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From Dr. No to Tea Party Godfather: Ron Paul

Friday, 13 May 2011 07:10 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — No serious presidential candidate has been bashing runaway government spending and federal overreach longer than Rep. Ron Paul has.

The Texas Republican's nickname on Capitol Hill says it all: "Dr. No."

These days, those positions are popular with Republican voters, and Paul is urging Republicans to say "Yes" as he makes his third attempt at the presidency.

Paul plans to announce a bid for the Republican nomination on Friday while in New Hampshire.

Now 75, Paul was first elected to Congress in 1976. He ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988, then as a Republican in 2008.

The former flight surgeon is an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and wants the U.S out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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