While much of the early Republican primary season has focused on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the heavyweight candidates may need to keep an eye on Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).
Paul, who is well known for his Libertarian beliefs, won a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference, garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote, reports Fox News.
Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Paul rejected a statement from host Matt Lauer that contended his ideas were not mainstream.
“I want to legalize freedom. What’s so bad about that?” Paul responded to a question regarding his stance on the legalization of heroin. “What’s wrong with legalizing the Constitution.”
Paul may have won the straw poll at the conference but he is in fourth place in the latest Gallup poll, with 7 percent. Romney leads the way in this figuring with 24 percent, ahead of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with 16 percent.