November 6th, 2012
02:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Ron Paul foresees 2012 outcome

(CNN) - It looks like neither Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama will land the endorsement of former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul in this final hour of election 2012.

In an Election Day interview on CNN's "Newsroom," the Texas congressman said he won't back either candidate because he sees little difference between them.

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"I don't think there's enough difference between the two candidates, and I assume the victor today will be the status quo," Paul said. "We're going to continue with basically the same policies that we've had for a long time, so I don't see the election, as the way its turning out, to be very crucial at all."

Meanwhile, the candidates have argued the importance of the election and sparred in a series of debates. They have also battered one another on the airwaves, where millions of dollars have been poured into advertising in a handful of key swing states.

Paul ended his active campaign efforts in May as his path to the nomination appeared mathematically impossible, though his delegates to state-level political conventions - which decide delegates to the Republican National Convention - continued to push for his long-shot bid.

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, a video tribute to Paul was played, and the former candidate held a separate rally in the city. "I'm convinced that we're living at the end of an era," Paul said, saying the moment "provides an opportunity."

In his CNN interview, Paul said he is not concerned with the amount of money being spent in politics.

"I think we should be shocked to know that people are willing to put that much money up. Not that they did, but why are they doing it? Why have they been hoodwinked into thinking that there's a real contest going on? That's what the real problem is," he said. "But the fact that people can spend their money and they want to invest in politics, that's fine."

Pressed by CNN's Brooke Baldwin, Paul said, "what's wrong is all this money is [it's] being spent to influence and control and own government, to be used for their benefit."

Paul did not seek re-election to the House this year, in which he has served on and off since 1976.

- CNN Political Producer Martina Stewart contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. I Could Have Been A Contendah

    Ron was right about a lot of things, including ending the wars. He was wrong on some big things, including eliminating the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately for him, the wrongs meant that few people took him seriously.

    November 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Walt

    Ron Paul is irrelevant. Who cares what he thinks or says? When he is right, it is usually for all the wrong reasons and when he is wrong, he is really, really wrong.

    November 6, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    A whack job right up to the bitter end....

    November 6, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    Yeah the Fed has been a godsend, destroying our currency by 98% since its inception.


    November 6, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Clyde

    And Ronnie continues his long, long ride on the crazy train.

    November 6, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    So long, crazy old anarchist, it's been fun.

    November 6, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. todd

    And he is right. Obama and Romney are the same

    November 6, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Big_D

    As a liberal Obama voter I would have had to think twice about voting for Paul. He is consistent and there isn't any smoke or mirrors to his policies. The GOP should think about dropping the Bible Banner and picking back up the banner of fiscal conservatism and personal liberty.

    November 6, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Ron Paul was the most interesting candidate on the stage for the GOP.......but they dissed him. Romney wasn't the best candidate on the stage, heck.....he wasn't even the best Morman on the stage, but he had the most money so here he is. Hope he writes a good concession speech......I don't want to be bored.

    November 6, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. BetterDaysAhead

    Ron still hangs around but his ideas are too far mainstream. Good dude though....

    November 6, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. scarf

    I can't believe anyone ever took this guy seriously. He's just another Ralph Nader; spouting ideals but no pragmatism. He would have been a worse president than Jimmy Carter.

    November 6, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    Really NO ONE gives a rats behind!

    November 6, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Borderless

    CNN just billed Gloria Borger as a nonpartisan on AC360. Um, no. Also, Dee Dee Myers is looking awesome!

    November 6, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. RonPaulWasOurOnlyHope

    Ending the federal reserve was one of his brightest ideas. It's the only way to get our economy out of debt. You can't make money backed by nothing. Do some research on Andrew Jackson...the only president to get our country out of debt, by ending the federal reserve.

    November 6, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. ghostriter

    As much of a nutcase as Paul is, he actually was on point with some of this stuff.

    I can think of worse republicans to have as president.

    November 6, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. FreedomFighter

    Ron Paul is the most honest politician in DC. Name another who refuses the congressional pension and another who returns money from his office to the treasury. Name another who has a set of principals and doesn't barter them away "to get along" and be a pragmatist. We dont need "pragmatists" with no spine and nothing to stand on being leaders...

    November 6, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Victor

    Don't forget to write in Ron Paul for your state! : )

    November 6, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Phil

    Ron, quit being a sore loser. One of the candidates will do more damage then the other. And you could help keeping it on the lesser by voicing out your support for your followers to support.

    November 6, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. yneemee

    Whether you choose to drink the Kool-aid from the Goofy Grape party or the Red Red Rasberry party or actually be daring and try the offerings from the Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, Green or other choices on your individual state ballots, remember that many have died to protect the right to vote....and even if you choose not to vote, say a heartfelt thank you anyway to those men and women who have died for that right

    November 6, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    You guys really need to move out of your mothers' basements and get lives.

    November 6, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. jim

    to all of you idiots knocking Ron Paul, know that the military was right behind this man, and if you did a little reading and research you would see that this man was a true patriot and politician – the only politician I have ever seen that was consistent, and FOR the people. Hes been in the right on everything he has ever said.

    November 6, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. DJC

    Ron just mad because he's not running for president

    November 6, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. reg

    As an Obama supporter, I have to wonder how this man wasn't the first choice of the GOP. His debates with all the other candidates appeared so one sided – even to a point where they looked like they were being educated by him.

    November 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    On ending the wars-- Ron Paul is more aligned with President Obama. Romney sounds like he wants war and has 17 Bush advisors behind him. That's why he wants 2 Trillion for military spending.

    November 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. David

    LOL who said the Federal Reserve has been a "godsend"? What in the world. Look at the value of a dollar in 1913 and look at it now. Man the USA is doomed. How do you print unbacked currency from a PRIVATE BANK (Federal Reserve) and get out of debt? Print more Federal Reserve notes on interest? You make zero sense. The Fed is nothing more than a giant hole of irreversible debt.

    November 6, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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