Ron Paul has at least one celebrity firmly in his camp.
On Thursday, Grammy award-winning musician Barry Manilow told The Daily Caller that he agrees with just about everything the 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul says, calling him a solid contender for the nation's highest office.
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I like him. I like what he says, I do. I like what he says. I think he's solid, Manilow said, also confirmed in an interview at the Capitol on Thursday that he contributed to Paul's last presidential campaign. I agree with just about everything he says. What can I tell you?
Manilow was on Capitol Hill speaking at a briefing on atrial fibrillation, or AFib, a heart disease that affects over 2.5 million Americans. Manilow, who has fought the disease for the past 15 years, urged lawmakers to support HR 295, a bill that would advance research and education on the disease.
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The public needs to know -- they need to know as much about atrial fibrillation as they do about cancer and diabetes, Manilow told TheDC. Atrial fibrillation has been the low man on the totem pole and so we're just trying to get more visibility about this particular disease and how dangerous this could be.
Paul stirred up a little controversy last week when he wrote a blog coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. In the blogpost, titled, Ask the right questions and face the truth, the congressman says the motivation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was not a Muslim attack on the way life is lived in the West, but rather because the United States is forcibly occupying foreign countries.
We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there? Paul asked. If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases and armed soldiers present in our hometowns, you might begin to understand why foreign occupation upsets people so much, Paul wrote.
At Monday night's CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida, GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum was having none of it; forcing Paul to answer for himself a day after the 10th nniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The former Pennsylvania senator questioned Paul's post, calling it irresponsible, and saying: We were not attacked because of our actions. They want to kill us for who we are and what we stand for.
Paul categorically disagreed saying those sentiments keeps us in danger, and would, for as long as we believe them. Some in the audiences applauded, others booed.