November 6th, 2012
02:36 PM ET
1 year 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


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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are proven failures!
    @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.
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    And yet you fail to mention that ALL of this was enabled by the Democrats houses for people that cannot afford them government programs and the GUARANTEE of those mortgages by the quasi-governmental agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose protectors (the Democrats) enabled to run wild and unregulated even to this day.

    The 2008 collapse was ENTIRELY government created, but since the Democrats won't send themselves to jail, they can only blame it on others and create scapegoats.

    November 6, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Adam

    ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are proven failures!

    @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.
    November 6, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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    The Feds easy credit and lose monetary policy is what allowed all of what you said.

    November 6, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Rynosaur

    Ron Paul was right about the economic crisis, 6 years before it happened. He was right about our growing police state. He was right about the continued recession. He was predicting today's events, 20 years ago. And sadly, the majority of this country considered him "radical" or "crazy". Really? A person who is literally predicting the future, is crazy?

    November 6, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. TruthKeeper

    Rand Paul 2016 !

    November 6, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. JBK007

    This article doesn't mention anything about Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party whom Ron Paul could easily endorse given their positions are so similar. Pretty much mirrors the entire country which believes there are only two candidates running for president. Ahh the masses; sheep being led to slaughter....

    November 6, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. MozCho

    Why should he endorse someone who holds such opposing views? What is wrong with you people? Do you really believe that there are only two types of people in this country, those that believe Obama is the best person for the job, and those that believe Romney is the best person for the job? This country sucks, seriously. So many discouraging people who are clearly products of the public school system, as evidenced by their narrow-minded, borderline fascist thinking. Rather than encourage a discussion of ideas, most Romney/Obama supporters say 'get in line.'

    November 6, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. maf

    @truth – your buffet comment was unnecessary. Yet again, another indication about the direction of this version of the GOP.

    November 6, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Brian

    @ThinkAgain
    That is such a shallow analysis. Greedy people and companies can't just ruin things on that scale. They ruined things because they had two things going for them: Lower than market interest rates and a lender of last resort. Both of these are directly the fault of a central bank. The central bank of the US is the Federal Reserve. With no Fed, this doesn't happen. Actually, with no Fed, banks wield very little power and influence. In fact, Occupy Wall Street would be pretty darn happy.

    November 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    tibs

    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.
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    Ron Paul wants to return to the gold standard, which would only result in chaotic price swings on consumer as the price of gold, or any other commodity, is bid for on the open market. The only stable trading that could occur would be bartering.

    You should take a survey of the countries around the world whose economies are based upon a traded commodity, in most case gold. They cannot control price inflation.

    Ron Paul's overly simplistic world view gives Libertarianism a bad name.

    November 6, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Rynosaur

    Ron Paul was right about the economic crisis, 6 years before it happened. He was right about our growing police state. He was right about the continued recession.
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    Most liberals know he was right. Every Democrat in Congress was making the same arguments, fighting the Bush Tax Cuts. Paul was critical of right wing economic ideology.

    November 6, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Patrick in Wisconsin

    truth, those new bills the mints are printing are to replace the old ones in circulation. Money isn't worth much if it's literally falling apart. Maybe you should read the news next time.

    November 6, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Edub

    I was happy to write in Dr. Paul this morning. He will not win, but he has inspired a movement in our country. Cant stand either Obama or Romney.

    November 6, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Ragnarok

    The real funny thing about this whole election business is............. NONE OF THIS MATTERS!! Electoral College installs the puppets that are at the top of the food chain in this bizzaro world government. Might as well vote for Mickey Mouse, it would not change a thing. To put up a viable argument, just look at what happened in the 2000 elections. This country deserves what its going to get. I am not voting for either of these 2 clowns, it does not matter though. Have fun with your police state/world occupier/throw your voting base under the bus duopoly. It's been a good ride.

    November 6, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. nevadasmith

    I just voted in FL, Rosanne Barr was on the Ballot and Ron Paul wasn't . Something really smells in Denmark, Go Figure.

    November 6, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Chuckie

    Democrats can only hope that Paul's libertarian cohorts will follow his lead. Any of them not voting will only hurt Romney; most libertarians come from the ranks of the GOP. Democrats with similar views would likely tend towards anarchism.

    November 6, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. erkme73

    I live in the swing state of FL. I wasn't going to vote. But after seeing how the Republican party railroaded RP and his supporters, I made it a point to vote. I wrote in RP. I don't want BO in office. I'd prefer Mittens over him, but on principle, the Repubs have lost my vote because of their treatment of the only man who had the integrity and courage to call out our problems for what they are. It used to be, you could question, "What's an honest politician sound like?" and the answer was, "who knows – they don't exist." But RP proved that wrong. The downside is, and honest politician will never see the light of day in this rigged system of ours. I wish America gets what it deserves. Problem is, I live here.

    November 6, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. the infidel

    Ron Paul is a slimy little worm who cares not for the citizens. His silence only benefits Jughead and his treasonous policies!

    November 6, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    erkme73
    I live in the swing state of FL. I wasn't going to vote. But after seeing how the Republican party railroaded RP and his supporters, I made it a point to vote. I wrote in RP. I don't want BO in office. I'd prefer Mittens over him, but on principle, the Repubs have lost my vote
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    You need to grow up and stop throwing temper tantrums in the voting booth. All you did was WASTE your vote and possibly benefit the one person you DON'T want, Obama.

    November 6, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. KittenJuggler

    I just voted for Ron Paul in NH. It felt good. Really good.

    November 6, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Chutzpah

    Ron Paul claiming that he can't see any difference between the two candidates just proves how one-dimensional his thinking is. Go away...

    November 6, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Tim Crowley

    Paul is a total nutcase. If he can't see the difference between the candidates he's blind.

    All he wants is his name in the paper so he can sell books.

    Paul is a racist kook who's policys have been rejected by the vast majority of Americans.

    November 6, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Pro America/Anti Establishment

    Just voted for Ron Paul, as I did 4 years ago. Long time Republican Party registered voter just cant pull the trigger for the status quo any more. Dr Paul lets get it done in 2016 !!!

    November 6, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. KAT

    The man who should be President, Ron Paul!

    November 6, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Alger Dave

    If the GOP can win without the Paul's of the world – all the better! If it turns out that he ruined the chances of the GOP by withholding his support – then it's finally time to crucify the libertarians. They do not represent the ideas of the GOP base, social conservatives or most of the GOP. Vote against libertarians, and for GOP candidates. Ron Paul thinks he's above it all, but he's about to find out he's wrong, as will his son.

    November 6, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Steve

    Edub
    I was happy to write in Dr. Paul this morning. He will not win, but he has inspired a movement in our country. Cant stand either Obama or Romney
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    Thank you,
    Barack

    November 6, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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