CARROLL — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the country is finally catching up to his brand of politics and economic thinking.
For three decades, the libertarian-leaning Texan has preached limited government, a smaller role not only domestically in the form of lower taxes but also abroad, with a less adventurous foreign policy.
“Right now your biggest threat comes from your own government,” Paul said.
More than 100 people turned out Saturday morning in Carroll to hear Paul speak at Santa Maria Winery. Paul delivered opening remarks and then turned the event into a town-hall-style meeting, fielding audience questions.
Paul finished third at 12 percent behind businessman Herman Cain (23 percent) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (22 percent) in a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of likely Republican caucus-goers released Sunday.
On Saturday, Paul, a former Libertarian Party White House candidate, said he’s in a strong position as a Republican in the 2012 field and dismissed any speculation of a third-party candidacy.
“I have no intentions of running in a third party,” Paul said.
In his remarks Paul said that government reaction to crisis should to be pull back, grow smaller and allow free will and the marketplace to work.
“With each crisis it seems like the government grows,” Paul said.
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