Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has won the endorsement of a former child television celebrity, giving his flagging campaign a much needed boost.
Frank Rogers, who as a child played the role of the "Philsbury Doughboy" in television advertisements for baking products, announced his support yesterday for Paul at a baking competition in Chicago.
"I support Ron Paul's rise to power," Mr. Rogers said. "The other candidates in both political parties have some of the most half-baked ideas I've ever heard. By contrast, Paul is realistic. He says we can't have both guns and butter, and I believe him. His beliefs are a recipe for success. I think he can beat John McCain, because it's been done before. Paul can whip anybody."
As a child, Rogers was diagnosed with a severe thyroid problem which left him obese and pale-looking. He credits his grandfather for encouraging him to succeed.
"My grandfather Phil served in World War One as a soldier," Rogers recounted. "He had a lot of positive traits, and he told me that I had all the necessary ingredients to make something of myself."
Rogers was selected as the famous television mascot after entering a contest to name the newly created character.
"I suggested naming the character the 'Philsbury Doughboy' because that's what the other soldiers called my grandfather during the war," Rogers explained. "His assignment was to bury landmines."
Rogers said he often finds himself defending Paul when discussing politics with people he meets while traveling.
"I get angry when crusty old men say that Paul is flaky," Rogers complained. "I tell them that they shouldn't pan the guy until they hear his views. Sometimes the discussion ends with me telling them to stick a fork in it."