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Nicknamed "Dr. No" for his beliefs that legislation beyond the U.S. Constitution is wrong, the most controversial Ron Paul quotes go well beyond his desire for a smaller government into highly debated topics like racism, foreign policy and equal rights.

Like many other presidential hopefuls such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, Paul has been caught more than once giving controversial quotes. Perhaps most notably, the most controversial Ron Paul quotes came from his series of newsletters in the 1980s and 1990s. Though reportedly ghostwritten, the published letters provided plenty of fodder for those who claim Paul is a bigot against African Americans, gays and Martin Luther King.
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Osama Bin Laden Was Our Good Friend

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"Osama Bin Laden was our good friend because he was a freedom fighter in Afghanistan and we gave him our weapons and supported him."

Speaking in 1999, well before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the congressman expressed his disagreement with military intervention in any case by noting that Osama Bin Laden, who we'd later learn was the leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, was "out good friend." Though the quote taken out of context make it sound like he's praising Bin Laden, Paul went on to state "But then we found out he was not quite so friendly, so we captured a few of his men and he retaliated by bombing our embassies. Of course, we retaliated by bombing innocent chemical plants as well as people in Afghanistan that had nothing to do with it."
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Let's Get Rid of All the Drug Laws

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"You want to get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let's just get rid of all the drug laws."

Similar to when he suggested that heroin and prostitution should be legal, Ron Paul argued at the June 2011 GOP debate in New Hampshire that the solution to ending drug crime is to legalize all drugs. While he has a point that without laws against illegal drugs, no one can be charged with drug crimes, effectively lowering the crime rate to zero, he fails to mention if the actions related to those crimes would still occur.
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We Can Thank [Martin Luther King] for Our Annual Hate Whitey Day.

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"Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day."

Though he's described himself as "anti-racist," another controversial Ron Paul quote came from his infamous newsletters, this time, talking about Martin Luther King. In addition to accusing the civil rights leader of being a "world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage girls and boys" and "made a pass at" Ralph Abernathy, the newsletters criticized President Reagan for allowing King to receive a national holiday. On the record, Paul has gone as far as to tell CNN about his plans for fundraising events on Martin Luther King Day to show his disapproval of the holiday.
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[When Blacks Went] to Pick Up Their Welfare Checks

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[Order was restored to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots when blacks went] "to pick up their welfare checks."

"The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day -- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to 'fight the power,' to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible."

Though not specifically attributed to Ron Paul, back in the 1980s and 1990s a series of newsletters circulated in Paul's name, including one with seemingly racist comments about African Americans. Paul later stated that he was not a racist person and had never seen the comments in the newsletters, even going as far as stating "Libertarians are incapable of being a racist, because racism is a collectivist idea." The quotes however remain associated with his name.
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I Bet Nobody Would [Use Heroin]

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Chris Wallace: "Senator, are you suggesting that heroin and prostitution are an exercise of liberty?"
Paul: "Well you know, I probably never used those words. You put those words some place. But, yes, in essence, if I leave it to the states, it's going to be up to the states. Up until this past century, you know for 100 years, they were legal. What you're inferring is 'you know what? If we legalize heroin tomorrow, everybody is going to use heroin.' How many people here would use heroin if it was legal? I bet nobody would."

Answering a question at the GOP primary debate in May 2011, Ron Paul expressed his views on leaving matters up to the states, rather than the federal government, by nearly stating that he'd allow the legalization of heroin and prostitution. In addition to backing up his views of a smaller government, Paul insisted that just because something is legal, such as heroin, it would not be popular. Quite the interesting tactic, to appeal to the heroin addicts and prostitutes of America, but effective.
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The Government Shouldn't Be in the Medical Business

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"Here we are once again. Swine flu coming up and everybody's panicking. It's practically like we've been attacked by nuclear weapons. I mean, press conferences on the weekend! And how did the Department of Homeland Security get into the medical business?"

Speaking in a released speech in response to the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009, Ron Paul went on and on about how the government should stay out of all health care matters, especially the Department of Homeland Security. Paul continued on to note that because of government intervention in health care for over 30 years, the system has deteriorated and costs have skyrocketed. You're welcome to your opinion Mr. Paul but survey says that all those who voted for the health care reform bill passed in 2010 would disagree completely.
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How About Getting Rid of the Department of Education and Department of Agriculture?

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"How about getting rid of the Department of Education and Department of Agriculture. Just go down the list. Get rid of it. Cut the budget in half. Everything that's not constitutional. That's a good place to start."

Providing unique ideas on how to balance the budget, Ron Paul suggested to the "Morning Joe" program that the Department of Education and Department of Agriculture were both unconstitutional and unnecessary. According to Paul, we should eliminate the groups that help our children learn and make sure the food we eat is safe. Oh dear.
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Homosexuals [should hide]

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"Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities."

In another gem from his series of newsletters that he swears he didn't write, Paul states that the world would be much better for homosexuals and those who have to see their "activities" if the gays would simply hide. While he's denied responsibility for these words, Paul has supported the controversial don't ask, don't tell policy which bans openly gay persons in the United States military. Actions speak louder than words Senator.