Celebrities for Ron Paul!
When I was a Cato intern, some of us lamented that we really didn’t have any celebrities holding up the libertarian banner, no popular people to bring the message to the masses. John Stossel didn’t really count (apparently), and Drew Carey was left to hold the torch alone. Well, if we go by the rather simplistic (and thus, used by journalists everywhere) metric of Ron Paul = Everything Libertarian, then good news! We have a celebrity endorsement for Mr. Paul!
“Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn introduced Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) Friday night at the Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) in Reno, Nevada.
Vaughn and Paul are “friends,” according to Paul’s campaign. Pictures from the conference posted at Paul’s campaign website show the two chatting along with Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
The Pauls did attend the premiere of Vaughn’s film “Couples Retreat” in 2009.
Vaughn also wrote an endorsement for Paul’s book “End the Fed” in 2009, writing: “Everyone must read this book–Congressmen and college students, Democrats and Republicans–all Americans.”
“Vince [is] not merely interested in Dr. Paul’s philosophy but he also graciously invited Dr. and Mrs. Paul to the premier of his film ‘Couples Retreat,’” according to Paul’s 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton in a statement.
Fantastic! Vince Vaughn is a good-looking, popular actor who hasn’t done too many dumb things (at least, I’ve never seen him on one of those supermarket tabloids being ripped for cheating on his wife), and may be a good link to young people for learning more and supporting Mr. Paul’s candidacy.
Unfortunately, I have some bad news as well. There is a celebrity endorsement for Mr. Paul:
Vaughn is not Paul’s only celebrity fan. Iconic singer Barry Manilow told The Daily Caller earlier this week, “I agree with just about everything [Paul] says.”
You know, it’s a good thing Paul is running for office in America. If this were Brazil, that sort of endorsement could get him killed. (No, really, who doesn’t think listening to Barry Manilow’s music is hell? Seriously?)