TAMPA, August 30, 2012 – Anyone who has followed the Republican Party presidential nominating process knows the typical Ron Paul supporter. He or she is young, passionate about Paul’s platform, and willing to ride buses all night and knock on doors all day to support Ron Paul. Most often, he or she has never participated in the political process before.
Doug Wead couldn’t be less typical in that respect. Wead is a longtime Republican Party insider. He’s worked on seven Republican presidential campaigns, starting with Barry Goldwater’s in 1964. He’s also worked in three administrations, for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He has entertained presidents at his house and visited theirs.
Before 2008, he didn’t know who Ron Paul was and wouldn’t have agreed with him on much..
Like so many others, Wead first became acquainted with Ron Paul during Paul’s 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Wead had concerns based upon his long experience about the Iraq War. That was how Ron Paul first caught his attention.
“When I saw the debate you mention in 2008, I thought I was the only person in the world who knew this or felt this way, and I hear Ron Paul start talking about this stuff, I didn’t know who he was. I said, ‘Who is this guy? How dare he talk about these things in public?”
Wead agreed with Ron Paul’s foreign policy, but not necessarily on everything else, until one by one, Ron Paul converted him to every plank of his libertarian platform.
Three years later, Wead signed on as Ron Paul’s senior campaign advisor, working behind the scenes on strategy and organization and making many media appearances on behalf of the campaign.
I had a chance to talk with Doug on Wednesday. You can watch a video of that exclusive interview above this column.
You can find out more about Doug Wead, his books and speaking schedule at DougWead.com.
Tom Mullen is the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.
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