Over the course of his career, Paul and his special brand of small-government activism have moved from the political hinterlands into the mainstream discussion. The man who was once the 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate is now a visible presence in the Republican presidential field.

The U.S. representative from Texas has only picked up steam following his 2008 campaign for president. He performs well in straw polls. In fact, he won a California GOP straw poll with 44.9 percent of the votes on Sep. 17. And his fundraising, although far behind the well-connected likes of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, is still formidable.

The Paul campaign also recently opened a state office in Michigan, another in Louisiana and announced the hiring of a state director for Nevada. Paul also picked up the endorsement of Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a freshman Congressman and the second youngest member of Congress at age 31.

“No person in public office has done more to secure the liberty of the American people than Dr. Ron Paul,” Amash said in a statement.

“Time and again, Dr. Paul has been right, and the conventional wisdom has been wrong,” Amash continued. “For decades, he has warned about the dangers of deficit spending and government’s reckless expansion of the money supply. He has warned about the unforeseen consequences of sending our troops into unnecessary wars. He has warned about sacrificing our freedoms for empty promises that government will protect us from harm.”

Continue reading →