Ron Paul, GOP representative from Texas, physician and dogged presidential candidate, outlined his vision Wednesday to the Congressional Health Care Caucus, the same group that hosted rival Herman Cain two weeks ago. The CHCC, open only to Republican House members and staff, is likely to be the friendliest audience Paul will find for ideas grounded in the his strong libertarian convictions.
Paul has seen his prospects in the battleground state of Iowa pick up recently. A Bloomberg News poll out Tuesday had Paul in second place behind Cain, with 19 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters. The poll was conducted Nov. 10-12, and accounting for the margin of error, Paul, Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were in a virtual tie.