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• “Congress has a responsibility to protect the value of the currency and that means that we have the moral and the legal authority to put checks on the Federal Reserve system.”

• “The best way to get people to act more like us if we’re doing a good job, is for us to have a sound economy, a sound dollar, treat people decently, have a foreign policy that makes common sense, treat people like we want to be treated.”

And this simple question: “Would you consider opting out of the whole system under one condition? You pay 10 percent of your income, but you take care of yourself, don’t ask the government for anything.”

Simple, pure, American. Unfortunately, as Mr. Trump said, Mr. Paul is unelectable. Not just because he’s 75 and doesn’t look anything like the presidents of the past 60 years, but because for all his brilliant ideas, he’s still a man without a party.

So a note to all those Republican candidates out there: To win this year, co-opt Mr. Paul’s ideas and run on them. And that points most to one ticket: Palin-Rubio. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a hard core tea partyer and has solid support from the conservative base. Mr. Rubio crushed the Republican-In-Name-Only Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and, as a state lawmaker, pushed an overhaul of the tax system.

Neither Mrs. Palin nor Mr. Rubio would be moving far from their philosophies to incorporate Mr. Paul’s fundamentals. They’d lock down the GOP base, the tea party (and it wouldn’t hurt to have a Hispanic, popular in Florida, on the ticket).

So keep a sharp eye out for the Paul Candidate. Sure, Mr. Paul himself will be back, pitching his own ideas, but the electable candidate who taps into those ideas, resonating across the country, will be the one who wins the nomination.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jcurl@washingtontimes.com.