After 13 members of the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Committee voted Monday night to censure Senator Linsey Graham over dispproval of some of his votes, including TARP funds, Graham and others in the Lexington County party pointed fingers at Ron Paul supporters, saying they had driven the censure. U.S. Representative Ron Paul ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988 and then changed to Republican in 2008. Graham says his focus is on growing the GOP to oppose legislation like the Democratic health care bill.
Representative Paul appeared on MSNBC Wednesday night, interviewed by Rachel Maddow, and mentioned Lindsey Graham, saying that Graham, like many Republicans, don’t realize that many young people today, like college students, want to join a party with a different philosophy—i.e. Paul’s platform of limiting the size of federal government, opposing corporate bailouts and changing foreign policy.
“The kids see it and they’re inheriting this mess,” said Paul. “And that’s where I get excited and enthusiastic, when I go to the campuses, because believe me, the young people responding very favorably to this message.”
Paul serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services, where he has been an outspoken critic of American foreign policy.