Ron Paul to Appear on ‘The View’

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 3, 2007 5:56pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: It was a big moment for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex, and his presidential candidacy when he appeared in late October on the Tonight Show, sandwiched between Tom Cruise and the Sex Pistols.

But Paul will take his libertarian-tinged Republican ethos in another direction Tuesday, when he marches straight into the henhouse.

He’ll appear opposite Whoopi, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Kate Walsh of Gray’s Anatomy and Private Practice fame, who co hosting in the absence of Elizabeth Hasselbeck on ABC’s woman-oriented chat show ‘The View’ Tuesday.

Its unlikely that the Texas OB-Gyn has ever himself seen The View. He doesn’t watch much TV and says he has never watched a reality TV show. Paul is more knowledgeable about the Austrian School of Economics and why the United Sates Treasury should not be printing money, odd topics about which to crow on The View.

The other guest on Tuesday’s episode of The View will be Abigail Breslin, the child star.

Paul is not the first Presidential candidate to appear on the show, but he will apparently be the first Republican.

In October, Sen. Hillary Clinton kicked off a week-long "Women Changing America Tour" with an appearance on the show.

Democrat and former North Carolina Senator Edwards and his wife Elizabeth cancelled their appearance on the show in solidarity with striking Writers Guild of America union members who work for the show.

Michelle Obama, the wife of Illinois Senator and Democrat Barack Obama, backed out on a temporary co-hosting gig for the same reason.

But the strike, which is entering its second month, will not affect Republican Paul, whose campaign has struggled to attract more coverage from mainstream media outlets.

Paul has raised large amounts of money in recent months — $10.5 million since October — and has shown some movement in polls in early primary states. But his national poll numbers remain low.

"Its an audience that we need to reach," said Paul spokesman Jesse Benton of Paul’s foray into daytime TV.

"The political junkies and the people in the early four primary states know how strong Dr. Paul is running, but we need to reach the demographic that is watching the view. Affluent, middle aged women. Those are people we need to introduce to Dr. Paul," he said.

Asked about Paul’s appearance on the show, ABC Daytime spokesman Karl Nilsson said the show has had on many politicians, but would not otherwise discuss the bookings.

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