(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
Borderless - CNN just billed Gloria Borger as a nonpartisan on AC360. Um, no.
Seriously??? Come on CNN!! You certainly can't be THAT delusional! She appears on the Chris Mathews Show and he ONLY has the far lefty loons on there. What next? Describing Obama as a "centrist"?!
Also, Dee Dee Myers is looking awesome!
Last time I saw her she looked like she had been partaking a bit too much at the buffet.
i once supported ron!
As a liberal Obama voter I would have had to think twice about voting for Paul. He is consistent "
sure but consistently nuts isnt a positive thing.
Uh, how was he wrong about the Fed? The whole Federal Reserve system is the reason for the economic mess we're in.
America, Ron Paul was your only hope! It is a shame that he is constantly blown off as a whack-job. He should have ran as an independent on the ballot. It probably would have been an interesting outcome much like 1992 with Ross Perot.
He surely didn't mean that Romney is a moderate!
Obama is as moderate as it gets. Only a true liberal knows this. But in the long run, it's not so bad.
lol this old fool
Neither of them care about his endorsement.
So Ron Paul is essentially saying, "Don't bother to vote, it doesn't make a difference." Look Ron, I get that you think the best thing for the US Government to do would be to virtually not exist at all, but for those of us in the real world, where there is actually an intertwined global economy and rampant, vile corporate greed, we need the checks in place.
i'm a democrat and i like some of ron paul's ideas... too bad he's not running for third party...
For those saying that ending the fed is a bad idea, take an economics class. The Federal Reserve controls the interest rates of our currency, somthing that used to be dictated by the value of gold a real commodity. Not only can they manipulate it they can also legally lie to us about what it is, which is what happened to start this crisis. The fed sent signals to the market that it was a good time to spend money, then everyone that did went bankrupt, only to get bailed out by who, the Federal Reserve because of course they can also print money with absolutely no oversight and spend it with no oversight. How is that not detrimental to the economy? Read,"Liberty Defined," you will see why Dr. Paul is so appreciated.
I like how the video just cuts off. Even when Paul doesn't have a chance, the mainstream media still gives him the shaft.
This is clearly a choice between good and evil!
Glad that Paul is not in a position to be a likely winner. He wants us all to live like "The Waltons".
No Fed. We barter instead of using money.
No FEMA. Get help from your local pastor and congregation
No DoD. You and the neighbors are enough.
No Dept. of Ed. Dumb and Dumber. Father and Son.
No Civil Rights Act. "It's your right to be a bigot."
Let me stop. This night is going to a positive one.
Wow! CNN's covering Ron Paul!!!...o wait, he's not running anymore...
David - LOL who said the Federal Reserve has been a "godsend"?
Of course it is. It allows the government to spend endless amounts of worthless paper money on actual product and services. If we still had the gold standard then no one would able to do this. It all works quite wonderfully until they run the printing presses nonstop and start buying their own debt with worthless freshly printed dollar bills and the whole con game comes crashing down.
Wait a minute... Obama and FED are doing that NOW!
Many write in votes for Ron Paul may never be counted because the election process is not perfect but the write ins are not votes for Mitt! The Republican party has some serious issues! If they'd embraced the Paul supporters rather than treating them like outcasts they would have most of the Paul votes. If Mitt loses by a narrow margin, the Republican party should demand a count of each states write ins for Paul and learn from the mistake!
Only time will tell just how right he is. But he certainly is correct on the dismal state of American politics.
He will be remembered as the only man brave and honest enough to admit the true state of the American Dream.
Even if he did not (arguably) have the answers – at least he was critical where the rest are swept along in a sentimental "never mind if we can afford it" red white and blue "it's all about America" wave.
I have a ton of respect for Ron Paul. One of the few Republicans that I would actually consider voting for if given the opportunity.
@nope: "Uh, how was he wrong about the Fed? The whole Federal Reserve system is the reason for the economic mess we're in."
No, the economic meltdown was caused by greedy mortgage underwriters willing to falsify income statements, and greedy Wall Street traders who then bundled these toxic mortgages and sold them as A+ assets. Then there's all the hedge funds and firms that simultaneously bet certain funds would fail while doing everything they could to make them fail.
Obama pawns his election by trying to prove he is "just like you" what a scam
The fact that someone actually thinks that without the fed we would be forced to return to bartering is beyond idiotic. Severely uniformed to say the least.
.Paul had the best ideas by a long shot over any candidate and a solid plan.Hope you people enjoy the food lines when the country goes belly up because it will very soon.
I never thought anyone's ego to be bigger than Obama's. Both D's and R's can see a lot of wisdom in Paul's views and ideas but this just reinforces his irrelevance. His inability to endorse a candidate is more his ego.