In a candid interview on the Alex Jones show, Ron Paul expressed his doubts that he would be invited to the GOP convention, but made clear that he and his supporters would have a presence and nearby rally anyway.
He went on to extend what could be seen as an olive branch to the Republican Party by suggesting that he could neutralize some of Obama’s support:
I would say on foreign policy Obama probably sounds more reasonable. But, I know who he is, I know what he believes in, and I don’t believe that if we have an Obama presidency all of a sudden we’ll have a more sensible foreign policy… the same forces will have their control. [...]
It’s interesting that [Obama] does appeal to some of the very same people we appeal to because he wants to have change, but has he been very specific? Does he talk about a non-interventionist foreign policy, or sound money, or attacking the military-industrial complex, bringing the troops home, balancing the budget? No, none of that, but still superficially, when people hear him, they say “Oh yeah, he’s different, he’s gonna have changes, and he sounds something like Ron Paul, and he has a chance, I’m going with Obama!”
In a way the Republicans should welcome me because I could neutralize some of the young people’s support for Obama.
But I think [...] it isn’t the Republicans that run the show or the Democrats. It’s the powerful special interests, the elite, who control both parties, [...] they’re the ones who are frightened from our ideas, because they would be very intimidated by say a gold standard, or a non-interventionist foreign policy where we’re not policing the world, and where we challenge the military-industrial complex.
But if it were strictly a political ploy, I would think that we could serve the Republican interest. They should welcome us, a couple of million people coming in, why offend us, and then we would neutralize some of this enthusiasm for Obama, but I think the controlling interests are the ones who are the most important in this story.
Listen to the full interview below:
Another memorable quote – a somber warning:
If they start wanting to tax and control and regulate the Internet and going after radio talk show hosts, that’s when we’ll be in big trouble. We complain a lot about how bad things are going but I still brag that we do live in a good country and it’s worth saving and we’ve had great traditions, and I’ve been pretty fortunate to run on what I believe in and vote that way and still get reelected so, as bad as things are we don’t live in a totalitarian state, although that’s what we fear, and that’s why we have to be alert and vigilant, because if they move quickly to get rid of our ability to communicate then we’re in big trouble.