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Ron Paul: ‘Maybe there’s a concerted effort’ to quiet his policy views

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I can postulate, sometimes I challenge the status quo, Paul said.

The Texas congressman has seen a wave of renewed attention after a Bloomberg poll showed him in a four-way tie with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney among likely Iowa caucus-goers. A Public Policy Poll also found Paul among the top three Republican candidates in head-to-head match-ups with President Obama.

The good reception were getting on the campaign trail, especially by young people — Im pleased that were getting recognized, Paul said.

He also renewed criticism about the congressional supercommittee tasked with striking a budget deal, saying lawmakers dont want to admit the country is bankrupt.

From my viewpoint, theyre not really talking about cuts, theyre only talking about cutting proposed increases from the baseline, Paul said.

The only thing that keeps us going is the illusion this will last forever.

Pauls comments echoed those he made earlier Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Cato Institute in Washington. There, Paul denounced the Federal Reserve as harmful to the American economy and described proposed cuts by the supercommittee as puny.

There is no doubt the Federal Reserve is immoral, unconstitutional and a disaster. We dont need it, Paul said.