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Pimp and Pros Pitch Paul for Prez

12/5/2007 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Hillary and Obama might court the unions and the NEA for their endorsement, Romney and Rudy the NRA and the Christian right, but only one candidate is truly getting whored-out in his campaign for president.
Ron Paul and prostitutes
That, of course, is Ron Paul, the Libertarian GOP hopeful (and prohibitive underdog), who has procured the ass-istance of perhaps the most famous legal brothel in the world -- Northern Nevada's BunnyRanch -- and its proprietor, Dennis Hof. In fact, TMZ has obtained an appeal from Hof to American voters, which Hof hopes will, as he puts it, "lubricate Ron Paul's path to the White House."

Unfortunately, Paul isn't on board with the program, because when we called his campaign manager to ask about the pimp support, he didn't sound too happy about it.

Mark Elam says that Congressman Paul "didn't solicit" Hof and his hoes -- certainly not their business, nor their political support. He tells us that, to his knowledge, Hof and Rep. Paul haven't met, nor does Paul sanction any form of prostitution.

As the libertarian-leaning candidate, Paul has been vocal in his support of states' rights, which, naturally, are amenable to the BunnyRanch and its business. Still, Paul is also strongly pro-life.
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Save Joe Francis     

Ron Paul vs. A Nation Of Suckers: Why We Won't Listen To One Man's Common Sense About Terrorism

Read these two statements about terrorism.

Ron Paul: "They're not attacking us because we're rich and free, they're attacking us because we're over there."

Osama Bin Laden: "Contrary to what Bush says and claims — that we hate freedom — let him tell us then: why did we not attack Sweden?"

And this one from Alan Greenspan about the Iraq War: "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

These three statements come from three bizarre quarters. One, a presidential candidate who doesn't have a hope in hell of becoming president. Two, the biggest bastard on the planet. Three, a man who had the power to do something about our debt crisis, but didn't lift a finger.

Yet these three statements have one thing in common: they speak the plainest common sense.

As such, they stand out like lonely buoys on an ocean of BS about terrorism and the Iraq War. Which raises the question: why is this? Why are we, as a nation, still suckers for Bush's rhetoric about "the war on terror"? Why do we buy his BS about the Iraq War? Why are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton suckers for it as well, since neither of them want our soldiers to get the hell out of Iraq? Why do we fall for blowhards like Bush and Giuliani, instead of absorbing the common sense of Ron Paul? What the hell is going on here? Are we Americans terminally stupid?

For those of you unfamiliar with Ron Paul's views, here are three key statements from him:

1. "They attack us because we've been over there. We've been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We've been in the Middle East for years. I think Reagan was right. We don't understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics. Right now, we're building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? Would we be objecting?"

2. "I believe the CIA is correct when it warns us about blowback. We overthrew the Iranian government in 1953 and their taking the hostages was the reaction. This dynamic persists and we ignore it at our risk. They're not attacking us because we're rich and free, they're attacking us because we're over there."

3. Back in November 19, 1997, in a letter to President Bill Clinton: "Policy toward Iraq is not designed to protect U.S. national security. It is instead a threat to our security because it may lead to war and loss of American lives, increase terrorism and certainly an additional expense for the U.S. taxpayer. The hyped rhetoric coming from Washington which describes Hussein as the only evil monster with which we must deal in the world is a poor substitute for wise counsel. "

And while we're going back a few years, here's what George Bush said in an October 2000 debate with Al Gore: "If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road."

Even Bush 2000 didn't buy the BS of Bush 2007.

So is our nation having a common sense debate about terrorism? Nope. The opinion pages of our national dailies are hardly buzzing with pro-Ron Paul and anti-Ron Paul arguments. The fog of Bush BS has settled over America like the smell of crap over a factory farm.

So what is going on here? Since I believe we Americans are only intermittently stupid, why have we been permanently stupid for the last six years? Why have we stashed our brains in our butts this long?

One reason: 9/11.

We've taken to acting from trauma, caught in the vagaries of human psychology. The trauma of 9/11 has spooked us into stupidity.

And the BS from Bush has kept us spooked stupid and mired in our collective trauma. We buy into the Bush BS about "the war on terror", when terrorism is actually a crime to be handled by the FBI (and is in fact very well-handled by Scotland Yard in England, where they have a huge disaffected Muslim population). We buy into the Iraq War as a "war on terror" when it's a war about oil. We buy into "support our troops because they're defending our freedom" when our troops are in Iraq to support Halliburton and Exxon. That arch-adulterer Rudy Giuliani is running on our trauma, and leads the GOP pack because of it.

Ron Paul may speak common sense till he's blue in the face but, spooked by our trauma, we're stuck in the fog of "the war on terror." Ron Paul may even win the GOP debates: an MSNBC poll during the California Republican debate asked who stood out among the pack, and with over 75,000 voting, 14% chose Rudy Giuliani, 19% chose Mitt Romney, and 48% chose Ron Paul. On the issue of who showed the most leadership qualities, Paul

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47.

Jim McClarin    

I know this off-beat and well-publicized endorsement will dissuade some "values voters" from voting for Ron Paul. However, this reminded me of Jesse Ventura's bid for governor of Minnesota. His opponents publicized passages from Ventura's autobiography about his brothel romps, which apparently endeared him to a larger percentage of voters because the episode convinced them he would not become a dreaded moral crusader once elected.

