Ron Paul: Santorum is 'very liberal'
January 2nd, 2012
01:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul: Santorum is 'very liberal'

(CNN) - Ron Paul dinged rival Rick Santorum Monday for being a "very liberal" candidate, saying the former Pennsylvania senator and staunch social conservative voted for too much spending during his time in Congress.

Speaking to CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash before a campaign event with his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the White House hopeful said his rival had taken positions counter to true conservative ideas.

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"I mean, have you looked at his record? Go look at his record," Paul said.

He continued: "He spends too much money. He wasn't leading the charge to slash the budgets and vote against big government."

Rand Paul added that Santorum's vote history proved he wasn't a true conservative.

"He voted to double the size of the Department of Education," Rand Paul said. "He voted to expand Medicare and add free drugs for senior citizens and he has voted for foreign aid. Those are not conservative principles. Seventy-seven percent of the American people are opposed to foreign aid and Rick Santorum has voted for it every time it's come down."

Paul also spoke in some of the strongest terms to date about the potential of a third-party bid should he fail to secure the GOP nomination.

"I have no plans in doing that," Paul said. "Tomorrow is a big day. We'll see what happens but I have no intention of doing that, no plans and no desire."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rand Paul • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. deedeemao

    RuPaul is a nut job calling anyone a Liberal when he shares an anti-military, "Blame-America-First" 9-11-was-America's-Fault, Truther conspiracy anti-American far Left view of foriegn affairs with the likes of Micheal Moore and Sean Penn.

    What will he do nextm embrace Hugo Chavez? that would make him AT LEAST as Liberal as the president he want's to see remain in office.

    January 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. NC

    You people all need help if you think Ron Paul is a kook. Go live in North Korea and then come back and cast your vote. Otherwise, stay out of politics. Not being out of the country does not qualify your vote. Welcome to REAL world with REAL values. Ron Paul is the only one with REAL SOLUTIONS to REAL problems. Grow up or get more of Obama every 4 years. Vote RON PAUL to restore America NOW!!!!

    January 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. commonlogic

    Diridi: You make it easy to deride you diridi. By not following conservative principles, the GOP has contributed to this "mess"; no doubt. However, the main cause of the financial meltdown go back to the CRA and Fannie and Freddie, all Democrat babies. Also, don't forget that it was almost 2 years after the democrats took control of Congress when the meltdown occurred. The correct share of blame would be 60% democrat and 40% republican. I suppose Obama, who has only made the "mess" much worse, is your man?

    January 2, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Concerned Citizen

    Ron Paul: More dangerous than BO.

    January 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Franklin Peterson

    is it just me or does he look like he's about to keel over any second. he really seems to need some rest.

    January 2, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Sailordude

    CNN just repeated exactly what Ron Paul said about not going 3rd party last week. They make it sound like it's breaking news. He's not going 3rd party because his son is now in politics.

    January 2, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. freeman

    @TheAmerican
    "..more intelligent Democrats..." This is an oxymoron. Unless you mean the big government socialists who populate the current democrat ranks.

    January 2, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. JimAR

    Can a guy who thinks its OK for Iran to have nuclear weapons but WWII was none of our business call anyone else names? On the other hand, is it possible to be a liberal and a crazy religious nut job at the same time?

    January 2, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. JimAR

    Can we get some serious candidates in here sometime soon?

    January 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Roger

    I though both parties caused this.

    January 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. SumItUp

    Rick Santorum has 2 stances. He hates gays and Muslims. He has zero chance of winning. Thank you drive through.

    January 2, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Vader

    Why is Paul so hot and bothered about Santorum. Tricky Ricky has a snowball's chance in h*ll of being elected to anything, so its seems to me more of a thin-skinned response by Paul to Santorum's latest attacks.

    January 2, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Keith

    The GOP is really dismal. All the centrist voters are standing in disbelief at how the GOP candidates keep trying to prove how much more right wing extremist they are than the other guy. They've got President Obama standing as a fairly moderate candidate, and a collection of GOP candidates all trying to prove how far away from the center they can be.

    January 2, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. SanataFeSteve

    Hopefully we will be rid of both of them soon. What a bunch of losers.

