June 5th, 2007
10:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul: U.S. has rejected 'Just War' theory of Christianity

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul said at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate that America's most pressing moral issue is its adoption of a preemptive military policy, declaring it a rejection of the "Just War theory of Christianity."

"We in the past have always declared war in the defense of our liberties or go to aid of somebody," he said. "But now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war - we have rejected the Just War theory of Christianity.

"We have to come to our senses about this issue of war and preemption and go back to traditions and our constitution and defend our liberties and defend our rights," he added.

Paul is the only GOP member of Congress running for president who voted against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Ron Paul
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Jane Gross, San Marcos, Ca.

    Ron Paul is correct ounce again! He is the only true patriot who stands for the people and common since. We should never have started a preemptive war.

    June 5, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Allen Sircy, Nashville, TN

    C'mon guys we all know we have to elect Rudy Guiliani. If we don't the terrorists will get us.

    June 5, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. John Richardson, Roscoe, Illinois

    Ron Paul is the only real candidate running. However, you have to have a brain to figure it out beyond relying on mere name recognition. Giuliani even on stage is like a nightmarish episode of the Twilight Zone.

    June 5, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Marc Scott Emery

    Ron Paul received 5 minutes and 51 seconds in speaking time. His comments were economical, intelligent, sharp, coherent, no wasted time or moments to any of his answers on seven oportunities. His final remark and only opportunity in the final hour was his best moment, on pre-emptive nuclear war. Republicans, particularly Romney, Giuliani, McCain and others had advocated/refused to rule out a tactical nuclear weapons strike if Iran gets nuclear materials! Since such an event is an inevitability, that is a giant nation like Iran, which is certainly entitled like Pakistan, India, Israel to nuclear power, gets fissionable energy. These candidates are assuring nuclear war in our near future.

    Only Ron Paul repudiated this. He final statement on turning away from 'just war' to 'pre-emptive war' is the great issue of the debate, and he, as Stephen Colbert would say, nailed it.

    If Ron Paul were not at this debate, a terrible omission would have occurred - no one else opposed the idea of nuclear war against Iran if they pursue nuclear power. Ron Paul reiterated that Iran is not a threat to the USA and that pre-emptive war is madness.

    Ron Paul introduced himself as " Champion of the Constitution." That you are, Dr. Paul, that you are.

    May Godspeed you to the high office of the Presidency.

    June 5, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. David Ferraro, Schenectady, New York

    Paul did great in the limited amount of time he had. He is the only one of the republicans that has a chance in the national election due to all the others stance on Iraq and foreign policy.

    Please do not delete this comment...

    June 5, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Timothy Moultrie

    Ron Paul "Gets it." The War, spending, inflation,the invasion of our rights; they are all connected to the fact that we have strayed from Our Constitution. Ron Paul is the only candidate to consistently point that out.

    June 5, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. James

    Ron Paul, baby. Time to to take this country back.

    June 5, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Scott, Alpharetta, GA

    Of course there is no online poll. They don't want Ron Paul to win, which of course he would. The simple fact is the more americans listen to Ron, the more they realize the rest of the Dem/Reps are nothing but puppets, void of any cognitive thinking abilities and just sppewing lies their "handlers" tell them to say.

    June 5, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Jonna Ryan, Cartersville, Georgia

    Dr. Ron Paul introduced himself tonight as a champion of the Constitution. America is in desperate need of a Constitutional Revolution and Dr. Paul was the only man on stage who can deliver.

    Go Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. John, Port St. Lucie Florida

    Ron Paul is the only Republican that tells the truth, makes sense, and can put the country back on the right track. He is a liberal, by the way, not a conservative. He is socially liberal (i.e. protection of life, pacifist) and economically liberal (Democrats are usually economically conservative).

    June 5, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Keith Slippery Rock PA

    I thought Ron Paul did a great job when he had time. I thought CNN did a poor job dividing the time among everyone. I thought America was a democracy you could have fooled me tonight.

    June 5, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Jae, Oceanside, Ca

    I agree with Kirk...CNN...where is the poll?
    Ron Paul would win (in my opinion). Out of these candidates he would get my vote.
    Give Ron Paul the microphone!

    June 5, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Perry Shaw, Porter, Texas

    Ron Paul speaks clearly and stands apart from the other candidates on issues of war, peace, foreign and domestic policy. He answered the questions asked of him in contrast to other candidates who ignored the questions asked and simply presented their scripted talking points.

    June 5, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. William, Franklin, TN

    Yes sir! Ron Paul for President!

    June 5, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. www.ronpaulforums.com

    Ron Paul is dead on!!! I am voting for him and doing everything I can in my free time to convince others. Jump on the bandwagon everyone!!!

    June 5, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Max Vowel II, Edmond, Oklahoma

    You cannot go to war to prevent war. Preemptive war is absurd.

    June 5, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. B Chen, Monrovia, CA

    Ron Paul is so right on, a stark contrast from the macho warmongering corporate socialist posturing of the rest of the pack. America needs Ron Paul.

    June 5, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Ken, Canyon, TX

    Even if he only got about 2 minutes out of the two hours, he made the most sense out of all of the other candidates.

    June 5, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Kevin, Setauket, NY

    I have to agree with Brian from Peroria. Te Neocons have essentially ruined the party. Ron Paul is the only true conservative of the group. How many candidates spoke of individual rights like Congressman Paul.

    June 5, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Davy C Rockett, Tacoma, WA.

    Yes the Christian Conservative will be voting for Ron Paul.
    He definately has a clear vision for America and Americans, not just special interest.
    It's time to get realistic on getting America back on a fiscal and constitutionally responsible track in government, without all the politics,corruption, and rethoric.

    June 5, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Matt Austin, Texas

    This is a message to each of you reading this blog. You must start a local meetup group. If you need help, please contact the Austin, Texas team for assistance. Ron Paul headquarters does not have a lot of cash. We must get Ron elected. Be sure to visit the following:
    Also, if you don't have one already, get a sticker on your car and a sign in your yard now!!! Go eBay if you can't find them locally!! If we unite, we will get a guy into office that puts us as individuals and America first!!!

    June 5, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Darren Cron, Binghamton, NY

    Ron Paul was right on. Pre-emptive warfare should not be the policy of the United States of America.

    June 5, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Jonathan, Quakertown, Pennsylvania

    As a practicing Catholic who is familiar with the just war stance of Christianity's roots during the time of the early Church Fathers, I am proud to endorse a Protestant in Ron Paul. Giuliani has abandoned the truth of the church we share for the sake of warmongering and has thus become something truly grotesque, something truly non-Catholic, something truly non-Christian.

    June 5, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. Andy, Mentor OH

    I cannot believe the Republicans were all talking about Nuking Iran as if it is just another military option. These are NUKES we are talking about. How would like it if China had a debate and Nuking the US was openly discussed. I really don't believe I just heard what I did. The audience were cheering as well! What have we become?

    We must vote for Ron Paul. The alternative it very scary as Russia has 1000s of Nukes and they are sympathetic to Iran.

    June 5, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. John Murphy, Richmond, VA

    I think that Ron Paul is the most sincere presidential candidate that we have seen in a very long time. We have worn our country thin by engaging in so much military intervention.

    June 5, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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