I saw Ron Paul interviewed on the PBS Jim Lehrer show a few days ago. I'd been seeing his name around Gather so I was glad he was on.
I thought he was a very exciting speaker. I LOVED his foreign policy (basically ... get out of everywhere). He's basically a good old fashioned Libertarian. That's also where I have trouble with him personally - since I'm very Democrat and think there are things that government should do (and can do well).
His view on health care seemed oddly old fashioned to me. He said he liked the old fashioned model of the church hospitals. Church hospitals are still around. I don't think their pricing model will ever go back to the past. Things have all gone corporate, especially hospitals - and that will not reverse no matter what - no way no how. Our next President has to be able to work with what we have now.
For abortion he wanted it to become a State issue. Since poor people won't be able to travel to the States that will end up allowing it, it will make abortion a thing only the rich enough can afford, and that might be unconstitutional. And he said that abortions are allowed up to one minute before birth in American - that's NOT how the compromise of Roe VS Wade works, at all! That was just wacky. Or he may have just misspoke because he can't be so dumb about something like that.
He didn't talk about global warming that I remember. I wonder what the Libertarian solution to that is.
Anyway. It was nice to hear a politician speak who CAN speak, and who didn't put me to sleep.