Paul and Gingrich have “libertine” mini-debate

Moderator Frank Luntz directed this afternoon’s discussion among six GOP presidential candidates to Hollywood and changing the culture and started a give-and-take between Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. 

“The goal of government isn’t to mold society and to mold people,” Paul said, arguing the goal of government should be liberty.  “….Our values should come from our family and from our church….Our goal (through government) ought to be to preserve liberty.”   The crowd applauded.

Luntz a few moments later talked of research indicating people of faith are happier.  As Gingrich chimed in on the subject, he took a shot at Paul.  “I don’t think liberty means libertine…None of the founding fathers said that,” Gingrich said. 

Paul a few moments later shot back at Gingrich. “Liberty doesn’t mean libertine,” Paul said. “It means you have choices, but you suffer the consequences.”

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