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."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. CoJo

    LOL, ya got to love the guy that is taking advantage of the opportunity

    February 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. mike halter

    Liberal is not a dirty word. Look up in the Dictionary.

    February 9, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. ComeForth

    Freedom from tyranny
    Ron Paul 2012

    February 9, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Nothing new here

    I just wish, I just really wish that Ron Paul would reconsider a THIRD PARTY run.
    I know that I have posted my thoughts several times on this matter. I have e-mailed and talked to other Ron Paul supporters. I think Paul should leave the GOP and the fighting about contraceptives to the 3 clowns that get all the media attention.
    Ron Paul can do better than this, and he has proven that this weekend.
    Please reconsider a third-party/Independent campaign, Mr. Paul and supporters. Thank you.

    February 9, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. durundal

    someone prop up this senile old codger, he clearly went off his rocker

    February 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. ck1721

    Liberal: Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values

    I'm not a Liberal because I'm not willing to discard my values. Ron Paul won't discard ANY of his values, and wouldn't ask that others discard theirs either. That's called integrity.

    February 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. mariner34

    The only Conservatives voting for Santorum and Newt are the one's to uninformed (due to no falt of their own) to realize they are really voting for Romney. Santorum and newt are inelegable for 564 delegates and can not possibly get the nomination. The only reason they are running is to dilute the vote of the real Constitutional Conservative Ron Paul.

    February 9, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Day by day republicans are taking away our freedom in the name of religion

    Please vote for Ron Paul for individual freedom

    February 9, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Hair bear

    Ron Paul is just piggy backing his GOP opponents! He never offers the truth about Romney are Santorum! In fact he has chosen not to really get into the heat of the debates! Ron Paul really doesn't want to win! He just wants to cause conflict! He can prove me wrong any time,so far I haven't heard anything!

    February 9, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    The GOBP deathcult's post-modern deconstruction of political affiliation terms seems designed to reduce words of all meaning. Essentially, they are linguistic terrorists.

    February 9, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. C.T.G.

    I am puzzled by Santorums views, speaking out on women's issues . After reading how his wife was the mistress of an abortion Dr. For several years just when did he get his conservative views? And just when did his wife get hers,or is all of this just a front for the election? When you have time look this up on the internet, I think it will open some eyes it sure opened mine, he has lost my support ,I am looking for a new candidate.

    February 9, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Dante 23

    Paul needs to consider what he doing for the GOP. Their is no way he is going to win the nomination, so why doesn't he drop out and give Santorum a chance. He will beat Romney and Obama. Since Paul has no chance of beating either of them.

    February 9, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. The Elephant In The Room

    Ron Paul supporters, He`s no going to win and the republican establishment is only going to pander to him. They will not take him seriously at all. They WILL treat him like the crazy uncle that families keep locked up in the attic.

    Your most effective course of action is to join TEAM Obama and lobby for the President to make Paul part of his "team of rivals" philosophy.

    Paul is to the left of Mr. Obama on some topics. If you care about those, only a Democrat administration can make them a reality.

    On his own, Ron Paul CAN NOT win and Will be IGNORED by the GOP.

    February 9, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    I guess Ron Paul hasn't figured out yet WE DON'T WANT HIM. Most of us have no desire to return to the 1950's. While those might have been "golden prosperity years" for him – there are a lot of minorities (especially) who don't share that same feeling – at least not the ones I've talked to. He should concentrate on getting his supporters to come out and actually support HIM instead of worrying about his rivals – as they are doing much better than he is at the moment.

    Obama 2012

    February 9, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    ------------------
    Yet, it is perfectly okay to conservatives to trample on people's liberties by passing laws banning same sex marriage, passing laws to ban abortion, passing laws prohibiting people from forming worker unions, etc.

    February 9, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Jamie from Riverside

    Oh shut up you senile old coot.
    Tell it to your 9-11 Truther buddy at your PAC.
    He's the only one nuts enough to listen to you.

    February 9, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. logicnLA

    I'll take this man seriously when he admits to being Libertarian and not Republican and admits that his most adament support comes from fringe groups and those wanting to over throw our government. Let's see how many poeple still support him if he climbs in the polls.

    February 9, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Mikey

    @ck1721 – I always love it when people assign negative definitions to the word liberal. Let's try Webster:

    a. Favorable to progress or reform
    b. Favorable to or in accordance with concepts of maximum individual freedom
    c. Favoring or permitting freedom of actions with repscet to matters of personal belief or expession
    d. Of or pertaining to representational forms of government
    e. Free from prejedice or bigotry
    f. Open-minded or tolerant
    g. Characterized by gererosity ane willingness to give

    Liberals have values. They are just different than yours. Are yours the opposite of the above? I would hope not.

    February 9, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. CoJo

    @Hair bear, I bet to differ, every now and then he does mention something juicy about the others. He even points out the republicans have made mistakes in the past too. While I think he is humorous, I listen for some of the items he brings out about the others (when the others won't)... example, the bailouts started with the republicans side. You don't find the others even acknowledging that.

    February 9, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    We see ourselves growing in enthusiasm and our numbers keep growing, so hopefully the message will resonate and more will join us."

    IF this is the case Dr. Jekylll, why aren't you ahead in the polls?

    February 9, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. CoJo

    well give Ron Paul credit, Santorum just acknowledged he screwed up while he was in congress. Voted for increasing the debt ceiling multiple times and other big governement spending.

    February 9, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. CoJo

    So where is the tea party now? They want a person (Santorum) that has publicall acknowldged he screwed up and voted for big governemnt spending? Tea party people are hypocrites if they continue to back a person that has a record to goes against what they want. Only now does he come clean (when someone points it out). Only now he is against it when he is no longer in congress...

    February 9, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. kat

    Please Paul ! Get out of the race, you are an embarrassment to the Republican party. You know you can't win, and you are definately not doing Rand any favors either, I did have a lot of respect for him but after hearing your foolishness, I wouldn't vote for him as dog catcher.

    February 9, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    I especially liked the fake wood paneling in the background (Can we move out of the trailer, please?!).

    But as long as Paul's pulling in votes (read: taking an active hand in the GOP's self-destruction), then i say more power to him. Keep on splitting that vote, Ron. Keep teasing your followers along as long as possible, so that when the nominee is eventually picked (and it wont be YOU, Ron Paul) – your rabid followers will absolutely refuse to get behind Romney.

    I love it.

    February 9, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. C.T.G.

    It seems that Rick Santorum was speaking out against the Tea Party when they were forming , he said he would do whatever he could to stop the formation of it. Now that he is a canidate he says he as a big supporter of the Tea Party. It seems he has selective memory. Also look up his record he was a big tax and spend politition while he was in office. Now he claims to be a conservative!

    February 9, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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