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. Hunter Ames, IA

    FINALLY !!!! we have found conservative in a crowd of liberal warmongers. we have to ask, who's country would Jesus invade?????

    June 5, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Dary, Jacksonville FL

    Two polls



    June 5, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. David Douglas, Gainesville Ga

    Congressman Paul was both candid and consistently correct; Dr Paul cleverly converses with courage and conviction on American concerns.

    June 5, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. -Ray, tierra verde, fl

    with RP being so honest, it's hard to absorb all the logic he so desires. as idealistic as he is, its a shame he wont get elected :[

    June 5, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Tony, Bowling Green Kentucky

    President Ron Paul....Sounds GREAT to me

    June 5, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Josh, Milford, DE

    Dr. Paul was honest, I found it a bit disturbing that Wolf Blitzer didn't allow Ron Paul very much airtime. Ron Paul was the only respectful canidate up there, he didn't argue with Wolf and talk over him. However, I did notice Wolf constantly cut him short way earlier than the other canidates.

    I would go so far as to say that Dr. Paul recieved only 50% of the airtime that Rudolph Guiliani did. I think there should be a buzzer initiated for these debates, and if they do not stop talking they lose time off their next question. They could then weigh in properly on what they thought was most important by overstaying their welcome on their strongpoints, and cutting short their weakpoints...or staying balanced.

    Please CNN, take my advice..it would make things seem less skewed in favor of one canidate over the other.

    Dr. Paul was very honest, and conscise in his answers and did not go off on emotional and personal tangents like many of the other canidates did. I still like Dr. Paul's message in comparison to the other canidates and he has my vote in the Primary.

    Thank you.

    June 5, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Ben, Enid, OK

    RON PAUL 2008!!!

    June 5, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Clay, Portsmouth, NH

    Ron Paul once again has it right. He alone talks about following the Constitution. I'm voting for him.

    June 5, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Craig Rittenhouse, Miami FL

    Oops, found the poll!
    Forget the conspiracy theories for now ( Except for the legitimate issue of the limited time given to Dr. Paul and the other "minor" candidates )
    Dr. Paul also is currently leading many of the categories.
    Go Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Edward Duree

    When I was a kid, I didn't really understand the idea of the power of the establishment. Now I do. I want to here you talk about Ron Paul who everybody seems to love, except the establishment. But CNN does not do it. They minimize him by ignoring him. Forget that the people who have watched the debates think he is the best candidate–CNN, FOX, MSNBC don't acknowledge their own online polls.
    The establishment is dishonest; these people will engage in intellectual dishonesty to keep their power and maintain their financial gain. I want to throw up when I watch them. Wolf Blitzer is such a terrible reporter that he even stated that "all" of the Republican candidtaes are in favor of the war in Iraq. Is he incompetant, or just has no respect for accuracy? Or does he want to ignore and minimize Ron Paul?
    The establishment is very strong and powerful. Thay want to keep what they have.
    Too bad journalists working for CNN, et. al., don't want to just inform us. That's actually what a journalist is supposed to do.

    June 5, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. cee cee, los angeles california

    Ron Paul is a moral and principled human being. I only hope that we have had it with the charlatans (and the media mouths in bed with them) and that we VOTE to reclaim the political process and uphold the Constitution with leaders like Ron Paul.

    June 5, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Adam Meeks, Boston, MA

    In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    June 5, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Pershing Wells, Houma, LA

    I consider myself a "Southern Liberal". I reject the fake morality of the current Republican Party. I reject the goofyness of the extreme left wing like PETA and even MOVEON.ORG (although for the most part I agree with latter). Ron Paul makes the most sense to me. This guy is the ONLY Republican that I could EVER consider voting for.

    June 5, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. Ashley, Oklahoma City, Ok

    It's about time we heard from a candidate that is more concerned about upholding the principles of the Constitution than personal empowerment. We should all stand up in support of this man.

    June 5, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Wally, Hurricane WV

    Ron Paul is a waste. He has no chance of getting the nomination and takes valuable time away from other candiadtes who actually have a chance. Anyone who is a true conservative would never vote for a cadidate like Paul. Also anyone who thinks WE are at fault for terrorists killing our men and women cant be taken seriuosly.

    June 5, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Robert Charles Milton, Canada

    Obviosly Ron Paul is the one who stands out with his truth. Sometimes the truth hurts but he would work to fix coruption in the government systems.He stands for the freedom that America is based on. He speaks for every true patriot American who loves America and cares about their childrens futures

    June 5, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Nan, Bryan TX

    Well America! Ron Paul and Mike Gravel deserve our support. We have the power, let's do it! And don't let talking idiots on TV who know "better" than you, tell you they don't have a chance.

    June 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. Bruce Arnold, McDonald County, Missouri

    I know most people reading this are already Ron Paul supporters, because of the "clever" way that CNN set this blog up, but... IF YOU ARE STILL UNDECIDED, take an hour or two and research Ron Paul online! If you love America, liberty, and respect the U.S. Constitution, you'll love Ron Paul! He is the only candidate that deserves your vote.

    June 5, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. chaz, little rock, arkansas

    Ron paul CLEARLY won.

    June 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. Casey Hargett Greenwood, Indiana

    As I was reading this thread, it went from 60 comments to 45....they are afraid of Dr. Paul! It is criminal that he did not get as much face time as the "big three". That's okay, he's got my vote, and the vote of anyone else I can convince! I firmly believe that he has more exposure than "they" think, and that he stands a much better chance of getting the nomination, too. This is the internet age, and Americans can do their homework for themselves where the candidates are concerned. Vote Ron Paul!

    June 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. M. Davis, Orlando, Fl.

    If there was ever any doubt that CNN is a shill for the Establishment then tonight should remove it. It is obvious that the truth must be hidden and the Welfare/Warfare State Agenda shoved down America's throat. Ron Paul is a real man among phony boys. I gave up voting in disgust years ago because there has been no real choice. Ron Paul inspires me to give it one more try. He is America's last chance to be free again.

    June 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. Ryan, Gardner, Massachusetts

    Ron Paul did great with the little time he was given, I've seen one count that Dr. Paul only had 5 mins of speaking time tonight.

    Check out the Debate Scorecard, Ron Paul is currently getting the most votes for who won tonight!

    June 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. Andy, Sterling, Virginia

    Ron Paul is the only hope this nation has. I can't believe the hypocrisy we've seen in the series of debates so far. According to multiple polls, 70-percent of the American people have turned against the Iraq War, yet it seems your pseudo-analysts, especially Amy Holmes, think that Dr. Paul's position is not supported by Republicans.

    It's not a coincidence that Dr. Paul got less than 6 minutes of air time in a 2 hour "debate." All of the MSM are hyping the "big money" candidates, and there is little difference among them on the issues that really matter.

    If CNN practiced responsible journalism, they would have more equal time allocated among all the candidates, not just the MSM's favorite three.

    June 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Bill, Setauket, NY

    Ron Paul is the one viable candidate because his stance and voting record is now and always has been in accord with the Constitution for the United States. He warned us about the Iraq war and nobody listened. He is warning again that preemptive war is unconstitutional and is a move in opposition to liberty.

    June 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  25. Mac, Charlotte NC

    It was sad that he did not get fair share of air time.

    June 5, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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