November 6th, 2012
02:36 PM ET
6 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. dc

    If RP can't see the difference between the 2 candidates and what their ideologies are, he's not as bright as I thought. R omney is not the true answer, but it's a helluva lot better than Obama's socialism.....

    November 6, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. just sayin

    ron paul could only endorse somebody like himself. luckily there are not any more like ron paul. he's been in congress for many years and has accomplished nothing. he could have at least worked on getting marijuana legalized for all of his followers.

    November 6, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Obviously.

    If you look at history of actual presidential actions instead of the lip-service both parties pay towards their supposed platforms and policies, you'll find that in almost every case, both parties do the exact same thing when elected to office. If both were moderates on the campaign trail, no one would be able to tell the difference and uncertainty would dominate. Therefore, they use polarizing speech to strike a contrast and portray the other guy as the epitome of pending disaster when in reality they'll do generally the exact same things when in office. Party loyalists today have become so immersed in groupthink that they have self-deluding sense of reality. Of course, they would never admit they do, due to their pre-established arrogance.

    November 6, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Jay

    If you can see the rhetoric doesn't equal policy, he's pretty spot on. Obama has by and large continued Bush policies, and Romney will do the same, whether you call them Bush policy or Obama policy. Very little difference.

    November 6, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. JEssica

    Dr. Paul has lived his life as many few have...he has spent a lifetime giving back to his community. When he had his practice he provided free medical care to all...he even served African Americans when at that time it was controversial. I know for sure...that very few prophets come into society. JFK, Martin Luther King and Ron Paul is on that level. He might not say what most want to here but he isn't a fool. He predicted much of where our Country is today. Predicted the housing crash 11 years before anyone else did. Predicted that our money would continue to inflate due to the FED printing it out of air...we are going to's only a matter of time. When we do...we will realize how great RP message and work have been. I have much respect for you sir...thanks for sticking to your priciniples for over 40 years.

    November 6, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Zack F

    Some of the comments on here sadden me; CNN brainwashing is as bad as Fox News brainwashing. So many people embrace partisanship instead of the common sense Ron Paul articulates. We don't need any more wars and we don't need more government. We just need more freedom.

    November 6, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Ztom

    Good for Ron Paul! Though I don't agree with his views 100%, I think he is one of the most principled, honest politicians I've seen in decades.

    If he had gotten the GOP nod, I would have gone with him instead of BO.

    Wonder if his son will follow in his footsteps. Rand doesn't seem as principled. Seems to bend a bit too much to the GOP line.

    November 6, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Matt W

    @just sayin: Ron Paul has accomplished nothing? He is mostly to thank for your being allowed to own gold. Did you know that?

    November 6, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Rita

    Ron Paul has been in government for over fifty years, yet he and other repulicans constantly ridicule it...Why then do they seek it? If they are so fed up, why do they think they can change it? Bush/Cheney had the most disastrous decade of doom and despair, and why would anyone continue their policies? You betcha Romney would, because both Bush and he were Business Majors in college – and they believe in corporate bailouts, billionaire tax breaks, WW 3 over the Middle East, and letting the middle class send their sons and daughters to do the dirty work because they sure won' least Ralph Nader had more integrity than anything Ron Paul ever said.

    November 6, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Drew

    Ron Paul really was the best option for our Country. It's sad to see people following the media and two-sided politics, right down the path to destruction. It is the end of an era, he's right. Everything this guy says is so right on. Obama and Romney ARE 2 heads of the same beast.

    November 6, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Max

    I'm getting tired of the "Romney and Obama are the same" mantra coming from Ron Paul and his flock of sheep. It would be absolutely HUGE if Ron Paul swallowed his pride and endorse the candidate who will cut taxes, repeal Obamacare, and end the regulations on oil and coal.
    Swallow your pride, Paul, and endorse Romney before it's too late. I'm a Libertarian supporting Romney, and I wish Ron Paul would do the same.

