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Ron Paul Advisor Doug Wead Responds to Criticism From Bachmann, Gingrich, Santorum and Others

Consistently a target for criticism from his GOP opponents, Ron Paul remains steady in the polls with an ardent following. Doug Wead, a senior advisor to the Paul campaign, joined Gregg Jarrett this morning to respond to the latest attacks against the presidential candidate.

Of all of Paul's platforms, it's his views on foreign policy that his opponents have called out:

"Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of every decent American." - Newt Gingrich

"Ron Paul is to the left of Barack Obama on national security. He's even to the left of Dennis Kucinich. Don't laugh." - Rick Santorum

"Ron Paul would be dangerous as president." - Michele Bachmann

In response to these remarks,

Wead pointed to the Constitution. "A lot of what Ron Paul says and believes is misrepresented. He believes strongly in the Constitution," he said. "There's nothing dangerous about the U.S. Constitution. If we decided we needed to react, as a president he would take it to the U.S. Congress. We'd decide; we'd declare war; we'd win it, and then we'd get out."

What about Paul's claim that America is to blame for 9/11 because we had troops in Saudi Arabia?

Wead clarified that Paul believes that the Islamic fundamentalists believe that, not Paul himself, necessarily.

Jarrett then turned to Paul's record in Congress, citing a Santorum remark that Paul only passed one bill of 620 proposed in his last 20 years in Congress.

Wead responded by noting that Paul has been very active in Congress, and has accomplished a lot without taking accolades. According to Wead, Paul can be credited with "pulling back the curtain on the Federal Reserve."
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"Four years ago, 74 percent of this country didn't know what the Federal Reserve is, today, 74 percent of the nation wants it audited. Obama, Romney would audit a waitress to make sure she pays her taxes on tip money, but won't audit the Federal Reserve. But thanks to Ron Paul, we got a partial audit. It showed in 2008 that $16 trillion - the national debt was $14 trillion - was loaned out in interest free money to major banks in this country.

We've always had corruption in Washington because people are really angry because the corruption has reached a level that they're losing the value of their homes, the value of their IRAs and Ron Paul is the only person with the guts to take this on."

Finally a recent Washington Post poll said that of 25 percent of voters who view Paul favorably, nearly two thirds of them do not view themselves as Republicans. How can this help Paul?

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