September 22nd, 2007
01:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul: Time for U.S. to leave U.N.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

(CNN)–Saying "I'm a believer in trade," Rep. Ron Paul says the World Trade Organization, is threatening the sovereignty of the United States.

"The WTO has now been able to come to our Congress and dictate to us, we as a Congress, and as a party has endorsed the idea that we should raise taxes on certain corporations at the directive of the W.T.O in order to satisfy and be upstanding members of the W.T.O.," The GOP presidential hopeful said Saturday. "We should never raise taxes period, but certainly because the W.T.O. tells us to do so."

Paul said the W.T.O., and other organizations that support free trade are an outgrowth of the United Nations. As a result, "I support this notion of protecting sovereignty by getting out of the United Nations," he said. The Texas Congressman said he has sponsored legislation calling for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations since he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paul made his comments before a weekend retreat for Michigan Republicans on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Most of his fellow rivals for the GOP nomination were also scheduled to address the group as well.

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford


Filed under: Race to '08 • Ron Paul
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Manuel, woodbridge, VA

    Ron Paul: The voice of reason.

    I do not wish to have my country be subjected to rules and regulations from an "international" political body. I am supporting Ron Paul in his quest for the Presidency.

    September 22, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    While I think Ron Paul is great for sticking it to the other Republicans, his ideas can be a bit over the edge sometimes.

    September 22, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. William W Halifax N.S.

    Another Texan Crackpot!

    Get out of the United Nations. IMAGINE!
    What is this nincompoop drinking?
    No doubt the United Nations might thank him, take their troops and return home to their families!
    Fight your own war on your own Ronie Boy! What an insult and a Disgrace!

    Do the Republicans have anybody with intelligence and common sense? Oh, what a silly question.

    September 22, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. VanReuter NY NY

    For a ten dollar contribution, you get an official Ron Paul tin-foil hat.

    September 22, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. lynn, Vancouver, Canada

    Just another example of some Americans who believe that the rest of the world is there to serve at their pleasure. Typical "if you won't play by my rules, I will take my ball and go home". Sure did work with the invasion and occupation of Iraq? So ready to criticize when you don't have your own country in order, make the world unsafer and don't follow by the rules anyway.

    September 22, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Ben, Chicago IL

    Right off the bat CNN screws up the story. Paul has never said free trade threatens sovereignty; but he has said organizations that claim to promote free trade do. As for William from Halifax, you apprarently never went to high school. If you had you would have learned one of the reasons our country fought for its independence was no taxation without representation, and the UN and its related organizations often impose some cost on the US without any real say from the countries affected.

    September 22, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Jairon, Kent OH

    Ron has never voted to raise taxes.
    Ron has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    Ron has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    Ron voted against the Patriot Act.
    Ron votes against regulating the Internet.
    Ron voted against the Iraq war.
    Ron voted against NAFTA and CAFTA.
    Ron votes against the United Nations.
    Ron votes against the welfare state.
    Ron votes against reinstating a military draft.
    Ron votes for conservative principles.
    Ron votes to cut government spending.
    Ron votes to lower healthcare costs.
    Ron votes to end the war on drugs.
    Ron votes to preserve civil liberties.
    Ron votes to secure our borders with real immigration reform.
    Ron votes to eliminate tax funded abortions and to overturn Roe v Wade.
    Ron votes to protect religious freedom.

    Ron Paul 08

    September 22, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Tu madre , Jacksonville Florida (DUVAL)

    William W Halifax YOUR AN IDIOT. Ron Paul is the only presidential canidate who actually follows the constitution. Remember that document? Its the only reason we are the greatest country in the world and all the other chumps (presidential hopefulls) have there own neo con agenda

    September 22, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. jared, utah

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that sees through the UN. And while reading Mr. Christian's comment about Ron Paul being "a bit over the edge sometimes" I really think he's the ONLY republican that will actually do something to get the United States on the right track. Hillary is just a socialist who has no business running for president. Ron Paul is 100% CONSTITUTION. AND IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT IMPORTANT DOCUMENT YOU'LL REALIZE THAT THE UN IS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF IT.