    November 6, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Coyoteliberty

    I caught pneumonia collecting signatures in the freezing cold for Ron Paul to get him on the ballot in New York State when he was running as the Libertarian Presidential nominee. I worked for his campaihn in 2004 and 2008. I had great respect for him, but he fades now from the national scene and frankly, I'm glad to see him go. Had he run as a Libertarian this year or thrown his support aggressively behind former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (the eventual Libertarian nominee) once he ended his own bid for the White House, he could have changed the dynamics of not just this race but politics in America for the next generation. If he truly believed the things he said for the last several decades, was he really the commited champion of liberty he has said he is, he would have done one of those two things. He didn't and as a result we were left with a "close" election that left us with no real choice at all, as he accurately and ironically points out.

    November 6, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Shel

    He's right, America will choose more war , Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, no matter who they pick...enjoy!

    November 6, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. treblemaker

    As the song the new boss, same as the old boss. However...we'll all get fooled again.

    November 6, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. DarnWoman

    Wow, CNN actually posted something about Ron Paul. I guess it's cool seeing as how he is no longer a factor in the race, huh?

    November 6, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Margo

    I voted for Gary Johnson this year. Just so sick and tired of voting for the lesser evil. News has completely shut out third party candidates. America is way past due for a third party.

    November 6, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. John Gregory

    "I don't think there's enough difference between the two candidates..."

    When you live on Pluto, the difference between Earth and Mars may not seem very great either.

    "But the fact that people can spend their money and they want to invest in politics, that's fine."

    Left unsaid, people expect a return on their investment. And as a hint, "good governance" is not what these investors are after.

    November 6, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Kathie

    Both will satisfy their special interest groups and corporations. Both will take more freedom from us. Both will send men and women RP police the world. Both will put their party before country. Spending on bith campaign is shameful. Most people who vote can't even name 5 countries that we are at war with right now. It is you right to vote but it's a voter's obligation with that right to get informed. They could start with a US History book.

    November 6, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Mike T

    Ron Paul represents what we may not see in government for some time if ever; Integrity. He does not bend to any party and stands firm to his beliefs. For that he will be missed. As for those who claim he hasn't accomplished anything? It's difficult to make headway when swimming against the stream, however, someday the truth of the Fed Reserve will be revealed and RP will receive due credit.

    November 6, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. CBP

    Not one politicians will tell it like it is. Many of those doing the most whining in this country do not have the right to do so. The people who did not lose their homes or their jobs are complaining because they are not able to live the same lifestyle right now. Those in the 1% have not had enough influence over the administration and they are not used to that. They truly believe that their wealth affords them the right to be influential and thus they have given huge amounts of money to these PACS.

    The 47% have continued to work toward keeping their heads above water and to keep from being homeless in this economy. Their jobs were sent to China and other countries by corporation executives so that the profit margins in their companies will remain high. Never mind that people were put out of work. They are backing a man whose company oversaw the mergers and takeovers which started push to take jobs overseas.

    In the end those who decided that the President did nothing for them may wish they could change their minds. History tells us that the wealthiest do not bring other people along with them. They leave them behind. I fear for Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs. The new Republicans will not be on your side and you may find yourself struggling even more.

    November 6, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Mike H

    Dr. Paul, as always, has it right – the winner is............ "the status quo". Gotta love the guy, our country will miss him, hope he stays active in speechmaking and writing.

    November 6, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |

    This is why I, my immediate family, and my close friends wrote in Ron Paul. The other two are a choice between flapjacks and pancakes.

    November 6, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. NameRoy Nolte

    I am a staunch supporter of Ron Paul. I understand M.Romney is little different than than Obama however we as constitutionist can push Romney to the right and can not move Obama. It would show a great signal if Ron Paul would have given some support to Romnie and may even pushed him somewhat to what Paul supporters believe. Also we may even recover from Romnie in which there is no recovery after Obama. Ask for your opinion verses mine.

    November 6, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    One of the comments questioned what Ron Paul and his supporters have accomplished....if you are Republican, you should be aware that your party platform now includes an audit of the Federal Reserve. I don't believe this would have even come up at this year's Convention if it hadn't been proposed by Ron Paul years ago.

    November 6, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. GuyinVA

    Still desperate to be relevant.

    November 6, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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