    January 2, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Scared

    What the heck is wrong with you liberals? Why is it you think the its good for the government to give out welfare? Its our money!!!! They are stealing it from people that earn it and give it to people that don't. There is no option for charity. Department of Education has to be the stupidest idea ever. In fact, you can make a positive correlation to the decline of science and math education to the installing of nationalized education. It is a local issue!!!! Not FEDERAL!! why the heck do you want bureaucrats that are as corrupt as they come to decide where and what your kids are going to learn?? Some of you liberal minded people need to wake the heck up. The government doesn't create wealth. They don't make products. They steal money from productive resources and prop up unproductive programs, including war.

    January 2, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Rob Ross

    for those of you disagreeing with Ron Paul on his assertions that he is very Liberal. Well Look at your hero puppett Obama. He is pretty much the same. the only difference between the two really are Obama doesnt come out and say bomb iran. His policies are pretty much right in line with what the Santorum Regime would look like. Big govt and war propaganda, as a matter of fact every candidate including the pres has the exact same platform. Ron Paul is the only candidate who even talks about the issues because the rest of them are all lock step behind the military industrial complex and a mega banking cartels. Obama just eviscerated the bill of rights for f–ks sake with this indefinite detention bill.

    January 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Jim Loomis

    Isn't it interesting that any and all reporting of statements Paul has made, today, yesterday, or in the past ... no matter how wacky ... is an attempt by the media to "get" him. Folks, he really SAID those things! If you or I say something, we have to live with the consequences. How is it that Ron Paul can say something nutty and it's the media's fault??

    January 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Hmmmm

    Didn't Santorum bring home his dead fetus to allow his family and children sing and take pictures with the dead fetus?-look it up folks.

    January 2, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. up1652

    Neither Santorum nor Paul is going to win the nomination anyway so the issue is moot. National polls indicate it will be Romney but it's fun watching the havoc being generated in the GOP.

    January 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. LADY CON

    Hopefully Rand will be able to dissuade his father from a 3rd party run – it would clinch the election for Obama

    January 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    While I don't agree with everything that Paul says, Santorum's record spending and record earmarks are a fact. Santorum's voting record and his voting record don't match up.I hope the fine people of Iowa check out Santrum before they vote tomorrow, don't be fooled by his lies.

    January 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. DumbasRocks [R]s

    skarphace says: "Ron Paul does not want to end regulations, he just feels that regulation should be handled on the State level, not the Federal level. The states already take care of it on a local level, so why do we even need the EPA? All it does is add an unneeded level of bureaucracy and therefore costs the taxpayers money."

    Why, thank you for highliting why R Paul is a short-sighted looney, and why his supporters are unthinking nutjobs.

    First, the states do NOT already handle all environmental regulation at the local level. There are regional and national environmental issues too big, and solutions too complicated, for the individual states. That is why we need th EPA. Your logic and facts are FALSE, so not surprising that your conclusions are garbage - Grabage in, Garbage out. In fact, that should be Paul's campaign slogan!

    Second, Paul is the ultimate corporatist, with his solution to handling EVERYTHING at the local level. With all of our various national prerogatives (environment, education, safety reglation, etc. etc.) broken up into small pieces covered by separate (and many times competing) state and locales, the corporations would have a field day buying and controlling their own little fiefdoms. Ask yourself how many of our beneficial regulations would be in place now if big business had its way?...how much more would our society look like the 1880s than the 2000s? This is ultimately what Ron Paul supports: regressive facism - government by and for the corporations.

    The 2012 vote is an IQ test: and most of you voting for ANY [R] candidate are going to go a long way towards FAILING that test. But I'm sure you have no problem with that - you already failed it twice, in 2000 and 2004, and were happy to do so. But look now what your stupidity DID to this country!

    January 2, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. David Wendell

    You've got to be kidding Paul !! Paul is anti-military and doesn't think marriage should be only between a man and a woman !! And I seriously doubt the statistic he gives that 70% of Americans are against foreign aid. He is also against helping our ally Israel. All the traitor peaceniks will vote for him. I don't think he is really against abortion either. He probably thinks the government shouldn't be against baby killing. Santorum is the REAL conservative.

    January 2, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. David Wendell

    A vote for Ron Paul is actually a vote for Obama.

    January 2, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Rob Ross

    David,

    You might be the dumbest human alive. I am not leaning to agreeing with Obama's science czar on Eugenics after reading your post.

    January 2, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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