September 22nd, 2007
01:10 PM ET
6 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. alan St Louis Mo

    Tricia M Charlotteotown PEI :

    Nailed it on the head.

    This new republican party or New order
    is out of control. I hope we fix this next election or God help US.

    September 23, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  2. Sam Ft. Lauderdale Florida

    It's amazing. It's a pleasure to finally here a Presidential candidate with common sense. I never thought I would ever do this but, i'm a registered Democrat who's going register republican so I can vote for Ron Paul in the primaries. I really want to see this man become President. He's the only guy I think who can put this country in the right direction.

    September 23, 2007 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  3. grownANDsexy

    The more I hear about Ron Paul, the more I actually like him. Too bad he doesn't get as much air time as the other Republicans.

    heck, I'm a democrat and I like Ron Paul. He actually believes in something.

    September 23, 2007 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  4. Christopher, Macon, GA

    Dear GOP,

    The American public is very tired of both your and the Democratic partys' rhetoric and divisive politics. They are also tired of the Iraq war, tired of being over-taxed, and angry at the loss of their civil-liberties. They are discontent with the policy of "fear mongering" that was so key in keeping Mr. Bush and your party in power in 2004. You should have learned your lessons on these topics in the last election in 2006, but unfortunately you seem to still have an affinity for candidates that push these agendas. You will lose the 2008 races for the President and both houses of Congress unless you make drastic changes, and make them right now. You have only one candidate that the American people are showing a real interest in, Ron Paul. I don't make this assertion without fact, as you can look up online user statistics showing the the website is generating nearly as much traffic as all of your other candidates combined. Mitt Romney even recently placed an add which seems to try and distance himself from his mainstream Republican party, no doubt taking a cue from the Paul campaign's results.

    Its time to face these inevitable facts:
    Rudy will not win against any of the Democratic contenders in the general election. Nor will McCain, or Fred Thompson, or even Mitt Romney, as the American people will see and label him as a flip-flop for going against a party he was originally inline with. They want someone they can trust and believe it or not, they might still vote Republican if only you would return to the core values that were the center of your party for so many decades. Please embrace your core values, please embrace the American people, please unite us as one under a President that we can all trust, black or white, poor or rich, young or old... Ron Paul. It's the "Hail Mary" play of politics for this election, but it is the only play you've got.

    September 23, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  5. Terry, El Paso, TX

    After months of campaigning, Ron Paul has fallen from 3% to 1% in national polls. Give it up. It is not going to happen.

    September 23, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Blayze Kohime, Columbus, OH

    I cannot believe the reason for getting out of the UN has anything to do with something so benevolent. Republicans want to get out of the UN so that they won't have to follow their rules regarding crimes against humanity and won't be told not to bomb other nations based on unproven or even made-up premises.

    September 23, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Max, Austin, TX

    Not that any of you want another endorsement, but Ron Paul is the right person to lead our country. He's a running as a republican, but he's a libertarian (lower case "L") first. Please, do yourself the favor of becoming informed. Visit and read his platform: THE CONSTITUTION.

    September 23, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Joe, Florida

    I'm glad CNN is giving this guy some coverage; he still won't win. He's too old and not charismatic, like McCain. These are things that Americans look for in Presidents, get real.

    September 23, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Kurt, Arlington, TX

    Tricia M Charlotteotown wrote "The Iraq war began and continues with George W. Bush."

    Congress gave Bush authorization for war, in essence putting the blood on their own hands without making a declaration per the constitution. Democrats can defund this war with a simple majority NOW. They haven't because THEY DON'T WANT TO. Anti-UN is anti-war. The only truly anti-war candidate is a republican. Tell me I'm not the only liberal that understands this.

    September 23, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    Ron Paul has placed 1st or 2nd in 14 of 24 straw polls, has won nearly every post-debate internet poll, and both of Fox New's text-in post-debate polls. The only reason Ron might not have a chance is because the left and the right have locked up and locked in the political process. The U.S. comproller says we'll be broke in 30 years. Go ahead and elect Hillary and expedite our dollar default.

