February 9th, 2012
04:57 PM ET
2 years ago

As Santorum and Romney battle, Paul slams both as liberal

(CNN) - Ron Paul said Thursday the recent spike in support for rival Rick Santorum was a result of dissatisfied Republicans, though he said the former Pennsylvania senator hardly qualified as a conservative alternative.

"I think there's a few Republicans that might not even vote Republican, and we have a lot of those that come to our rallies from the Democratic Party," Paul said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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"But I think it's a lack of enthusiasm for any of the other three. It's been around for a bit, but there's a bit of irony, though, for Santorum to be the one that's criticizing Mitt Romney as sort of being liberal. When we do the analysis and look at his voting record, he's not a moderate. He has voted for a lot of big government things."

Paul said the conservative momentum would come around to him eventually.

"Maybe the people are getting tired of it," Paul said. "Maybe they're tired of the bickering among themselves when they realize their positions are essentially the same. And of course, we're not on the top. We see ourselves growing in enthusiasm and our numbers keep growing, so hopefully the message will resonate and more will join us."

As for his absence from this week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Paul said his campaign decided to forgo attending to give his supporters a break.

"We have a lot of young people involved in our campaign," Paul said. "We asked a lot of them, and they're doing a lot of hard work, they do the phone calling and the door knocking, and all these things. People don't come there automatically, and our supporters, we've asked them to do other jobs, so we had decided that a couple months ago not to come to CPAC."

Paul said the government had overstepped with a new policy requiring employers – including religious institutions – to include coverage for contraception in their health insurance plans

"I don't like the mandates at all, and I think Obama has dug a hole for himself here, because he's trampling on religious conviction, but the political and economic and constitutional approach of government being involved in doing things like this is really where it starts."

Also see:

Santorum targets Obama, Romney at raucous Texas rally

Bachmann: Santorum win a 'shot across the bow'

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Romney: Rivals are 'Republicans who acted like Democrats'

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Nothing new here

    @Hair bear
    As far as I'm concerned...Ron Paul can tear the house down.
    The GOP of Goldwater/Rockefeller is no more.
    Barry Goldwater is probably rolling in his grave.

    February 9, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I respect my elders , I give thanks to my ancestors , with age comes wisdom.

    Yet Ron is not on top of his game, age brings back nap time .

    February 9, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Santorum isn't liberal. The man hates women, wants to take away women's rights - there's nothing liberal about that.

    Also, Jesus was a liberal. You can look it up. Written evidence is in a book called a bible. It pretty much says that Jesus took care of the sick, the old, the infirmed and the children, etc. The GOP can NEVER be liberal. They hate Americans too much.

    February 9, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Davidplatter

    Maybe Ron Paul is just smarter than the rest who are all trying to kill one another off slowly. They can't really go after Ron Paul because if he turns to their records they end up looking like fools. After a little more blood letting, people may come around to finally getting it that Ron Paul is the only one who can beat Obama.

    February 9, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. C.T.G.

    Rush and Hanity oppose raising the minimum wage ,this year the wage would have raised 15cents under Romneys proposal . They raved on how this would kill jobs,it seem funny that people making millions would be aginst someone getting a $6 a week raise. How would they like to work all day and not even make enough to buy a tank of gas. Rush also said republicans should not try to reach across the asile to work with democrats to come up with solutions to solve problems. Maybe it is time we should stop listening and do our own thinking, and treat the office of the President with some respect,instead of trying daily to tear it down!!!

    February 9, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Trading Barracuda

    Dr Paul stays above the fray.
    For now.
    When he dusts Romney watch out Barracchio!
    The Ron Paul Express is coming for you!

    February 9, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul should go live in Somalia, where there is no government to tell him what to do or India, where there is no income tax – and no infrastructure.

    February 9, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    "Please vote for Ron Paul for individual freedom"

    Except if you're a woman, and then you can't decide what to do with your own body.

    Ron Paul supports freedom? HA!

    February 9, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @ComeForth: Freedom from tyranny Ron Paul 2012

    Right, unless you're a woman and then you can't determine what you do with your own body.

    Ron Paul is a white man who takes for granted all the privileges that bestowed him. Yes, he has worked hard – and being a white man gave him a huge leg up and never, NEVER was he denied anything because of his race and gender.

