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. Al, CA

    Of course, to save country and constitution we need Obama. The country may not survive Bush-3, and Hillary would be wavering along any political wind, as she did with Iraq war. The economy we have now and the Iraq disaster had not come from democratic or republican ideas (which at their best are not so different) – all this came from extremists (call them extreme right or extreme left, or neocons – they are too far from normal politics) – the extremists which used this ignorant son of a president. Now, I would be anyway very reluctant to take risk again with family-based royalty, this time wife of a president. But regardless of that, she is clearly incapable of any reasonable judgment.

    Obama 2008

    May 2, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  2. ShannonL

    can you say CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY!!!!

    May 2, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. Jason Means

    Ron Paul is a true American, willing to look past politics as usual and do whats best for our country.

    May 2, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Frank, MO

    He is one of the honest politicians – I don't agree with him on many issues, but I rather have an honest president than an illusion of a president who is always right.

    Obama is honest, he is smart and he is one of us !


    May 2, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Don't be fooled

    This country will destroy itself if it fails to understanding that resistence to change when on a sure path to destruction is utter insanity! Ron Paul and his supporters along with the Obama movement understand very well what's happening. Evidence of idiots posing as intellgent people is clearly seen in the Clinton, McCain alliance. No matter, Obama will not be denied. He can't be beaten!

    May 2, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. kayg

    Ron Paul & Barack Obama, two men who understand and respect the Constitution. Voters and superdelegates should really consider this when choosing their candidate.

    May 2, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. eli

    He is not endorsing Obama, but between the three, he would vote Obama!!!!

    May 2, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    It's the right thing to do R. Paul. A vote for Obama to stand strong against the Political machine that has take out country into the ground. We don't want the McShame/Bushwacked policies. An no to wrong way Hillary street. I am tired of the Clinton's soap opera drama that disgrace our country with their bedroom blues.

    It time for a change in policies and change for the country.

    May 2, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. After further review,Texas

    Ron Paul is honest. Shame people would rather hear lies.

    May 2, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. sharonl

    Jermaine: A great blog. The world is waiting for Obama to win.

    May 2, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. linda hemmingsen

    what is wrong cnn can't take any critisim of obama? has your boy genuis gone down in the polls so you have to only put negatives of hillary on. truth hurts, but you should of done your job, and reported all the news in an unbiased manner you are supposed to be professionals. again i won't be put on .

    May 2, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. beck from Tn

    Out of all the republicans he made the most sense!!
    Obama/Paul 2008!
    That would make an awesome ticket!!

    May 2, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. Chris

    Yes, McCain will lose because of his "hawkishness" stance on Iraq.

    What we need now more than ever is energy independence. Who's with me on this?

    May 3, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  14. Torn

    I think is time to win the revolution on step at a time. Since foreign policy is are biggest step then Obama it is. I'm crossing lines and voting Obama.

    Yes we can, one step at a time

    May 3, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |

    WOW! WOW! WOW! That says it all for all of you that are Paul supporters we got plenty of room for you on the Obama Train! All aboard!!

    Seriously, Thank you Mr. Paul for your encouraging words of support even if not a commented endorsement. That really takes courage and a strong sense of right from wrong, if only voter will hear your words and those of many others that have made every attempt to explain to voters that Obama is the REAL DEAL on issues that concern this nation and it's people and that's ALL that matters not who he knows, because we ALL know some shady people. All of us to include Hillary and John. Obama is a good man even quoted by his opponets.

    May 3, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. Jason from Colorado

    Ron Paul '16!

    May 3, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  17. joe

    Obama is a stateist socialist and all Paul was ponting out was he may keep you out of a war in the Middle East, he'll spend the money elseware around the world. Screw all three of the CFR candidates. We on the right have the Libratarian or Constitution Party to vote for. Obama supporting the Constitution....oh that's funny. Give me, give me, give me yo money cracker! We don't have enough federal programs to support the da ho's and the bro's!

    May 3, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. Rusty Bedsprings

    Obama/Paul 08 !!!!

    Great way to end divisive, partisan politics AND return America to it's greatness.

    May 3, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. nellie

    Just brilliant. He had to say he likes Obama's foreign policy, but in actuality it's to improve Barack's standing in foreign policy. Barack has done nothing. We are not stupid. Nice try

    May 3, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. Jason

    Ron Paul's compliment towards Obama isn't exactly a complement. He is an egomaniac who is "running for president" just as part of a grand scheme in which he will achieve nothing. By the way, anyone who has any sense at all would never put Ron Paul on their ticket...just throwing that out there.

    May 3, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. Mike

    Paul would fit right in with the "Ivory Tower Limo Liberals" who think they are smarter than the rest of us. Why he continues to call himself a conservative Republican is beyond me.

    May 3, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. JB

    Ron Paul said they are all basically the same but Obama would be slightly better on the war except that he would go spend the money somewhere else anyways.

    That does not equate to "likes Obama's Foreign Policy"


    When voters are ready to go past the Divalicious President Idol stage and get into the real issues, come to and let Ron Paul teach you a few things about real money and real freedom.

    May 3, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. Jim Molmen

    When it comes to domestic policy, Obama and Paul are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. One wants more government, the other wants very little government. Go Ron Paul!

    May 3, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. jo

    Yeah my brother said Ron Paul first Obama second.

    May 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. janet

    If not Obama...then I would consider a vote for this guy....he's not your typical republican war monger...

    May 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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