Doctor No Wants You to Say Yes

Exclusive: Ron Paul warns the economy will get worse, calls for action.

Doctor No wants you to say, “Yes,” and join him on the road to the White House.

Emerging from Cotton, a Manchester restaurant where he dined Thursday with friends and at least one major Tim Pawlenty supporter looking for a new candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul invited Patch to join him on the road to a house party in Amherst.

On the campaign trail, people simply call the Texas Republican “Doctor,” not Congressman. It’s Doctor Paul. And it’s reminiscent of another presidential hopeful, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in 2004. Of course, the two doctors have vastly different political DNA – just consider Paul’s nickname of Doctor No for voting against bills on Capitol Hill. But his followers say Paul has somehow built a similar buzz, or so they hope.

It’s a lightning-in-a-bottle, damn-the-torpedoes, Davy Crockettness that has an organic appeal for certain Republicans and independents.

But how will it play in the Primary?

In case you missed it, he nearly won the Iowa Straw Poll last weekend. Can he do more than topple top-tier candidates in the New Hampshire Primary, a real election? Can a man who has delivered more than 4,000 babies breathe more life into his campaign, his third shot at the presidency?

During our minivan drive to his house call in Amherst, Doctor Paul said his campaign would surge as more people hear his message.

NH Patch: What about your message is resonating here?

Ron Paul: The message is the same. I think the message is what gets their attention. I think there is a greater need in the sense that the financial crisis is worse. I’ve been talking about that and warning about it. So credibility built. And also the foreign policy. If you view the statistics, we find out that the American people are getting tired of a 10-year war and they don’t see an end to it.

So I think those things are coming my way and I think it just takes time to change people’s minds. There’s a lot of information and we don’t get on the evening news very often so it has to be spread a little bit more slowly. Our numbers just keep growing. The message has pretty much been the same.

Patch: What’s it take to win New Hampshire?

Paul: Everything we did before we’re doing better and more of it, because we have more people. Yes, we had a headquarters last time, but when we opened it four years ago I imagine we had 20-25 people come. Last night we had a huge crowd. We have more people who are experienced in politics. We have a lot more people who are in office. They got energized during the last campaign and went out and ran for office.”

Patch: Do you need a “call-to-arms” for Tea Party supporters to rally behind you?

Paul: I’ll let somebody else do that. I don’t see much profit out of that, in claiming things. The facts are out on the table, when it started and what it isn’t. I think it’s a credit to the Tea Party that it is sort of spontaneous and sort of spread out, that you’d expect it to be, not monolithic, I mean, they didn’t take my campaign platform and say, ‘this is going to be the Tea Party platform.’ But the Tea Party people who are upset and frustrated, like I was, that was a unifying issue. We’re tired of it. Government is too big and they spend too much money and the debt is too high.

Patch: Do you expect the economy to get worse before it gets better?

Paul: Yes. I think that we’re in a downdraft. And I date our downturn, not to '08, but to 2000 with the NASDAQ bubble bursting. … Then with the recognition that the financial crisis hit in '08, this was more confirmation that now we still have more bubbles out there. We have a bond bubble. Everybody’s buying bonds and there’s no way these bonds can be worth what they think that it is because the value of the dollar has gone down, that’s what the price of gold is telling us and that’s why people are skittish about stocks.

So it’s going to get a lot worse and if we don’t do the right thing it’s going to last a long time. We didn’t do the right thing in the '30s and we didn’t get out of the depression for 17 years. And this is going to be equally long and it could be much worse because the bubble was much bigger and that’s why I consider it very, very serious. It’s worldwide. It’s the biggest financial bubble in the history of mankind and it was all based on our paper money, our dollar. It’s not going to be one country at a time, it’s intertwined. That’s why these riots and things and overthrows of government around the world are very significant. If we’re not careful we’re going to have violence in this country and we better get prepared and we ought to do the right thing to head this off.

Patch: The right thing being what exactly?

Paul: Restore these basic principles that really made us a great nation and wealthy. You have to liquidate debt, get rid of the problems that we created, and, that is, allow bankruptcies to occur. You have to quit spending money. You have to balance the budget. You have to lower taxes. You have to get rid of regulations. You have to change foreign policy, and people have to understand why you’re doing it and why it’s in their best interest to do it, and that’s a handful.”

StopCorporatism August 19, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Say yes to Ron Paul by donating tomorrow (Sat Aug 20) at RonPaul2012.com to the moneybomb. Help the campaign, and see your name on the ticker!
Debra August 19, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Mainstream Republican party officials and the media are in for a surprise when it comes to Ron Paul. For a while, I have thought that blowing off the Paul supporters was a bad idea.
Jeff Hatch August 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM
He won't even finish 3rd here in NH
TK Olsen August 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Good that Ron Paul is in the race - his no-nonsense approach may resonate with voters who instantly dismiss/heckle mainstream politicians. Maybe they will then start understanding what's really needed to turn this country around. [Hint: It won't be pretty.] TK Olsen [@OutofNH]
Bonnie Logan August 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM
This is a great man, with great ideas, morals and values. He is truly an American! Please, God, allow him to be our next president! :)
Adam Campos August 20, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Paul, like Kucinich, actually has America's best interest in mind. And that is why they'll never let him win a nomination - much less the election. Washington is under the control of the world elite, so all these debates and Presidential race is just a circus to distract us from what is going on behind the scenes. We are being presented a false choice: you can order anything on the menu as long as it's chicken. What we need is a revolution, state secessions, or a complete ouster of the forces behind the Federal Reserve, the lobbyists, and the pigs on Capitol Hill who do their biddings. The problems our great nation faces are quite simple to solve, but they were created by the people who benefit from them. Open your eyes and reject the current political system, the monetary system, and the gradual dissolution of our freedom/rights and integration into the New World Order.
Tom Loosmore Jr. August 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible: avoiding occasions of expence by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expence, but by vigorous exertions in time of Peace to discharge the Debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear. George Washington I think Ron Paul come the closest to the thinking of our Founding Fathers of all those who are seeking the Republican nomination. We need to get back to the Constitution, severly cut the size of government, bring our troops home to secure out country and adopt a new tax code. I serve on the Executive Committee for House Bill HR 25, The Fair Tax Amendment. If understood, "IN FULL", this bill would change our country for ever, making things more balanced for all of our citizens. Here is a link for your further review: http://www.fairtax.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1590&pg=main
Jesse August 21, 2011 at 03:41 PM
And yet he won the NH Young Republicans straw poll by a huge margin!
Julian Alien September 29, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Come on New Hampshire,vote for this man.I am sick of competing against third world countries right in my birth town.I realize that you do not have as much of a problem with illegals as down here ,but they have been going out at night and stealing the sea turtle eggs off the beaches here.Enough is enough,I want secure borders.Florida Republican.


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