    September 23, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    William W Halifax apparently doesn't follow the news very closely : Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who would immediately and unconditionally END THE WAR and undo every single foul-up of the Bush administration and give us our freedoms back. He's a conservative libertarian running for the GOP nomination. If you agree with the idea of personal liberty, freedom and peace, Ron Paul is the man.

    September 23, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Bob Miller, Little Rock, AR

    Blayze Kohime says Ron wants out of the U.N. so we don't have to follow rules regarding crimes against humanity. You should know that as a permanent security council member with a veto, there is nothing the U.N. can do to the U.S. anyway. Ron Paul wants to get out of the U.N. because the U.S. abuses the U.N. as a apparatus for war. He opposes world government for the same reason he opposes a large federal government : because the larger the political entity, the less choices individuals have, the less democracy, the less freedom. Learn about libertarianism. If you hate Republicans because of the warmongering neocons, you'd do well to learn why the neocons hate Ron Paul.

    September 23, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Mrs. America

    If I were ever to vote Republican, Ron Paul would have my vote.

    September 23, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Andrew, NJ

    actually you are wrong. Ron Paul went from 0% to 4% in national polls.

    He has come in top 3 for almost every straw poll...and has a won a whole bunch of them.

    And I believe his fund raising for Q3 will move him further into front runner status.

    September 23, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Mickey, Milwaukee, WI

    Can you even begin to imagine the damage pulling out of the UN would have across the world? It would solidify the arrogance seen in this current administration. Why or why can't we work together with other people? Why do we think we can run the world by ourselves? Why are some so completely selfish? I fear what the next election will be, more of this type of government is sure to have an irreversable effect on our country.
    Posted By KD, Dallas, TX : September 22, 2007 8:23 pm

    The UN uses force to achieve its ends. Obviously it's not possible for nations to work together in such an institution. We can and should work together with other nations through trade and diplomacy, not by pointing guns at them.

    September 23, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Geoff, Princeton, NJ

    I think the ignorance here is hilarious. "Oh no, if we leave the UN, we won't speak to the world at all." That's ridiculous. It's not like the UN is the only way to communicate with the outside world. It's just a do-nothing, pay a lot globalization scheme which hasn't worked since the 60s. Get out!

    RON PAUL 😀

    September 23, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Angela, Charlotte, N.C.

    I support Ron Paul for President! He is a self sufficient businessman who believes that this great country should stick to the principles upon which it was founded. I am one of millions of Americans who are tired of the politicians(aka career LIARS)who have been running this country into the ground.

    And to Donovan in Hanover: Your ridiculous statement holds NO MERIT. Accusing Ron Paul of being an "anti-semite" because he thinks that Israel should fund its own economy for a change is just as ignorant as labelling all Americans "racists" if they don't choose to vote for Obama or "anti- women's rights" if they don't choose to vote for Hillary.

    September 23, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    LOL @ Joe in Florida:

    Ron Paul is too old compared to McCain, eh? Did you know that Ron Paul is a whole one year older than John McCain? My goodness Joe, it looks like Johnny boy is out of contention, too. Oh wait, he already is–Ron Paul has substantially more cash on hand than John does. Sorry, Joe, you and your ad hominem attacks can take a hike–don't forget to take John McCain with you, too.

    September 23, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Mike, Tampa, FL

    Ron Paul stands for less government and more personal accountability.

    Less government means more freedom for you and I.

    September 23, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    REPLY TO: Kurt, Arlington, TX

    Tricia M Charlotteotown wrote "The Iraq war began and continues with George W. Bush."

    Congress gave Bush authorization for war, in essence putting the blood on their own hands without making a declaration per the constitution. Democrats can defund this war with a simple majority NOW. They haven't because THEY DON'T WANT TO. Anti-UN is anti-war. The only truly anti-war candidate is a republican. Tell me I'm not the only liberal that understands this.

    In Reply to your comments, I would like to address a few issues from my perspective. Only my view as I see it of course.

