Guest column: Schmidt on Ron Paul

Steffen Schmidt

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been a contender for president for several rounds. He has a Ronald Reagan-like style and likability.

He also has a passionate following of often-younger voters who support his libertarian revolution of smaller government, more personal freedom (no Patriot Act and other intrusive information gathering) and opposition to foreign wars, assassinations of foreign leaders and torture.

While some of his positions don’t fit at all with the Iowa conservative Republican base, he has built a solid support from a growing number of more eclectic Republicans and this has earned him an 18 percent poll position in second place in Iowa. In another Iowa poll, he was at 20.4 percent. Some believe that in the end he could win the Iowa caucuses. He also has solid backing in New Hampshire, the second big political event.