Well, there's essentialy no doubt that he is very much the latter, but despite more than a couple of his associations having undeniably bigoted agendas, I'd have to say that the man seems quite a bit more open minded that all that.
The following NYTimes' write up provides quite a bit of background information on the trailing Republican president candidate. While reading it, I was actually surprised to find that I'd read some of this stuff about his life in years past. Most likely I'd forgotten it because, while I completely agree with his take that We Have Drifted From Our U.S. Constitution in A LOT of ways, I am decidedly far more Liberal than Libertarian. I believe it IS the Federal Government's job to protect the Health and Welfare of its people and that our society has evolved to the point where the only Possible way to do so is via a Single Payer, Government coordinated Health Care system. Where ever else Paul and I do certainly agree and disagree, that issue is perhaps the main reason he will not be getting my vote in '08.
At any rate, big-time thanks to The Culture Ghost for linking to this article. If you're wondering who Ron Paul is, give it a read and you'll have a much better idea of whether or not he's a candidate you could get behind.
Whatever (Ron Paul's) campaign purports to be about, the main thing it has done thus far is to serve as a clearinghouse for voters who feel unrepresented by mainstream Republicans and Democrats. The antigovernment activists of the right and the antiwar activists of the left have many differences, maybe irreconcilable ones. But they have a lot of common beliefs too, and their numbers — and anger — are of a considerable magnitude. Ron Paul will not be the next president of the United States. But his candidacy gives us a good hint about the country the next president is going to have to knit back together.
[At least his premise is Sound]