Ron Paul: “Not Quite” Ready to Launch 2012 Presidential Campaign

Ron Paul discusses whether the new faces of the GOP will change the ways of the old, and sends a mixed message about his intentions to run for president in 2012.


David Asman: It’s time to put the same question to Dr. Paul. Good to see you, Congressman, thanks for coming in.

Ron Paul: Thank you David, good to be with you.

David Asman: So do you think that John Boehner gets it, that he really understands what this national rebellion is all about?

Ron Paul: You’re trying to put me on the spot, I don’t know, I can’t read into his mind, but my guess is that he better, I think he is. But that still doesn’t mean that he’ll be following through and that remains to be seen, but I think that goes for all the Republicans, the Conservatives did capitulate, as you pointed out. So the test is not in the election and like you mentioned, the test is really how we handle ourselves. But I don’t hear enough precise things that we would cut. I never hear that the military-industrial complex should be addressed, I never hear that the non-discretionary funding is all the same. I never hear which departments they really want to get rid of.

So it goes on and on, so you just can’t have a little tinkering on the edge. I think you have to deal with the philosophy of government as long as you want big government, you can’t tinker with the edges.

David Asman: Congressman, let us do, you and I, let us do what they won’t do. Let us talk specifics here, now I have thought that two departments could go immediately, even though everybody says “oh that’s too radical,” and you do hear it from some people like Joe Miller and others, and Rand Paul for example who’s your son, who’s also running in Kentucky. The Department of Education was started with the idea of spending a lot of federal dollars in order to improve test scores all over the nation and improve education. It’s failed in that goal. That’s one that I can see go.

Another is the Department of Energy, that was created in order to get us off the dependence on foreign oil. At the time I think we were 60% of our oil was foreign, now it’s something like 70 or 80%, so that also has failed. So there are two departments right there, but you hear a couple of candidates now saying “we can get rid of them.” Do you hear anybody sitting in Congress saying “we should get rid of them?”

Ron Paul: Not seriously, and of course, remember Reagan ran on that but he didn’t get much done after he was elected. But we also have to remember the Department of Education, HEW came in under Eisenhower and here the last chance we had with the Republican Congress and the Republican president, we gave them No Child Left Behind, that’s why the people are so disgusted and that’s why there is a Tea Party Movement because the credibility is on the line and I’m just hoping that we do what we’re supposed to do, but we’ll soon find out, but I can…

David Asman: The one instance that’s happened in the past couple of years have made me question John Boehner, I think more in any, is when Jeff Flake was trying to get on the appropriations committee and it was John Boehner’s appointment, it was his decision as to who would be appointed at that position as minority leader, and rather than putting Jeff Flake on, a guy who was against earmarks from the get go, he was against pork, he sort of campaigned on that issue, John Boehner put a porker from the South on the thing and left Jeff Flake out in the cold. That kind of told me that he didn’t get it back then. that’s why I’m wondering if he gets it now.

Ron Paul: Yeah and it remains to be seen and hopefully the pressure and the election that’s going on will change, I don’t think the Tea Party Movement’s been going unnoticed, but I also see signs that the Tea Party Movement which originally is very spontaneous is also now incorporating some very conventional Republican themes and they’re not dealing with some of the issues that I talked about two years ago.

David Asman: Will there be a fight for the position that John Boehner has as, or that he could have as speaker if the Republicans win, will there be a fight for the speakership?

Ron Paul: I don’t think so, I think, I’ve not heard about that, so I would be surprised if that happened and I wouldn’t know exactly the individual who might replace him or be in the position to do it. So I would suspect that if we win, Boehner will most likely be the speaker.

David Asman: Alright, what about committees? There are some really, talk about Ways and Means for example, the committee that writes most tax legislation decides the ways and means by which tax revenue is spent. Who do you think, do you think we’ll have new folks in there or at least folks like Paul Ryan who is really clear in his Tea Party-like ideas?

Ron Paul: I think Paul Ryan will have a major role to play, I don’t think they’ll push him aside, I think that he has proven himself and I think he will be very much involved. But I also think about and I don’t want to overbear you with this, but taxes occur through inflation too, so ways and means that are real important but if you run up debt and the government prints some money, the people will get taxed. So government is so out of control, it used to be said that if we weren’t in session the people were safe, it doesn’t hold, we’re gone, we’re not even going to go back hardly anymore this year, we weren’t there in August. But regulations continue, the spending continues the…

David Asman: Well and you mentioned…

Ron Paul: Keeps printing money…

David Asman: Inflation is one form of tax so are regulations, regulations add to the cost of doing business, that’s another, and we’ve seen just how many dozens or hundreds or thousands of new regulations in the past 18 months.

Ron Paul: And who passes those? The Constitution says “Only Congress can write law,” aren’t regulations law? And we have thousands and thousands of pages of these regulations written by the executive branch and then we have the judicial branch doing the same thing, they write a lot of legislation and the Congress is home worrying about being elected next year and not doing their job.

David Asman: Well Congressman…

Ron Paul: They renege and defer to the executive branch too often.

David Asman: Clearly it is a question of leadership and who takes the leadership role in the next Congress, but the overall question of leadership leading into 2012 is who runs for the Republican nomination? Are you ready to declare here on Scoreboard here and now that you will be the 2012 candidate for president?

