The media coverage for the Republican presidential nomination has began to pick up steam. The Ames Presidential Straw Poll was recently held in the state of Iowa. Along with that, Texas Governor Rick Perry has entered into the contest. People are also wondering whether or not former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, will enter into the contest. Donald Trump has also been involved in much media coverage during the nomination process. With all of the media coverage during this process, why isn’t the media covering another presidential candidate? His name is Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is currently the U.S. Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas. He has been serving the 14th district since 1997, and has been termed the “intellectual godfather” of the Tea Party Movement. Ron Paul is a doctor, and has served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965. He is known for his Libertarian ideas, which completely differ from the Democrat and Republican parties. Paul finished a very close second to Michele Bachmann in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll. He fell less than 200 votes of beating her, which is basically a dead heat. Even with this, Ron Paul still receives little to no media coverage. So called experts still view former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney along with Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann as the front runners. So why does Ron Paul continue to get overlooked?
I will admit that when I heard people talking about Ron Paul during the 2008 presidential primaries, I didn’t pay much attention myself. It seems that so many people were focused too much on candidates like Hillary Clinton, and then candidate Barack Obama. For the past couple of years I have been doing some research on Ron Paul. Although I identify myself as a weak Democrat, I find that I agree with some of his views such as auditing the Federal Reserve, and wanting to end the wars we are in. During my research of Ron Paul, I found that he has kept the same stances on his ideas. Unlike other candidates, he doesn’t flip flop to appeal to people. Shouldn’t this be what we want in a president? Someone who takes a stance and sticks to it.
Many people feel that Ron Paul is unelectable and doesn’t have a chance of winning due to his Libertarian views. This makes his third time running for president. He ran in 1988 as a Libertarian, and in 2008 as a Republican. I personally feel that the media disregards Ron Paul because of his views. His views aren’t considered to be mainstream, and corporate interests control the mainstream media. I don’t know if America is ready for a different view on politics at this time. With the shape our country is in now, I think that Americans should be ready for a different perspective. Americans have become so brainwashed by what the mainstream feeds us, that we often don’t think for ourselves at times. I don’t know if Ron Paul has a real chance at winning the Republican nomination, but I do know that he has a loyal following that generates much excitement.