    Congress was forced to give Bush authorization on the Iraq war. Bush blantantly told Congress he'd veto any attempt to do otherwise. Still Congress tried diligently to gather enough votes (60) to at least show Bush the majority of the house were against him. They couldn't, because a few Republicans wouldn't vote against Bush. Hence, the Dems were short, but by very few votes for a majority.

    Democrats can't defund this war by a simple majority. Even if they get a Majority Bush has stated he will veto any attempts on decreasing military funding! Dems most certainly DO WANT TO End the War but their hands are tied by the constant Bush strategy of VETO ING everything they've try passing to date in the Senate!

    Anti UN is not Anti War...Anti UN is Anti UN. Not all UN Nations are supporting the war. Even the majority of those who are supporting the war are against it. But out of loyalty as a UN Member and bullying by Bush, they have sent their troops in aid.

    Anti UN is Anti International Sovernity. Anti International Diplomacy. Anti peace keeping discussions and strategies on an international unified level among all Nations. Anti UN is a desire to break the bond with United Nations and have freedom of power to do as they choose and not be held to UN resolutions that aspire to world peace and equality for all Nations.

    How would you feel given the speculations currently on Iran and it's Nuclear Program if Iran pulled out of the UN? Therefore being free to do as they wish with nil restraints, sanctions, or impetiments? As a current member of the UN the world can sanction Iran which would at least be another recourse to military action and war. Ron Paul should rethink his rhetoric on pulling US out of the United Nations. As I can't think of any other reason to do so short of being Free to unleash their power upon the world. Ironically, the same reason many of the Mid East Nations dislike the UN as it warps their free reign. North Korea only joined the UN in the last decade. Does that give you any insight as to what the UN stands for on an international perspective?

    As far as your question regarding understanding you'll have to ask the Liberals yourself on that one. I don't know any personally being a Canadian.

    But I can say, that President Bush hasn't done much to give me a warm feeling about his Republican Administration or Leadership.

    All the Best,

    September 23, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Brian, Orlando, FL

    Paul has some good ideas, but leaving the UN isn't one of them. Let history be your guide.

    September 23, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Victor Gerhard, Southport, NC

    I see some Canadians are not happy with us leaving the UN. As if you pathetic weaklings, who are not even allowed to write political opinions on the internet, have any pull with this nation. Now to reply to some other comments: Nato has been sucking the US dry for 50 years; Jews are to blame for the agressive Middle East foreign policy, not Americans; the US owes the UN nothing, we have paid out far more than any other nation and have gotten nothing in return but scorn. People who fear Ron Paul fear the truth.

    September 23, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    Re: Donovan Hanover, I think youre confusing names. The lunatic, anti-semite is Mitt Romney.

    The Constitutionalist who supports world peace, free trade, liberty, smaller government, and sound economic policy is RON PAUL.

    Say it with me: RON PAUL!

    September 23, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Kurt, Arlington, TX

    Thanks for the great, thoughtful response Tricia M Charlotteotown.

    If we don't trust our own government to keep its greedy, belligerent hands out of others' affairs, why should we trust this supernational layer of government, the UN, to be somehow benevolent.

    The assumption that dissociating with the UN is equivalent to dissociating with international diplomacy is a non sequitur.

    Paul's voting record and decades-long unflinching pursuit of peaceful foreign interaction is unassailable. UN politics is largely a power grab among competing dictatorships. US compliance to its resolutions since the Korean War has only lubricated violence throughout the 20th century.

    September 23, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Fightin' side of me, NC

    I love reading all the rants by all these liberal Canucks...maybe when your country becomes RELEVANT to the world community we will pay attention to what you say.

    I bet less than 10% of Americans know who the Canadian PM is. It's not because we forget, it's because we don't care. A hockey team from Canada can't even win the Stanley Cup for Christ's sake.

    Trust one from the U.S. cares to meddle in Canadian politics, so why don't you extend us the same courtesy and STFU.

    If I want to dodge the draft or buy some Maple syrup I'll listen to a Canuck...but when it comes to world affairs I'll listen to those who matter.

    September 23, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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