Ron Paul: Not quite, not ready to do that, we have to find out who the first 20 are to sign up, they’ll probably be 20 or 25 who say, well at least that many will be thinking about it. No, in time it’ll come about and you know the issue that I’ve been very interested in and I think that issue is building, I think the dollar now is under attack and if we are anywhere close to a major dollar crisis, I know one thing: I’m going to want to speak out on it because I feel strongly on what we ought to do. And even today the Fed hints again “oh, we might inflate some more” and what happens? Gold jumps up $18, I mean this is…

David Asman: Bernanke is going in exactly the opposite direction of a stronger dollar, Ron Paul, so I did not hear by the way a clear rejection of the idea that you will run for president, you’re leaving the door pretty wide open.

Ron Paul: Absolutely, it’s wide open, but I have no committee, I have no precise plans but I’ve also have not said “no I don’t want to do it, I’m not going to do it.” Under the circumstances I am very reluctant because anybody who really wants to be president under these conditions maybe they ought to be examined first because of the conditions, I mean it is horrendous…

David Asman: I understand.

Ron Paul: The problems that we face and so therefore…

David Asman: It’s like running for the governorship of California or New York, I think it’s the same situation.

Ron Paul: Yeah, […]

David Asman: We got to leave it at that, Congressman Ron Paul good to see you.

  • Rebecca

    Ron Paul,
    I personally think it would be a wonderful thing if you ran for president in our coming election. I would myself but unfortunately I’m only 22 with absolutely no political background. I did vote for Obama because I was terrified of what would happen to McCain if he was in office and even more scared of Palin being president by default. However, sometimes I regret that decision when I read about the new things Obama is doing or hear about what is happening in the military from my son’s father. I don’t exactly know your plans on what would happen in Afghanistan, but I do know that I think it’s time to leave that area because what we do means nothing to those people. They have a completely different way of thinking and us being there wouldn’t stop an terrorist attack, even though they didn’t commit the first ‘terrorist’ attack on 9/11. With that being said, I know your background in politics and have always appreciated your thoughts. I think it would be a wise thing for you to at least try to run for the presidency in 2012. You never know what could happen, stay positive to the possibilities, and keep going strong. You have my support.


    • Clayton

      Not to pick… but what is your objection to Palin?

  • TheAnarchoCapital

    Even fox is in anticipation of Ron announcing he will run!

    However, I question their motives…
    You should never trust Infotainment.

  • crazyfoizl

    tea party is getting a bit hijacked tbh there not true rp people.. the message is different

  • crazyfoizl

    tea party is getting a bit highjacked tbh there not true rp people.. the message is different

  • elfil76

    “It’s wide open” thats awsome..

  • FlyingFish112

    The guys running around Iraq shooting civilians should take note. This is what a true hero looks and sounds like.

  • residentzombie

    Chuck Baldwin or Gary Johnson would make a nice VP candidate to run with President Ron Paul. If Ron runs outside the GOP, then throw in Jesse Ventura as a VP candidate as well. Ventura will never run on the Republicrat ticket.

  • mrdoonbeg

    I LUV RON PAUL in a not gay way

  • Sonnedude

    Please Dr. Paul, run for president. You’re the only person for real “change”

  • captkirkconnell

    Ron Paul is the Man. There is RON PAUL and there is Public Relations campaigns which seek to derail his ideas and momentum.

  • drunkenboxer1985

    Had the neo-cons not hijacked the Tea Party I believe we COULD have had a libertarian minded person in the white house. maybe not, but a better chance than ever. I bet we’ll have a another democrat though. Obama will probably get re-elected


    Ron Paul/Chuck Baldwin 2012!!!!!

  • megagagnon1

    End the fed, End fannie and freddie, End Dept of Energy and Education, End the Dept of Homeland Security, End the wars, Cut the military by 90%, Close all overseas military bases, End all foreign aid, Fire all public sector employees and privatize everything, and End all welfare, corporate and individual. No more Czars. Ron Paul for Emperor.

    • Clayton

      You had me at End the fed and lost me at Emperor.

  • voltrabbit7

    I would elect Ron Paul, not because I believe he could save America but because I believe he would let Americans save themselves.

    The 4th of July isn’t just the day we declared our INDEPENDENCE from British rule, it was the day we declared our INDEPENDENCE as individuals ever after.

  • DesertFerret7

    The Obama adminastrationis waaah waaah waaaaaah…FAIL!!! The TEA party movement is going to become a big anti-government movement. It’s good to see more people will stand behind Ron Paul. George W. Bush is keeping a low profile which was the wise choice he has made since January 2009. The Obama Voters may not wake up soon but it will come back to them hard. November is when the cleansing of the Whitehouse and Congress begins and hopefully it will work otherwise the country breaks in half.

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  • LadyBuggin777

    god love you dr paul you are a sweetheart~

  • JizzonTheDark

    With my luck Ron Paul will get elected and just as things seem to be turning around for the better some super-disaster will destroy the world as we know it. Not that Paul is all that special or charismatic, but the more people that hear him out, it’s that many more who know he is on their side. Already, most intelligent politicians are singing the same tune Paul started humming over 30 years ago.

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    • Clayton

      All he can do is wake people up… now it’s your turn. (and mine)

  • iTellYouNoLie

    he should be getting ready, people want it to happen.