Paul Talks Policy, Politics and Independent Run
“I've had a message that's been the same. But the message becomes more appropriate every day,” Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) said of his position in the polls and how he can translate that into winning the Republican nomination.
Among other things, Paul has long been a proponent of drastically cutting government spending and bureaucracy, two positions that especially resonate with the Republican primary electorate this election cycle.
“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace pointed out that one area which may keep Paul from getting more support among primary Republican voters is his views on foreign policy.
Paul rejects the label of isolationism as it pertains to his views on the subject.
“Isolationism is when you put on tariffs and protectionism and you don't want to trade with people and you don't want to travel. And mine is the opposite. Mine is really very open. But I don't want troops around the world because I think it hurts our national defense.”
The Texas Republican has put out an aggressive budget plan that would cut $1 trillion in federal spending in year one, and proposes to balance the budget in three years.
There are some even on the right who say cuts that drastic would damage the weak economy.
“That's exactly what they said after World War II, and they cut the budget 60 percent and they cut taxes 30 percent, and released 10 million people from the military and we finally had an economic boom for the first time since the 1920s.”
Paul was asked whether he would support the Republican nominee for president if it was not him.
“Probably not unless I get to talk to them and find out what they believe in."
Finally, Paul was asked whether he would be interested in a third party, independent run for president if he does not get the Republican nomination.
“I have no intention doing that. That doesn't make sense to me to even think about it, let alone plan to do that.”
“Because I don't want to do it. That's the reason.”