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. Incoming Sniper Fire

    okay so does that mean the Ron Paul supporters will vote for Obama??? Come on Ron Paul supporters! Join us!

    May 2, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Ron Paul is intellectually as goofy as he looks

    May 2, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. Yes Joe - Raleigh, NC.

    Ron Paul wants Obama. As a republican, he knows that he's no match for the GOP. A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain. Save the democratic party by voting for Hillary!

    May 2, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. nav

    Smart people / real educated people like Barack Obama.
    onlt few not fair minded pepple like clinton.

    Look Sen.Paul (Presidential Candidate) Republican favors Sen. Barack Obama because of positions on foreign policy, instead of john mcccain.


    May 2, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. bern

    Actually, Ron Paul endorsing Obama makes a bunch of sense. Whatever else you might think about Paul, he does seem to recognize the need to preserve the constitution and individual rights. I think that is consistent in principle with the return to the constitution advocated by Barack. It is, in any case, a much better approach then the Bush / McCain neo-gestapo approach to the Bill of Rights. I'm am less convinced that their foreign policy are very compatible in fact but it is likely a better fit then McCain. Both Paul and Obama want to end the war but Obama is not an isolationist and I think Paul essentially is.

    May 2, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. George

    He doesn't really like any of the candidates... they all pretty much stand for the same thing! But I guess even he has to pick someone....

    May 2, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. Jodie from Idaho

    I am a conservative republican and I am for Obama too. This is why he will win in November. He has a quiet strength and I respect him for his accomplishments in his life. He will make a great president who will work to restore our place in the world.

    May 2, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Walt, Belton,TX

    Here's another wisp of wisdom from the Huffington of the Republican Party. The grapes of wrath taste good yet?

    May 2, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. sophia nyc

    Obama '08. You know you want to!

    May 2, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. Aaron

    You people still don't get it...we Paul people don't want a 100 year war or a welfare state with 65% income tax....That means we can't vote for McCain, Clinton, or Obama.

    May 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. wonderful in washington

    it was not an indorsment. way to go and not pay attention... oh, thats why your voteing for obama.

    May 2, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Jermaine

    There is Hope! I am a military officer, a TEXAN who switch prior to the Primary to cast my vote for OBAMA. I am base in Oklahoma and Ron Paul bumper stickers, along with OBAMA can be seen on many Soldier's vehicles. I wrote to the DNC today 2nd May for OBAMA to meet with Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Govenorator of California, Jesse Vantura, Bloomberg, Ross Perot and other's to unit America. OBAMA is a strong constitutionalist and have a President who pledge to govern under the terms of the American constitution is more important than one who wears a flag pin and lack judgement or one who want's vote base on party affiliation. I pride myself of been an Officer and a Soldier and the constitution is most important. McCain is a Manchurian Candidate, Hillary is a Nixon in disguised and at worst a Communist. OBAMA is a Lincoln Constinutionist and his push for a Foreign Policy that makes sense and an America that is "AMERICA STRONG!" (Jermaine Athill, US Army), will ensure that we are respected the world over again. The time for CHANGE, and action is now, YES WE CAN, and RON PAUL have shown that leadership who have judgement see unity and the constitution above all divisive, pandering, racist, fear mongering tactics that have become the mainstay of Hillary/Mccain and the MSM.


    May 2, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. DemocracyNow2008

    Obama/Paul 08 Yes We Can

    May 2, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. dj

    We like him too Ron. We like him too!!

    Obama is what this country needs.

    May 2, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. Ron Paul Supporter

    No way, I will never vote for Obama. He is the worst candidate of the three. We need a third party and I hope Paul runs. We need to save our democracy by getting rid of our two party system. Let's not be crazy and elect Obama!!!

    I am disappointed in you Ron, we need to stop the Obama cult

    Announce that you are going to run Ron and beat both parties

    May 2, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Rebecca

    Rep. Paul, please have your name on the ballot this fall. Maybe you can even be the VP under Obama. Now that would be CHANGE. I am an Obama supporter, but you would be my second choice without question. Your stand on Iraq is not only ethical but very courageous being in the Republican Party. I greatly applaud you for standing up to your counterparts. Thank you for your service.

    May 2, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. dl

    Give me a break.
    Hillary or McCain 08..
    Obama/ Ron Paul..
    Now thats the ticket. Please

    May 2, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Jed in Texas

    Ron Paul is a true patriot.I dont agree with him on some points but at least I trust him.

    May 2, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Rob

    I really wanted Ron Paul to win, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that Obama is the only DECENT choice left. I'll probably vote for him, because Hillary is a liar and McCain is obsessed with war.

    May 2, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. Jim in Indiana

    What Ron Paul said about Obama is ten time more important than anything Elizabeth Taylor has to say. Other GOP VIPs who have complimented Obama without a formal endorsement: Chuck Hagel and Colin Powell. Both are Nam vets. Enough said.

    May 2, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. jimmy

    Another radical for radicals. Give me a break.

    May 2, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Tim

    Come on Ron Paul, don't let Party lines stop you from endorsing a great candidate. In this story you showed you approve of Obama's Policys. Plus in one of the Republican Debates you even stated that Obama's views were much like your own. Do America a great favor, and endorse Obama like you want to do.

    May 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. Rick S

    Obama and Paul are pretty similar on foriegn policy and personal freedom. Obama really shines as a leader. Paul really shines on economic policy and would make a great addition to Obama's administration on economic matters.

    May 2, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. Like the Idea

    OBAMA/Paul 08

    May 2, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. xtina, chicago IL

    there's no way Ron Paul likes all of Obama's policies. Obama wants to make government regulation and power the mainstays of his administration. it's almost as if obama wants to see our country crumble so he can apply his vast socialist plan. Im sick of obama and his wife mocking our country and saying we're not a great country.

    May 2, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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