Great question. Ron Paul is a principled work horse for his constituents. I'm not sure Ron Paul has ever read a poll in his life and for that he intrigues me. Mr. Paul has made clear his intentions prior to every vote and then votes exactly as he said he would. He is a known quantity for those who elected him repeatedly over the years. It is for all these reasons that I admire him greatly. However, (you knew that was coming) it is for these very same reason I could not vote for him for the White House.
Ron Paul's ideas on America's place in the world scares the hell out of me. Not that I am a war monger who thinks we should put our nose into every squabble around the planet, I do think we have a very real national interest in having a presence in certain areas where staples to our national defense and national life are produced. Yes I mean OIL. But I also mean commerce.
Ron Paul has to be taken at his word that he would close just about every base open outside of the country. He has to be taken at his word that he would tell many of our allies they are on their own unless all hell breaks lose. To me that in itself would become a destabilizing force.
I love Ron Paul on domestic issue, I really do. I think people make their way much better when they have little choice but to make their own way. It is when people rise to the occasion.
Like I said, Ron Paul is a man of his word (admittedly, one of the very few I can think of in Washington these days) and for that reason alone, it is unfortunate that I could not vote for him for any higher an office that he currently holds. (But I would push for him on the Supreme Court in a heartbeat!)
I hope this wasn't too disappointing for you... He's a good man.