physician, U.S. representative (1976-77, 1979-85, 1997-present), Libertarian Party candidate for president (1988), Republican candidate for president (2008)
Texas Rep. Ron Paul is making his third bid for the presidency, his second run as a Republican. A native of western Pennsylvania, Paul is a trained physician who practiced medicine as an obstetrician/gynecologist before being elected to Congress in a 1976 special election. Paul has done three stints in the House, from 1976-77, 1979-85, and 1997-present; he has announced his intention to retire from the House at the end of his term. Paul ran as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 1988, and sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008. During his time in office, Paul has made a name for himself as a libertarian-minded Republican, and a critic of interventionist foreign policy and monetary policy.
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