May 2nd, 2008
10:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Paul: Not ready to endorse McCain, likes Obama's foreign policy


Paul on his presidential run: 'The race is still on'.

(CNN) - Even though Rep. Ron Paul has never officially ended his long shot presidential bid, he’s ready to weigh in on the three remaining major candidates for the White House.

In an interview on The Situation Room, Paul told Wolf Blitzer that endorsing Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, “would really confuse” his supporters “because they know we have a precise program and we have to defend that program.”

Having a Republican win the upcoming presidential election is “secondary” for Paul who is more interested in defending the Constitution, having the country go in what he considers the right direction, having a sound currency, and achieving balanced budgets. Paul parts ways with McCain over McCain’s support for the Iraq war, his approach to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and his willingness to spend federal dollars to support military operations in Iraq.

Instead, Paul favors Sen. Barack Obama because of positions on foreign policy. “But that’s doesn’t mean that’s an endorsement,” Paul quickly added.

Paul recently released a new book titled “The Revolution: a Manifesto.” “Unfortunately, it is revolutionary to talk about obeying the Constitution,” Paul said of the book’s title.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy • Hillary Clinton • Iraq • John McCain • Ron Paul
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. David Minneapolis

    Ron Paul is going to endorse Barack Obama. This would bode very well for him in the general election, given the fact that Ron Paul has been picking up a lot of independent votes. It would also signal the weakness of the McCain campaign and would negate any effect that Ralph Nader might have on the final outcome.

    May 2, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Jay Shah

    As a Ron Paul supporter, I hope he endorses Barack Obama. Obama would in fact defend the consitution, end the war in Iraq, and have a noble foreign policy.

    May 2, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Come on Paul...its okay! Obama has taught constitutional law, believes in balancing budgets, and has a sensible foreign policy. These are three strikes against McCanin and two strikes against Hillary.

    Come on aboard Ron Paul and supporters...the Obama train is leaving the station on June 3rd.

    May 2, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    Superdelegates take note

    May 2, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Eugene

    What about the Clinton Mob connection and the Drug Dealing brother of Hillary Clinton. The Peter Paul Case nothing has been said about this..

    Why is the new refusing to show this?

    May 2, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. James

    If not Obama, then Paul!

    May 2, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |

    Can CNN please educate us on clinton's court case in November?


    May 2, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Jim B

    I'm glad to hear the Paul supports Obama. Regardless of what you think of Paul's positions on the issues, he is clearly a man of integrity. He has this in common with Obama.

    May 2, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Patrick

    God, who care who Rue Paul endorses? How many votes can he deliver? 1,000 nationally?

    May 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Randy

    Paul for Obama's VP!

    May 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Mel in Montana

    Aww, go ahead and endorse Senator Obama, Dr. Paul.

    We won't mind....really!

    May 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. AB

    Change we can believe in

    Obama 08

    May 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Liz SC

    Paul, Obama could use that endorsement whenever you ready. Come on over to the Obama side of change.

    May 2, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. Mike d.

    obama/paul 08!

    May 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Wake up America!

    This guy is so much better than McSame.

    May 2, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. Rhonda Davis

    Please note that . Joe Andrew say's it PERFECT!!!I am 41, catholic, first time voter because of Obama's inspiration. If he is not on the ballot in November I and my family will not vote for Hillary...not trusted at all here...Thank you, Rhonda

    May 2, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. joe






    May 2, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Voter

    Ron Paul is one really great American.......

    May 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. Willy

    Well Pauly you can always endorse Al Franken.

    May 2, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. tigerakabj

    Even though it is not an endorsement Paul, I thank you for at least acknowledging something positive about Obama, especially since Clinton or anyone else has not. I respect the fact that you support the Constitution too. Indeed, Obama has taught it and has obeyed it and will obey it as president. So these are other similarities that I am happy to illustrate.

    If I wasn't an Obama supporter, I would vote for you. I have a feeling you represent a new Republican party that will have playing a major role in the future. Like Obama, I agree that the Republicans (not the neocons) and Democrats can disagree without being disagreeable. Hopefully the two parties will be very cordial to each other in the coming future.

    May 2, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. chris CA

    he will endorse obama. he'll have no choice.

    May 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. arthurW from Virginia

    Boy, Elisabeth Taylor, Ron Paul.... who could be next that we shouldn't have to hear about?

    May 2, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. melikeyhill

    Ron paul you are on target, endorse OBAMA!

    May 2, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. End the Madness

    I agree, the reps and senators that are sent to Washington, should not be all about the party interest. Upholding the Constitution is important, by doing that we can be more unified as a country! The Constitution is for the people, not for the party!

    May 2, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. Roy P

    He knows a vote for Obama is a vote for McCain. Why hurry.

    May 2, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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