Ron Paul, a Republican Presidential candidate who is opposed to the war in Iraq, believes that lawmakers can reach across the aisle to pass legislation that will bring American troops home as soon as possible.
â€œSometimes, those [liberal and conservative] labels are misleading,â€ he told Joe Scarborough on MSNBC Tuesday. â€œI think if you approach this from a constitutional viewpoint, we can join hands with the left as well as the right and come up with a solution and get our troops home.â€
As the host mentioned, the Texas Congressman has co-sponsored a bill with another presidential contender, Democrat Dennis Kucinich, that would repeal President Bushâ€™s authority to use force in Iraq within the next sixth months. Besides Kucinich, 18 other Democrats have signed on.
Paul has garnered a lot of interest on the Internet. As a result, he now has more cash on hand than the campaign of the once favored John McCain, Senator from Arizona.
â€œI know the daily fundraising over the Internet has remained strong,â€ he said. â€œYou know, for us, if we can . . . raise $50,000, thatâ€™s a lot of money and since we spend it very conservatively, itâ€™s been very helpful to us.â€
A strict follower of the constitution, Paul also bemoaned how Republicans have neglected their commitment to fiscal conservatism. â€œWeâ€™re a big government party of big government conservatives and this war is a disaster,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s part of the big government . . . Weâ€™re fiscally irresponsible. The Republican Party has lost its way. If it expects to do any good at all next year, it has to be a party of limited government.â€