Video: GOP presidential candidate would 'reinstate Constitution'
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday March 21, 2007
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Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a 2008 presidential hopeful, has a "dream."

The longshot contender, who ran for president in 1988 under the Libertarian Party banner and has vocally protested the war in Iraq, believes that a Paul presidency would "reinstate the Constitution and restore the Republic."

"The competition isn't all that great to claim that title here in Washington," Paul said on Fox News Channel regarding his claim to be "the leading advocate for freedom in Washington today."

Paul was featured on Fox News Live's "Because You Asked" segment, which is based on viewer's letters and emails. The letter, which, according to Fox's Bill Hemmer, was one of "hundreds" received by the network, called for "fair and balanced" coverage of Paul's campaign.

Viewer Shaun Deimler wrote Fox: "Fair and Balanced? Since Dr. Ron Paul announced his campaign for the Presidency in 2008, not one word on the news. Where are the so called fair and balanced newscasts on Fox? Not a peep."

So Fox brought on "the man himself" for an interview.

"I wanna be President because I have this dream, I'd like to reinstate the Constitution and restore the Republic," said Paul. "And I think the Republican party and all of Washington have lost their way."

Hemmer asked Paul why "sub" or "minor" candidates bothered running if they don't have a chance to win and have problems getting their message out, partially due to their problems at attracting wider media coverage.

"Well, there's something different today," Paul said, "and that's the Internet."

Paul said the Internet was where he was doing "quite well," although he believes that it's not fair that smaller candidates don't get the major network coverage that they're "entitled" to.

"You hear only one message," Paul complained, "and the message seems to be the same whether it's Republican or Democrat."

Hemmer sympathized with Paul's difficulties in receiving media exposure, and then ended the segment, which ran for less than three minutes in total.