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. Greg, Grand Rapids MI

    Thank goodness we have this candidate still alive in the polls. No pun intended. Still, he is not a fringe candidate like the pundits insist. Ron Paul in 08 and restore our republic!

    June 5, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Pete Widell ,Garysburg, NC

    I was really impressed with Rep. Paul. His comments and stance showed what a real leader is about.Standing up for principles. Standing up and stating what is not popular, but what is right. Giuliani and the rest of the GOP could learn a thing or two from Rep Paul. He has my vote

    June 5, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. Scott McDonnell, Grand Rapids Michigan

    Perhaps it is time we instruct these media outlets how a free market works. Where the consumers revolt and demand they deliver a product that interests us, or they lose business.

    Ron Paul paid his money to appear in the debate, the same as any other candidate.

    I found it interesting how they thought they were going to kick his ass directing that one person in the audience's question at him. It was one of what, two, chances they gave him to answer? Both directed at "family members" of the soldiers.

    Regardless, he stood tall and responded well.

    June 5, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Alex Wallenwein, Houston, Texas.

    Ron Paul says what no one else dares to say, and he says it with lucidity and integrity.

    The reason for the 'disparity' between his Internet numbers and those voting in offline polls is easily explained: Internet users have been exposed to his message, offline voters have not yet.

    We are making sure they are. Whoever is exposed to his message agrees and becomes a passionate supporter. Google the keywords 'ron paul meetup' – and join the fight for what's right!

    June 5, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Lori montrose,co

    Ron Paul clearly won this debate. CNN has even stooped to letting their comentators make fun of the way he holds his arms???? We support ron we will be registering to vote the primaries.

    June 5, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Tim, Marlton, NJ

    Imagine the response, if Ron Paul had shown contempt for the format/moderator and just kept on talking past the time limit. Americans would have walked away more educated.

    June 5, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Burger, Reseda, CA

    Poll is now up! Here – http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/debates/scorecard/gop.debate/

    June 5, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Mike, Kingston, NY

    Ron Paul was right on with this answer.

    June 5, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Merrill Keith, Little Rock, AR

    As a Christian, Ron Paul is the only candidate I could vote for. He won the debate in my mind, on this question alone.

    June 5, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. BZ, Columbus, OH

    Ron Paul is the man!!! The only candidate on stage who told the truth.

    America needs less government, less taxes, less corporatism, and more liberty. Help restore our Constitution, And vote:

    RON PAUL IN 08'!!!

    June 5, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Jacqueline Kosloskey

    It's obvious that CNN has taken the same tack the other 'fair and balanced' network did, which was to skew the debate, early on, to give the so-called front runners the lion's share of the time. Today, Ron Paul topped 14,000 YOU TUBE subscribers, clearly 2x more than ALL the other GOP candidates combined, and 2x more than the nearest presidential contender, Barack Obama. The job is more clearly defined now than ever. We must take Ron Paul's message personally to every American to judge for themselves. The warped media has proven they simply aren't up to the task! Go Dr. Paul – the Rx America needs!

    June 5, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Sara~Charlotte, NC

    This is the only person that talks any sense at all. A true republican by the true definition.

    June 5, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Angela Thornton, Hoffman Estates IL

    I'll bet that if Wulf had bothered to let him answer the question, Paul would have been the only one not anxious to nuke Iran.

    June 5, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. John B. King, cincinnati, ohio

    A great man with solid principles.
    I just wish CNN would actually talk about him on the post-debate shows

    June 5, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Parth Bhakta, Palm Desert, California

    Why does CNN not pay any attention to Ron Paul? This is absurd! The man is the only Republican candidate that makes sense and speaks truthfully.

    June 5, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. Ben Austin TX

    Ron Paul is the winner, but I ask why are the other polls that people have commented on saying so, They are dissaperaing if it does not favor, Romney, McCain or Guilianni.

    I have made several post and the have deleted the whole thing and replaced with a reworded story.
    Are they hoping if they keep asking the basic same question they'll get the answers there looking for????

    Shame CNN..

    June 5, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Bryan, Carrollton TX

    Ron Paul answered the best he could in the little time given.

    Why did Rudy McRomney average nearly 12min each, and all the others averaged under 6min?????????

    I don't think I would call that fair by any means.

    June 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. Rudy, Fresno, CA

    Ron Paul is absolutely correct. Our foreign policy is a threat to our national security. Instigating war, yeah, that's real Christian-like!

    June 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Tom, St. Paul MN

    I just wanted to say, GO RON PAUL!!!

    I wasn't sure if my other comment was going to be posted, since I criticized Giuliani who is the frontman for the corporate elite in the GOP party. I posted it under the "Who won" blog. I noticed that nearly all the 58 comments listed so far are in support of Dr. Paul. And now I'm having trouble finding that blog on the political ticker page...strange.

    Where's the polls CNN? Are you afraid Ron Paul would sweep it?

    June 5, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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  21. David,New Hampshire

    Right on !! Dr. Ron Paul for President. I wish i owned a T.V. network. until then the people continue to be fooled with lies

    June 5, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Dary, Jacksonville FL

    Is it any wonder why (according to the Neo-Cons) the Iranians are trying to develop a nuclear weapon?

    All of the Republican candidates, except 1, support pre-emptive nuclear war.

    Only 1 candidate wants peace.

    June 5, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. Carla Craig, Denham Springs, LA

    Truth, principle, and integrity. We hear it everytime Ron Paul speaks. He is also the only candidate that unites the parties on this issue. He can be a president for American, not a just a specific group.

    June 5, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Jerel Poor, St Louis Missouri

    Right on!

    (Waits for CNN to delete anything Pro-Ron Paul)

    June 5, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Tracy, Kennewick, WA

    While the rest of the candidates aren't seeing the forest through the trees, Ron Paul gets right to the root of the problems. Big Government is the problem, not the solution. Another home run for Ron Paul.

    June 5, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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