    He's like those yahoos who don't vaccinate their children, enjoying the privilege of living in a society where the rest of us do, providing protection from disease.

    And just like those unvaccinated families should move to a third-world country and see how they fair, Ron Paul should move to Somalia to experience first-hand "limited government."

    February 9, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. C.T.G.

    News media showing Santorum saying two years ago that he would do whatever he could do to stop the tea party in the republican party. Today he says that is not true , he is the big tea party supporter. Funny I just saw the clip again and he seemed very mad and against the tea party. Could it be when you run for office your memory does not work anymore?I also found out he voted several times to raise the dept ceiling and was very fond of earmarks! Sounds like a real conservative.

    February 9, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Constitution Ron

    Ron Paul often speaks of obeying the constitution, however, he seems to have no problem supporting the Catholic church (which is exempt from the mandate) to force its religious tenet upon employees of Catholic schools and hospitals (institutions run by the Catholic church, yet do not qualify for the religious exemption). Many of these employees are not Catholic and their religious backgrounds vary widely or some may even be athiests. If the Catholic church opened a bookstore, restaurant or grocery store, placing limitations on employees health care plans would not be allowed. Until Catholic hospitals and private schools become Catholic only for students, patients and staff (which opens up another can of worms-discriminating against non-Catholics) they must not be allowed to force (establish) a religion on employees that do not agree with the basic tenets of Catholicism.

    February 9, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Inquiring Mindz

    The Catholic Church itself is exempt from the mandate, however, if the church is allowed to dictate to employees of catholic hospitals and schools (especially if they are non-catholic) regarding health care choices based on Catholic doctrine......................then......................it seems that "there shall be no establishment of religion................" in the constitution (fill in the blank)_________________________

    February 9, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. z

    hair bear, have you seen his ads? look on yt, he attacks them like crazy with those and he's also never attacked in opponnets ads. Have you seen the donors for each candidate? the other 3 are backed by banks such as goldman sachs and the koch brothers. Ron paul gets his from active duty millitary people. And you just call his foreign policy crazy?

    February 9, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Robert

    I think that all ear marks should be done away with. Our congress don't work for the American people and their best interests as it was meant and designed to do. All Washington, congressmen and senators care about is who is going to give them the most money to run on for the next election. I think that Washington is so corrupt that we need to find a new way to run our country. They have too many people handing out money to them for favors for them to even consider making the right decisions for the average working American.

    February 9, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, Ron Paul wants less government... That is fine, but who picks up the peices when there is no support for those that get help now? Most charitble organizations can't help enough people and don't get the level of funding from the general public to sustain it. Where does he get the idea that charities can step in now?

    February 9, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Ron Paul 2012 – IF he's on the Ballot – IF he's Not, then, Vote Democrat 2012 >simple< isn't it ?

    February 9, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. scott ky

    I am sure he could prove you wrong if he were given any air time at all in the debates. Santorum and gingrich would have already gone home if they were under the media blackout that Paul has been under.

    February 9, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Looks like Ron Paul is in on the GOBP savage Ricky Santorum plan.

    February 10, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  19. Cam

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that believes in freedom. Unlike Mitt Romney, Ron Paul say NDAA is unconstitutional. Mitt Romney supports NDAA just like Obama.

    February 10, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  20. JD in Moraga, CA

    You gotta wonder if the old guy would have to select his son as his VP candidate, since he's aggravated just about everyone else in the GOP. Must be nice to live in the 17th century.

    February 10, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  21. diridi

    This dude makes lot of sense, only scares me is his old age.

    February 10, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I wish Paul would run as a third party candidate, too! It would guarantee that whoever the Republicans select during their brokered convention will lose in November.

    February 10, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Marcus

    ck1721 – Three 'Traditional values' that were discarded thanks to us, 'liberals':
    SLAVERY
    UNEQUAL POLITICAL/PROFESSIONAL OPORTUNITIES BASED ON DISCRIMINATION OF GENDER/RACE/RELIGION (ETC!!!)
    CHILD WORK (considering only factories, mines and the likes)

    You're welcome.

    February 10, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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