Rep. Paul: Other candidates "all different"
October 6th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Rep. Paul: Other candidates "all different"

(CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul wouldn't say Thursday if he'd support Texas Governor Rick Perry or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney if either candidate became the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, saying both men would need to change their positions to gain his endorsement.

"None of them are advocating my positions," Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview airing between 4-6 p.m. ET.

"I don't choose to pick, because I see all the other candidates in one group, and they're all different than what I'm talking about," Paul continued. "The foreign policy I advocate, neither one of them do, and the Federal Reserve, I put a tremendous emphasis on that, and civil rights and civil liberties, so I would put all the other candidates in one category, and I think I'm competing with them as one group."

Despite the differences with his fellow Republicans, Paul said he wasn't considering making a bid as a third party candidate if he doesn't end up winning the GOP nomination.

Paul also said he disagreed with fellow candidate Herman Cain, who said Wednesday that protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement should "blame themselves" for not having jobs.

"I don't quite come at it that way," Paul said. "The people losing their jobs, it wasn't their fault that we have a deeply flawed economic system. I am not so anxious to say it's all your fault, if you want to be rich, you can be rich. People are begging and pleading for jobs. There are no jobs as a consequence of bad economic policy."

Paul also said he disagreed with the Democrats' plan to impose a surtax on people earning more than $1 million per year, despite polls that show overwhelming majorities of Americans agreeing with increased taxes for the wealthy.

"Pure democracy sometimes leads to ill advised positions," Paul said. "You know when there's war propaganda going on, and people beat the war drums, and 75% of people say we should go to war, it doesn't mean it's right, ten years later, just because 75% of people said it was right."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. V in Chicago

    Maybe they're not advocating your positions because you are crazy! Unfortunately, Paul says just enough right to keep him from being locked up. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of him, he is sacry as hell. But, go ahead Ronny and spend you money. At least someone is getting paid.

    October 6, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Paul's definition of civil rights is repealing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. HIs son has advocated doing it, and Dr. Paul has neither denied nor decried that opinion. Apparently, they both feel being racist and denying doing business with someone because of their race is a right protected by your freedom of speech. NOT GOOD for a man who wants to be POTUS.

    October 6, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. larry

    How much more logical can you get. Why don't people like this guy again? I will campaign as much as possible for him!

    October 6, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Joe M

    Ha, he really nailed it on the comparison with the Iraq war propaganda. Just because an idea is popular, that doesn't make it automatically right.

    October 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. sector7

    Paul is the only one not scary and is smart enough to get us back on track. The only way he will not win the GOP is if it is hijacked by the corporate elite.

    October 6, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Robert

    Always speaking the truth. Can't we all just stay asleep, Paul? It takes brains to be awake...

    October 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. larry

    Wow, everyone always complains about presidents not following the rules and "V in Chicago" says Ron Paul is crazy because he does follow the rules. I really wish you would actually research the candidate instead of just reading headlines and making your judgements on out of context sound bites.

    October 6, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Bill L.

    V in Chicago...its stupid comments like that alienate I argue close to 1/3 of Republicans who are Ron Paul supporters, if you Isreal worshiping, warmongering, corporate loving, federal reserve hacks keep saying stupid things like he's a nut you are going to lose the election to Obama plain and simple. You need to steal from our platform, its the only way to beat Obama. If you are a democrat then clearly you are fool and this country will go bankrupt with socialist unfunded policies and our dollar will become worthless and we are all screwed..

    October 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ra Russell

    Dr. Paul is right about everything once again. Surely some more viewers were just awakened!

    October 6, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan

    blows against the empire

    Starship – as in Jefferson

    October 6, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. johnny m

    you can't create new jobs with out consumer confidence.i guess our government has to want to do something about it 1st cap the pump " cap the pump " we continue to pay the cost for out of control trading of oil and we the people get to pay the bill. It's time for our government to put some consumer protection in place. people are tired of traders driving futures through the roof driving up the cost of fuel and food. if you put limits at the pump you in turn limit how much oil will trades up to.Cap it at $2 a gallon for 36 months see what that does to consumer confidence that would be are government doing something for the people "Cap the pump" why is this never discussed by any of our candidates or news media. This is why people are in the streets in NYC.

    October 6, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Shelby

    i Ron Paul is the only candidate that actually makes sense. He deserves to win the GOP nomination.
    RP 2012 baby!

    October 6, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Jose Mora

    If ya want B.H.O. for another four, Vote Brylcreem, Boots, Banker, Botox, Brains, Bomber, or Bland ...
    Any one of them should be grand!
    Bouncer and Barracuda just bowed out, and Big Hair Boss was just a lout!
    As for me, it's "Paul or nothing"

    October 6, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Fred

    Vote for peace, vote Ron Paul!

    October 6, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. ThomasK

    I am voting for Ron Paul this time around. I agree with him, no other candidates can match his devotion to the constiution and the cause of liberty and freedom. What's the point of electing one of those other clowns who, despite their rhetoric will do whatever they want once in office. Ron Paul is the only one I believe when he explains his positions and what he believes. He is honest and speaks from the heart.

    October 6, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |