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. Peter

    Mr. Paul is the only one of these clowns (and clownettes) that doesn't come off as a liar or hypocrite. I heard what you said and it was not an endorsement, but you said it clear and fair! God bless.

    May 3, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. The new flavor

    Reaching across the aisle!

    May 3, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  3. alan

    One unqualified whack job endorses another unqualified whack job.

    May 3, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. Jesse


    Hello now we have a Rep saying he like Obama publiclly

    Obama's truth and honest way of doing things is why people are voting for him

    May 3, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Shirley

    Ron Paul believes in our Constitution as does Senator Obama. I would have voted for Paul if he would just have campaigned.

    May 3, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  6. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Total capitulation to aggressors and blame America people. Does this surprise you?

    May 3, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  7. David

    I really like Ron Paul, he just has a lot of common sense. He drew a lot of cheers from the republican debates concerning foreign policy. I can't believe, and am dissappointed that McCain has got the Republican nomination. Obama and Paul has the best foreign policy judgement. Obama '08!

    May 3, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Ca Native

    Ron Paul is not and never been a Republican. The guy is a libertarian – hence why he never breached double-digit support nationally. Ron Paul's endorsement is as meaningful as Dennis Kucinich.

    But go ahead RP – show us all just how much of an idiot you really are. I'm sure the conservatives in Texas will vote for a democrat to replace you too.

    May 3, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  9. franco

    I am confused... What is this guy Ron Paul talking about? The Obama foreign policy? Leave Iraq and invade Afganistan? Have a meeting with known terrorist enemies? How simple! No wonder this guy didn't
    get any support, should have had Oho-pra support him.

    May 3, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  10. Chris, Albany, NY

    I'd vote for an Obama/Paul ticket

    May 3, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  11. Janice Hough

    You may not agree with Ron Paul's beliefs, but at least he has some!

    And he's clearly not saying nice things about Obama in hopes of being Vice President or getting a cabinet position. Good for him for speaking his mind.

    May 3, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. Paula in WI

    This will help Obama.Clinton got support from Liz Taylor.LOL...Michael Jackson's friend.Clinton can't get decent support.

    May 3, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. Ross in MD

    A lot of Ron Paul supporters will go for Obama because of his fiscal responsibility and foreign policy ideas – an actual endorsement would be helpful though.

    May 3, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  14. James

    Ron Paul will never endorse Obama. While he may appreciate some parts of his foreign policy, Obama's economic policies are something Ron Paul abhors. Obama is not about small government and less Federal interference in our personal lives and he has no clue about monetary policy and the damaging effects of the Federal Reserve which Ron Paul preaches. For all of you starry eyed Obama supporters thinking you will get an endorsement from Ron Paul, think again. As a Ron Paul supporter, I (as well as most every other Paul supporter I know) would never vote for Obama in an election (that goes for McCain and Clinton as well).

    May 3, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. Frustrated with the HillyBilly's

    I respect Mr Paul's honesty.

    Elizabeth Taylor thought Michael Jackson was an innocent victim. too. She's another aging woman who wants to see a skirt in the WH before she dies. Oh wait... Hillary doesn't wear a skirt. A pantsuit will have to due.

    I hope all of the educated people in IN can do a quick schooling of the uneducated. Why ever should the uneducated voters determine the election?

    May 3, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  16. hamstring

    Please Obama thinks that anything outside of Chicago is foreign!

    May 3, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  17. RP08

    @Ca Native

    Ron Paul has been an elected Republican in Congress for many years, and was reelected this year by over 70%.

    May 3, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  18. richard

    Black Activist Alice Palmer Trusted Barack Obama

    In 1995, Alice Palmer was a longtime Black activist, a "beloved elder stateswoman" in the Illinois state senate. She had a record of ??? and had earned a 'safe seat' – ie, no one even tried to run agaisnt her. She was doing excellent work for the Black activist community, and holding that seat securely for them, so they could spend their resources elsewhere.

    Barack Obama had never run for office. He was a how-old wannabee hanging around the activist group/, hoping for someone to give him a boost.

    Palmer had a chance to run in a special election for a higher office. She wanted someone to keep her 'safe seat' warm, stepping aside for her to have her seat back if necessary, but getting to inherit her seat if she won the higher office.

    Obama was young, with an inspiring manner and an innocent grin. Palmer trusted him.

