4. Free Trade
While Ron Paul has always been a rhetorical supporter of free trade, his voting record is a bit grey. While in Congress, Ron Paul opposed nearly every free trade deal that was put to a vote. His argument has been that these agreements aren’t free trade, but managed trade. While that is rhetorically sound, free trade agreements are what keep trade between nations free and preventing targeted regulations and barriers to trade. For this reason, the Cato Institute, the top libertarian think-tank in the country, supports these agreements.
Additionally, Paul’s support for the anti-trade Pat Buchanan in 1992 is a damning detail. Gov. Johnson has taken a stance opposed to Paul’s line of thinking. He has supported nearly every free trade agreement in recent memory. He has even given tentative support to the controversial TPP.