Every president has a model that inspires them. Bill Clinton had JFK. President Obama cites Mahatma Gandhi. As for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul? Well, we have to go back 114 years and to a Democrat for his inspiration.
"Oh, Grover Cleveland," Paul chirps when asked for his presidential model. "He endorsed the foreign policy of non-intervention, he was a gold standard person. He loved the veto. He just thought government was too big," Paul says of the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms, in 1885-1889 and 1893-1897." [Vote: Who is your pick for the GOP nomination?]
But he has no use for any president of the 20th Century, and doesn't even mention GOP giants like Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, or Ronald Reagan. "I can't find a president, ah, unless I'm missing, no, ah, I'm not too happy with the presidents we've had in our lifetime," says Paul.
Despite that and his libertarian leanings, though, Paul says that he's never been so comfortable in the GOP.