Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has become the first presidential candidate to accept bitcoin donations. Recently announcing his candidacy for the 2016 election, the choice was an obvious one for Paul, a staunch libertarian.
He believes the government should take more of a “hands off” approach when it comes to managing the country’s money supply. Passionate Bitcoiners have long argued that government control has driven inflation and devalued the dollar.
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In 2013, he was strongly opposed to a government bailout of bankrupt Detroit, saying “I basically say he is bailing them out over my dead body because we don’t have any money in Washington.”
Paul is currently a member of the Senate and has been in office since 2011. He is considered part of the “Tea Party Movement” and has been a vocal critic of NSA surveillance. On other non-fiscal matters, he does have some more interventionist positions. He is considered less “non-interventionist” than his father, Ron Paul, when it comes to war-related issues, and considers himself “100% pro-life” on abortion matters.
His website also accepts credit card and PayPal donations.