Arlo backs Paul

Wednesday, January 30
Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie yesterday issued a statement backing the presidential candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

"I love this guy," said Guthrie in the statement. "Dr. Paul is the only candidate who would have signed the Constitution of the United States had he been there.

"I'm with him because he seems to be the only candidate who actually believes it has as much relevance today as it did a couple of hundred years ago."

Paul is the only Republican candidate who has endorsed an immediate withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq. He has also pledged to reduce the federal budget to its bare bones. He is opposed to free trade agreements, supports the anti-abortion movement and believes in the right to keep and bear arms.

Paul also supports securing the nation's borders from illegal immigrants and also favors improved funding for veterans' services.

At this point, Paul is viewed as a longshot Republican candidate. His supporters have been especially active in Maine, which holds a three-day caucus this weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

With caucus activity very light on Sunday, the state is expected to announce its results Saturday evening, according to state Republican organizers.

Paul, a 10-time Congressman, is a obstetrician-gynecologist and former Air Force flight surgeon. About 20 years ago, he ran for president as a member of the Libertarian Party.

Guthrie is one of Paul's higher-profile supporters, along with New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and pro-life activist Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, the famous Supreme Court abortion case.

Guthrie, a longtime resident of the Town of Washington, is best known for his anti-war anthem, "Alice's Restaurant" and several other hits.


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