There are big differences of course. Paul, a 72-year-old devout Christian, was hardly a brothel patron nor did he seek any such endorsement or donations, legal though they may be. Still, the story's wide distribution may deliver the same benefit to Paul as Ventura received.

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48.

Danny    

Rudy and the NRA??? Those two don't mix at all. Rudy is a gun-grabbing RINO.

2429 days ago
49.

Adam    

It's sad that people like TMZ smear Ron Paul because a brothel owner and prostitutes support him. I don't know what TMZ is trying to suggest with this, prostitutes support all the other candidates as well.

Ron is not "liberal" as someone suggested. I do not know where they are getting that from, he is a Libertarian running as a Republican to get more votes and because he supports many of the Republican ideals such as small government.

I do not know why people call Ron crazy either. They do not elaborate why, they just call him crazy because they don't want to take the time to actually learn anything about politics it seems. I would like everyone who thinks Ron is crazy to explain why, and I would like to know why this brothel has anything to do with him.

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Adam    

"ron paul is a whacko. sure he voted against the war and I applaud him for that but his stance on other issues are c-r-a-z-y"

-What- specifically do you think is crazy? You must think your argument is very weak if you won't even say what it is. I urge everyone to read about his political views themselves at his campaign website. www.ronpaul2008.com

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neisha    

Anyone that criticizes RON PAUL clearly does not know anything about him. He is the ONLY candidate that will fight preserve freedom...real freedom. Even the hookers at the BunnyRanch can see that.

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RonPaul Supporter    

These "Adult entertainers" are plants by Tucker Carlson a MSNBC new "reporter". The media is running scared of Ron Paul and are trying to smear any way they can. Before you judge why dont you guys actually take a look at ontheissues.com and see how ron paul has actually voted on the issues.

BTW: article on Carlson's smear attempt -> http://www.truthnews.us/?p=999

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53.

buggirl    

Too bad Ron Paul is anti-abortion.

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54.

Party 'till you die!    

I for one, have NOT been satisfied with how things are running in our government right now. I consider myself as a Strong Independent and look to a person's record before I vote for them. I refuse to take party lines because the bi-partisan system is flawed in my opinion, but that is another story. I blame both parties for much of what has happened recently. To tell you the truth, most of the front running candidates scare the living hell out of me! As far as a few of the candidates: Clinton- too political and I don't think things will change under her leadership. Obama, I saw the guy speak at ASU and as invigorating as he was, I don't think that he will get the votes and shamefully because of the Huge Racist Divide we still have in this country. Thompson is just a nut. Giuliani, ties to 911 and other factors make me say NO. Romney scares me and I think the divide between church and state will be burned to the ground. And despite being an Arizonan and respecting his veteran status, McCain is an old school Warhawk who will only make things worse. That's not everyone, but after all is said and done, the only one that I see left standing is Ron Paul. Based on this, he definitely has my vote if he can get the nod.

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55.

V    

If you really want to throw away your vote then vote for Romney or Hillary or Obama or Gulianni. Anyone one of these will get you the same government we stupid Americans built. Oh yeah some will spend our money on war and some on welfare but they have one thing in common…. Government in your life. Democracy is the RIGHT to make the wrong decision. We are all responsible for ourselves. Whenever you allow a government to do something for you that same government will do something to you. We are 9.2 trillion in debt. The dollar is collapsing worldwide. The once mighty dollar is not wanted by anyone from oil states to supermodels. You can keep drinking the Koolaid thinking that someone can fix America. That someone can fix healthcare. That someone can fix social security. It will never ever ever happen. America was founded by Patriots that believed in Liberty. Liberty means doing whatever you want. Anything… as long as you do not infringe on another liberty. The founding fathers believed in very limited government. We now have more laws than any other country in history and more people in prison than any country in the world! Ron Paul may be extreme but we need extreme. Ron Paul may not endorse brothels but he will defend a states right to allow them. Our founding father risked everything to give us Liberty. We are more oppressed than they ever were yet we are too afraid to change. http;//www.defendersofliberty.com

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Party 'till you die!    

V, nicely said and your facts are in order. Good job!

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57.

um    

RON PAUL WILL LEGALIZE MARIJUANA, END THE WAR ON DRUGS, AND END THE WARS OVERSEAS!! PLEASE SUPPORT RON PAUL!!!

2429 days ago
58.

Holly    

I read all about Ron Paul's stand on the issues, and I disagree with
almost everything he believes. His proposed policies would destroy
America. He basically wants a weak, poor federal government, which is
the worst possible situation for the US. Weaken the federal
government, and you weaken our defense capabilities. He wants to give
all the power to individual states, which would create a bunch of
states with wildly different laws and regulations. It would be a
disaster.

He does get one thing right, however, he knows the Iraq war was a sham. For that, he's better than any other republican candidate. Although it is strange that he's even running as a republican. He should be running on a third party libertarian ticket.

2429 days ago
59.

Adrian    

No one really seems to care about the $850,000 in dirty cash Hillary received from some Chinese communist. People are free to donate to what ever candidate they like right?

2429 days ago
60.

tiger    

News flash: This is a Republican Primary. None of you wack jobs, druggies or Ron Paul Cult followers are representive of My Party. Only in this Internet universe does Mr. Paul have fans, not in real voting booths. By Feb. 5th he will be a footnote in history.

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