Ron Paul defends Rick Perry, calls indictment 'a joke'
August 18th, 2014
03:56 PM ET
4 months ago

Ron Paul defends Rick Perry, calls indictment 'a joke'

(CNN) – Ron Paul is no fan of Gov. Rick Perry, but the three-time presidential candidate is coming to the side of his fellow Lone Star State Republican.

A grand jury indicted the Texas governor Friday on two felony counts involving abuse of power, stemming from his veto of funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat.

Some on the right view the indictment as a blatant political ploy.

"This is pure politics, I tell ya. This is really a joke," Paul told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday.

The former Texas congressman made sure to mention that he doesn't "generally defend our governor very much," saying Perry's record on civil liberties and foreign policy is "a disaster."

But in this case, he added, "the abuse of power comes more from the DA's office than the governor's office."

The case centers on Perry's June 2013 veto of the $7.5 million budget for the unit run by Lehmberg after she refused his demand to resign following her drunken driving arrest and conviction.

Perry faces accusations of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity, but he said he has no regrets about his decision and vowed to fight the indictment.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz–all potential 2016 presidential rivals for Perry–have also come out in defense of the Texas governor.

Paul, who ran against Perry and several others for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, also addressed the growing national debate over the militarization of police forces, brought to light by the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

"Police are supposed to be local people, they're supposed to be peace officers," Paul told Mitchell. "They're not supposed to be warriors."

Paul did not speak about his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is considering a presidential run in 2016 and who penned an opinion piece last week with similar thoughts about the militarization of police forces.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this story.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. PaulCat

    Just like the law suit against Obama is a Joke, RIGHT?
    Oh, that's right, iits different if you are a republican.

    August 18, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. lionel

    Sure wish if he would speak about the attack on Michael Brown's civil liberties. Typically GOP, they broke the law and they get off free.

    August 18, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    Parry threatened to withhold $7.5 million in funding unless the Democratic Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.

    Rosemary Lehmberg plead guilty to the DUI, paid $4,000, spent 45 days in jail and had her license suspended for 180 days.

    She admitted her crime and paid her dues.

    Parry SHOULD be indicted, no doubt

    August 18, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. just saying

    just more of the same old, same old from the democrats. using taxpayer money and the government to attack, harass, intimidate and smear their political opponents. did you think the irs was all they use for their dirty work? heck no!

    August 18, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Derp

    So let me get this right, a guy who's attempting to change his states constitution to fit his political agenda, doesn't see a problem with this, just when you think you've heard it all. The absolute irony over their cry of foul is only lost on the blind, will they ever admit to being without boundaries?

    August 18, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Derp

    My bad, its daddy Paul, not much better. How many generations of inbreeding does it require to support this party, holy crap!!!

    August 18, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Derp

    Now go cash your Koch brothers check, and disappear again, please.

    August 18, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Derp

    All you rwnj cry babies remember, the charges were handed down by a Republican judge? Let me guess, he's a traitor, hired by Hillary, you guys are too much, lmao!!

    August 18, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    NONE, I mean NONE of these idiots has any chance of getting within 200 miles of the white house. their only credible candidate is a bloated big mouth who unfortunately is not extreme enough for the zealots who run the party. So, give it up GOP, you might as well concede the White house now

    August 18, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Now this is FUN!!!! The 2016 [R] clown-car show is starting already!

    Sentient humans would be embarrassed with such "leaders". But we're talking [R]s here. They celebrate stupidity, especially public stupidity.

    August 18, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. anthony78

    Follow up question for Ron...
    How does he feel about all the Obama witch hunts the GOP seemed to be obsessed with?

    August 18, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. ritmocojo

    Dems can play that game too, Mr. Paul. But my regret is Parry[sic] won't be a passenger in the Clown Car leading to 2016.

    August 18, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Ummmm

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    Parry threatened to withhold $7.5 million in funding unless the Democratic Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.

    Rosemary Lehmberg plead guilty to the DUI, paid $4,000, spent 45 days in jail and had her license suspended for 180 days.

    She admitted her crime and paid her dues.

    Parry SHOULD be indicted, no doubt
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Lehmberg also spit in police officers face after going on a drunken tirade. She also spent $1,000's on liquor and vodka. How could ANYONE have continued confidence in her ability to be the DA in Travis County after that debacle. Google her jail time videos....pathetic!

    August 18, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. dave

    Those that think Rick Perry should resign, then must also feel a politician charged with a Felony should resign as well, correct? For those in the Dallas TX area, then John Wiley Price must resign now, even before his date in court as well?

    August 18, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Exactly. Obama retribution for exposing his importation of illegals into our country.

    August 18, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    just saying
    just more of the same old, same old from the democrats. using taxpayer money and the government to attack, harass, intimidate and smear their political opponents. did you think the irs was all they use for their dirty work? heck no!
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    yeah, they are taking notes from the GOP on how to falsely accuse and railroad politicians.

    August 18, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    just saying
    just more of the same old, same old from the democrats. using taxpayer money and the government to attack, harass, intimidate and smear their political opponents. did you think the irs was all they use for their dirty work? heck no!

    August 18, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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    Your posts are insane.

    August 18, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. ProudDem

    Hmm....so Perry vetoing funds for a whole department because an elected official did not resign when he told her to is ok because that's his authority....but the President using executive actions to delay a tax penalty in Obamacare at the request of the IRS that the IRS already had the authority to do by statute is a huge overreach worthy of being sued. Makes perfect sense.

    August 18, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Gary

    Ron Paul, the three time loser.

    August 18, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. OBAMA - THE OPEN BORDERS PRESIDENCY

    The Travis county DA's office is and has been a running joke in Texas for years. They went after Kay Baily Hutchison and it got thrown out and they convicted Tom Delay (and ruined his life) and it was overturned. This will also create a bunch of paper for a camp fire and create some great billing for lawyers but its going nowhere. Lehmberg is classless and unprofessional just like her predecessor.

    August 18, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Redme

    Perry will be found innocent of any wrongdoing this is just a bump in the road for him and in the meantime he will fight to keep our border safe for us all while you spin the facts and sling slop . blah blah

    August 18, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. rs

    Oh, the irony. A libertarian calls a citizen created indictment a "joke"- yet these fools claim to be all about citizens and their rights.

    August 18, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. it must be said

    This is all part of the Democrats Keeping Drunken Democrat DAs in Office policy. The party of criminals and welfare frauds marches on.

    August 18, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. rs

    just saying

    just more of the same old, same old from the democrats. using taxpayer money and the government to attack, harass, intimidate and smear their political opponents. did you think the irs was all they use for their dirty work? heck no!
    _________________________________
    So, JS- you know for a fact all of those citizens, called up for Grand Jury duty are Democrats, and are working in collusion with the DA? Once again- you don't have a clue.

    August 18, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Exactly. Obama retribution for exposing his importation of illegals into our country.
    __________________________
    The unfounded conspiracy theory of the day goes to......

    August 18, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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