Paul heads back to D.C. for debt ceiling vote
January 17th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul heads back to D.C. for debt ceiling vote

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is taking a day off from the campaign trail in South Carolina to return to the nation's capital to vote on a House Republican resolution on the nation's debt ceiling.

Paul's presidential campaign says the longtime congressman from Texas will head back to Capitol Hill Wednesday, to vote on a GOP proposal that would deny President Barack Obama's request to increase the nation's debt ceiling.

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As part of last summer's deal to extend the country's debt ceiling, congressional Republicans demanded a provision to hold a vote on a resolution disapproving the move – which would give conservative lawmakers another chance to show their opposition, even though there's little chance the resolution would pass Congress and make it to the president's desk. The number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer called the vote a "charade."

Paul, who's making his third bid for the presidency, opposed last summer's agreement between the White House and Congress, saying at the time that "I have never voted to raise the debt ceiling, and I never will."

Tuesday, Paul's campaign used the candidate's departure from campaign trail to criticize some his rivals for the GOP nomination.

"Ron Paul is taking real action to stop the debt wherever he can while his rivals for the Republican nomination pay only lip service. Tomorrow's vote will divide leaders into two starkly different camps: the tax-and-spend establishment, and the true reformers who want to roll back decades of government enlargement, overreach, and irresponsibility," said Paul campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The campaign says Paul will return to South Carolina Thursday morning, in time for a CNN-Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate in Charleston that evening. Saturday is the Palmetto State's first in the south primary, the third contest in the primary and caucus calendar.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. jebahoula

    Ron Paul would win South Carolina and the nomination, if he would CLEARLY link the trillion dollar savings from ending U.S. foreign wars with financing Social Security. He alludes to that sometimes but does not CLEARLY and REPEATEDLY state so in his ads or debates. Trillions were borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund to fight wars overseas for many years and paying this money back, with interest, by ending the wars would make Social Security solvent forever.

    January 18, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. s

    Crazy Uncle Paul is on the loose again!!!

    January 18, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  3. timoteo

    RON PAUL the LOBBYISTS don't want him FINANCE aka BIG BANKS don't want him. This should show you why the AMERICAN people should vote him in. Obama failed and became a puppet to finance just look at his cabinet of fools.

    January 18, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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