RuPaul: ‘I’m a one-issue candidate — love, baby!’

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, January 9, 2012 9:48 EDT
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RuPaul and Rep. Ron Paul (Images courtesy of Logo Television and Victory NH: Protect Our Primary)
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RuPaul loves his fans, but he has a message for them: he is not running for President. And to underscore that point, he headed up to New Hampshire this weekend to talk to voters at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, a perennial Presidential campaign stop.

Confused? According to Yahoo News’ Chris Moody, so were a few Granite State residents when treated to RuPaul’s speech explaining that he wasn’t Ron Paul and he wasn’t running for President. He talked to Raw Story after the event.

Inspired by a mutilated 2008 Ron Paul For President sign gone viral again this election cycle, RuPaul thought he ought to settle things. “This started in 2008,” he told Raw Story, “but now it’s time to set the record straight. I don’t want there to be any confusion.”

“I’m not really a political person by nature,” he added, “though stepping out of the house in six inch heels and a wig is a political statement of sorts.” In that, however, he sees common cause with the Founding Fathers: “This country was founded by a bunch of men in wigs,” a line he echoed during his New Hampshire stump speech.

Though RuPaul had “passed through” New Hampshire before, his time in Manchester was his first real stop in the state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” He pronounced it “wonderful,” and said he’d had a “great time” meeting friends and voters alike. He told them all that they had “better vote” in the November elections, if not the primaries.

As for the reported similarities with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), first outlined by the New York Times in 2008, RuPaul wasn’t sure he saw many. “Most politicians don’t really have a great sense of humor,” he said, though he declined to comment directly on Paul’s appearance in Bruno or what it says about Paul’s sense of humor.

But like politicians, RuPaul does stand for something. “I’m a one issue candidate,” he told Raw Story. “Love, baby.”

Coincidentally, the fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premieres January 30, 2012 on Logo.

[RuPaul image courtesy of Logo. Ron Paul image via VictoryNH: Protect Our Primary on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed.]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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