    September 22, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Carlos Nevarez/ Dorado, Puerto Rico, USA

    Mr. Paul does have a valid point. During its beginning, the United Nations had played a key role through out the international community. Yet as the years passed on, the U.N has become more of a burden than a problem solver. I ask the citizens of this great Republic to consider this for just a moment.. The problems that are thrown at the U.N in order for them to solve them hasn't been solved as of yet. Look at those Coalitions that are being ran through out Africa. They don't even have the authority to assist the weak and poor when they're attacked. So the Military arm of the U.N is by far extremely obsolete and over due for a major overhaul. The issue with Iran..It isn't getting no where really. They're impervious to those sactions the U.N keeps throwing at them. What can they really hope to solve...? Give me one major accomplishment and when I mean by major, I mean life changing. Give me that ONE accomplishment, then I MIGHT reconsider.

    September 22, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Alex, Los Angeles CA

    To William W Halifax:

    Discussion of World issues can continue without the UN. International Peace can be achieved through trade without the UN or the WTO. I have imagined what it would be like to get out of the UN, have you?

    Please think about where Ron Paul is coming from before you result to name calling.

    September 22, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. DT Wisconsin

    Get out of an organization that passes nearly 20 resolutions over 10 years condemning Saddam's regime and threatening the use of force if he didn't comply with its weapons inspectors, and then freaks out when the US actually cashes in on their empty threats? Nonsense.

    Get out of an organization whose members turned a blind eye to Saddam taking oil profits, rather than providing for his people, as was supposedly intended? That's absurd.

    Get out of an organization in which permanent security council members dealt with Saddam and discouraged his ousting, leading many naive Americans into thinking they were for peace and that the mass murderer-ousting US was the force of evil in the world? Insanity.

    Get out of an organization that has done absolutely nothing of substance to thwart the threat of world-wide terrorism? Get out of an organization that thinks it has a say over whether the US can use its military? Get out of an organization which stands for a member promising the erasing of a people and nation?

    The UN has been out of touch, corrupt, and impotent for years. Bravo, Mr. Paul.

    September 22, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. David, Encinitas, CA

    Ron Paul obviously does not "get it". His criticism of the UN and WTO is just the same far-right kvetching about how American corporations are so oppressed by taxes. Give me a break. The issue is with the US tax code and the lack of transparency in how much companies really pay. The ostensible ultra-high US corporate tax is totally offset by all of the breaks and loopholes in our tax code, which is why Congress supported the WTO position. We do it to ourselves! By pointing the finger at the WTO and the UN, RP is just misdirecting the discussion from the real problem. Another knee-jerk conservative oversimplifying what is a truly a complex issue for short-term political gain.

    September 22, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How about the UN leaving the US?

    September 22, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Ben, Chicago IL

    Thank you for the correction in the first paragraph.

    September 22, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Mike, Toledo, OH

    Ron Paul does "get it." His criticisms of the UN, WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, and Kyoto treaty are right on the money. No one will go after the unfair US tax code and lack of transparancy like Ron will. He is beholden to no party, or international organization. He is only beholden to the American People. God Bless Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Adam, St. John's

    Mr. Paul does have some good points to his credit. But the United States, one the founding members of the UN, removing itself for political reasons is stupid, arrogant, and dangerous. Now, more than ever, the US needs to work with the world as a whole, and not just those who agree with it.

    Admittedly, the UN has fallen a bit from it's original purpose of stopping Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan, and even so from the Lester Pearson's noble idea of peacekeeping. But the UN can be changed for the better, but it will take an effort. An effort from the US, China, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, etc.

    Ron Paul, your bad for America, and bad for the world. Thank god you have no chance at winning the presidency, otherwise I would fear January 2009.

    September 22, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Ron Paul Supporter, Idaho

    Amen! Ron Paul 2008!

    September 22, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Cody

    Go Dr.Paul!

    September 22, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. William W Halifax N.S.

    Well let Ron Paul pull the US out of the United Nations. Do you think the United Nations care? Why would they care?

    Because they won't have to put up with the ridiculous scanctions imposed by the US on Free Trade? ie: Canadian Lumber, Potato Tariffs, et al

    Because they won't have to support US Wars initiated on lies by sending their troops in aid?

    Because they won't have to deal with the American Oil Mongers?