    She introduced him to party elders and donors* as her probable successor, and helped him gather signatures to get on the ballot. She didn't get her agreement with him in writing. She trusted him.

    Then Palmer's higher race went badly. To get on the ballot for her old seat, she also gathered signatures, all under the 1995 list of registered voters – hastily, collecting only the minimum number of signatures needed. When she and party elders asked Obama to keep his word and withdraw, offering him help in getting an additional post elsewhere, Obama refused. So Palmer prepared to let the voters decide between them.

    But instead of letting the voters decide, Obama got Palmer (as well as the rest of his opponents) knocked off the ballot for her own seat. As soon as a 1996 list of registered voters went into effect, he challenged all their signatures against the new list. Since some voters had moved or died, not enough matches could be found. (Obama's own signatures were never put to the same test.)

    So Obama charged Palmer with 'fraud', had her disgraced and knocked out of politics – rather than run a fair contest against her.

    Running as the only name on the ballot, Obama took Palmer's safe seat. Soon he abandoned it for an unsuccessful higher office run himself. So instead of Palmer in her safe seat and Obama in another seat, their party had lost them both.

    Palmer made some mistakes, but she is not running for President of the US on a claim of judgement and unity and courtesy, as Obama claims to be. Palmer's mistakes came from innocent optomism – and trusting Barack Obama....

    May 3, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  19. Mike

    Ron Paul never says he likes Obama's foreign policy. The title of this post is deceiving.

    I am a Ron Paul supporter.

    I will never support or vote for Senator Obama.

    May 3, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  20. Ben

    A lot of ignorance againts Ron Paul being posted here by people who really have no idea what they are talking about.
    I researched Clinton, Obama, and McCain, as well as all the other candidates. Paul is the right choice.
    For those who don't believe so, you're only making that decision based on a few media soundbytes and smear articles without basis.
    Ronald Reagan commended this man. So did John McCain. He is consitently called the most honest man in Congress, who has the best grip on the economy (CHAIR of the House Finance Committee – Bernanke addresses him in committe, so he's no slouch) and foreign policy (according to Reagan himself).

    My advice would be to read his book or don't speak about what you don't know. All you hear are people talking in ignorance against Paul, never actually addressing any of his constitutional positions – which by the way means that if you think his ideals are off base then you don't believe in our constitution.

    The Revolution : A Manifesto, is simply brillant. If you value freedom, liberty, and your dollar, it is worth your time to educate yourself before they all are taken away from you.

    Take a read – it will change your entire outlook on our government. Or just take the blue pill, and to back to sleep.

    May 3, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  21. Dave

    I think Ron Paul fell on his head, He's talking like an empty headed obamanite!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  22. Jimmie Sioux Falls

    Franco maybe you have been living in LA LA LAND!!!! we have been in Afghanistan since late 2001 so it's not an invasion, it's called finishing the job which was to get Bin Laden, but instead we invaded Iraq which had nothing to do with Bin Ladenand 9/11. And second it is quit obvious that people like you don't leave the US because you seem to think that America runs everything and everybody should fall on their knees and worship us, NOT!!! Countries with government's are soviergn nations; just because we don't agree with that government on human right issues doesn't give us the right to dictate and tell them what they can an can't do, that's the reason why a lot of countries HATE US and are not willing to make an effort because a majority of the time America only is doing whats in it political and financial interest. Quit being so naive thinking that our American government has not done some bad things in the past that make other countries feel the way they do about us. The sooner we acknowledge that western rule doesn't fit every country just because we think it should the better our own American citizens will be.

    May 3, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  23. nalynd vogt

    haha to the person who said "the conservatives in texas will vote for a democrat to replace you too"..... since there is no democrat for them to vote for. Ca Native who's the idiot now? LOL. To alan: Does having been a long-term congressman, military serviceman, doctor, and loyal husband make you an "unqualified whack job"? Re-think that one. Peter you got the nail on the head wish more of the above actually listened to what people say. That's a lost art isn't it? Listening........ Obama supporters good luck you have the least of the evils and will probably win. ROCK ON!

    May 3, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  24. MacMo

    Even though he didnt endorse Obama, he endorsed his foreign policy. I bet Ron Paul will also endorse Obama's take on the gas tax holiday issue. I voted Ron Paul in the primary and I'm going to vote Obama in the GE.

    May 3, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  25. Proud American

    Ron Paul the only Republican with any common sense!!

    May 3, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
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