Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who has long been a voice for fiscal conservatism and a sustainable foreign policy, may be leaving the Congress, but his isn’t done spreading his message. The Hill noted over the weekend that Paul will take his message to college campuses, hoping to popularize these views with young people:
In an interview with The Hill, the Texas Republican clearly indicated that he isn’t ready for the rocking chair.
The 77-year-old physician-politician said, “I’m excited about spending more time on college campuses, not less. College campuses will still be on my agenda. That’s where the action is.”
He added, “The young people don’t like the debt they are inheriting, the violation of their civil liberties. They don’t like the war and it’s a fertile field. The people up here sort of ignore them.”
He started drumming up collegiate interest during his first presidential bid for the GOP nomination in 2008, and built on the excitement in the 2012 primary. (Paul ran as the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1988.)
The GOP hasn’t been able to capitalize on the college vote but the libertarian Paul has connected with young voters.
Paul opted not to endorse GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who was badly beaten by President Obama by college-aged voters.
The retired obstetrician attributed the youth support of Obama to the president’s tone on avoiding war, calling him “the peace candidate.”
Republicans have really neglected the youth vote. They really haven’t reached out to them, and have suffered as a result of it. Jason Riley recently noted that Republicans had done well with these voters until the last few cycles.
With the economy and long-term fiscal issues continuing to be a concerns, the message of Republicans should be appealing to younger voters. However, social issues have hurt Republicans as Democrats have been able to more effectively tailor their message to this voting bloc. Moreover, Mitt Romney wasn’t an appealing candidate to them; whereas President Obama appeared as though he was more able to relate to their concerns.
While he is a social conservative, though his beliefs are geared toward federalism and he tends to focus on economics and foreign policy, Paul is able to relate with young voters where most other Republicans are not. Really, he’s in his element with young people. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Paul is that he doesn’t have much of a filter. He really tells it like is, leveling with people who are tired of stereotypical politicians.