    Because they won't have to deal with the US trying to take over the North?

    Because they won't have to deal the US Almighty Dollar hijacking economics internationally? NOTE: US DOLLAR LOWEST IT'S EVER BEEN – NOW EQUAL TO CANADIAN DOLLAR FIRST TIME SINCE 1974!

    Take your American Super Power Idealogy of taking over countries for the sole purpose of OIL PROFITS under the guise of creating Democracies in Nations who want nothing to do with it IE: IRAQ Then go play wack the weakest link on your own!

    Do you think any Nato Nation will GIVE A RAT'S A** Think AGain. It would be safe to say, the world is tired of the US asinine Domination of the world under the pretext of Democracy. And especially by the asinine Leader in power currently.

    The US has never been and never will be concerned with anything other than SUPREME POWER over the entire human race and kissing up to OIL MAGNATES to achieve the same.

    The other members of the United Nations are for Peace not war. They are for discussing not dictating. And they all see the US for what it is not what it claims to be. George W. Bush turned the world into Chaos with no plan for reversal not the UN.

    The Decider got you where you are today and you put him there, not the UN. And I won't be surprised if Americans vote another just like him to the White House. Power and Dollars versus Humanity and Peace seems to be the American Constitution.

    September 22, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Ron Paul is another idiot from Texas! His “mountain man” mentality and isolationist views are not what we need. Libertarians scare me. We need to work with the world community-not against it. If people like RP had their way it seems we would all be living in isolated little villages with little contact with the outside world and self-sufficient in an impoverished sort of way. That’s not modern America! We need a President with a sophisticated world view and who wants to work with other countries-not against them. He is a lot like Bush. The only thing I agree with him on is getting out of Iraq-Now.

    September 22, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. heather, chicago IL

    Ron Paul, 2008! I'm on my way to the rally in Chicago this afternoon. Dr. Paul is standing up for AMERICAN interests and the AMERICAN people. You can't help the rest of the world if you can't even take care of your own home first, right? The US is overstretched, being used and abused by globalist organizations and corporations, and wayyyy off-course. Lets get our things back in order before we talk about sending our military all over the world to enforce UN resolutions.

    September 22, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Robert, Cleveland, OH

    To Ben, Chicago IL and other people who keep posting comments started "CNN screw up again", "why are you posting this (or that) crap" etc each time they disagree with publication (and they always are) – DON'T READ CNN WEBSITE! If I despise Fox News – I DON'T WATCH them; from you guys I'm getting an im,pression that you open cnn.com only to say "ha, again", to enjoy feeling insulted, and to insult others.

    September 22, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Heidi

    Who does William W Halifax N.S think pays for the U.N?

    Mainly the U.S.

    If we pull out, I don't think it will be around long, which is fine with me.

    Maybe Canada will pay for it?

    Why is William W Halifax N.S sticking his nose in anyway?

    September 22, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Shorebreak, Indy, Indiana

    Fact: The united Nations was built on land donated by the Rockefeller family.

    Fact: David Rockefeller wrote in his 2002 autobiography "Memoirs" that his family has dedicated themselves to eliminating US sovereignty in favor of a globalist system.

    Fact: The presence of the UN on US territory is the result of private financial interests whose goal is to gain dominance over individual nations, as they already achieved with the European Union.

    Fact: Ron Paul is the only Presidential candidate whose voting record is 100% consistent with the foundation of US law established in the US Constitution.

    Fact: The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all rights are granted, so long as they are in compliance with the goals of the United Nations. In other words, the UN organization is pre-eminant while the individual is subservient. It is the antithesis of the US Constitution.

    Fact: Any person who values individual liberty yet who supports the UN has lost their philisophical grounding due to media mischaracterizations and omissions regarding the founding and functions of the UN. For example, if you are not aware of UN Agenda 21 (possibly the largest UN program) you are entirely unaware of the true nature of UN activity.

    Fact: Voting for a candidate who suppoorts the UN is voting for a candidate who supports the elimination of US sovereignty – thereby eliminating the individual liberty that is protected by he US Constitution.

    My message will be attacked by the uneducated or by those who wish to denigrate the truth, but those who take advantage of their remaining freedom on the internet can find the truth.

    September 22, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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