Ron Paul to make paid speeches after leaving Congress

by Catalina Camia, USA TODAY  |  published on December 14, 2012

Ron Paul

When Texas Rep. Ron Paul retires in a few weeks, he’ll follow one of the tried and true paths out of Congress to the paid speakers’ circuit.

Paul, who delivered babies before getting elected, has signed up with the Greater Talent Network, one of the top agencies that book celebrity speakers.

“At the podium, Dr. Paul delivers a candid look at the dysfunctional American political system,” reads the company’s promotional material on the former GOP presidential candidate. “Using anecdotes from his 23 years in Congress, he highlights the need for a limited government and more personal liberties.”

Paul’s message drew a passionate following on the campaign trail, especially from college students.

BuzzFeed reports Paul’s fee will be $50,000 per appearance. The website says the Texan would make more per appearance than ex-Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Jon Huntsman, one of Paul’s former rivals and an ex-Utah governor. Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger pull down six figures per speech.

The Greater Talent Network says Paul will be available after Jan. 7 — four days after the term ends for members of the 112th Congress.

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