Ron Paul: I’m Running for President!

Date: 05/13/2011

George Stephanopoulos: Congressman Ron Paul joins us now from New Hampshire. Good morning, congressman. You ran in 1988, you ran in 2008. Are you running in 2012?

Ron Paul: I am. Today, at this moment, I’m officially announcing that I am a candidate for president in the Republican primary.

George Stephanopoulos: Why?

Ron Paul: Because time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years. So I think the time is right.

George Stephanopoulos: Well, this is a big step for you, Congressman. Congratulations. And as you said at the beginning, you’re not afraid to cause controversies. You seem to be doing it again. Right now, just yesterday, we showed it in John Crow’s piece, you came out against the way that President Obama conducted that raid against Osama Bin Laden, while more than 90% of the American public support it. Why are you against it?

Ron Paul: Well, I was talking about the procedure. You know, I endorsed the whole idea of going after him, I supported going in to Afghanistan. I thought we blew it then. We had them cornered and we let them get lose, and we then went and invaded Iraq. We’ve spent a trillion dollars, we’ve lost 5000 American lives, we’ve killed many, many innocent people. So the process has being very bad. So I have no qualms about getting him, I’m delighted he’s gone. But the whole thing is we could have done it differently.

George Stephanopoulos: How could we have done it differently?

Ron Paul: And besides , ignoring the Pakistani government doesn’t help us at all. It looks like we’re trying to be more antagonistic towards the Pakistanis. They have helped us in the past to catch many terrorist, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that.

George Stephanopoulos: But you would have taken risk?

Ron Paul: I think the process is definitely different. If you compare what we did after World War II, think of the worst Nazis who committed the holocaust, you know, we arrested them, we tried them and we hung them. I don’t know why we have to embark on a whole new system just because the people get rattled up. The politicians can rattle the people up. And after the dust settles, they might say, “Well, you know, there could have been a better way”. The other thing is, to make a decision on this whole process is a little premature. Every day we hear a different story about exactly what happened. So I was asked whether I could do it differently, and I said yes, and I think that the goals and the results would have been better. But I’m really worried about building this animosity with the Pakistanis right now. I’m all for cutting the foreign aid, I would have never given them any money, but I’m afraid that we’ve already expanded the war in to Pakistan. We’ve been bombing them, and at the same time wee bomb them, we give them foreign aid. So I think that the whole process now is to build up the enemy in Pakistan so that we have a massive invasion there and spread the war.

George Stephanopoulos: Let me turn to some issues here at home. Celia from Springfield, Ohio wants to tell us just how far your libertarian principles take you. She asks, “Do you think everyone should just be responsible for themselves, and if a flood washes your house away, no FEMA? Sink or swim?”

Ron Paul: No, I think that’s the way a free society works, and that’s the way the constitution mandates. I’m on the Gulf Coast, I have a house on the beach, or had one recently. And I don’t think somebody in New York or New Hampshire or Iowa has to pay for my flood on the Gulf Coast.

George Stephanopoulos: So how far would you go?

Ron Paul: So I bet insurance is an old fashioned way of doing it: buy insurance. And if insurance won’t sell it to you, it means it’s too dangerous. If it’s too dangerous, why dump the responsibility on the tax payer. It doesn’t make economic sense, it doesn’t make good moral sense, it doesn’t constitutional sense.

George Stephanopoulos: John showed in his piece that you would also give states the rights to legalize heroine if they wanted to. And you’re at odds with your Republican Party on so many issues: on foreign policy, on domestic policy, on social policy. Why not run as an independent, given your differences with the Republicans on some of the issues.

Ron Paul: Well, I would like to qualify a little bit about the drugs, but the question is why not I run as an independent. Because we don’t have true democracy in this country. We lose lives going overseas spreading our goodness and our great democracy, and we orchestrate elections and if we don’t like them, we avoid them, we ignore them, so we get the people that we support and the people in the CIA supports. But running as an independent here is just about impossible unless you’re a Billionaire like Ross Perot. You don’t get on debates. If I was in independent, George, you would not have me on this program this morning.

George Stephanopoulos: I’m not sure about it.

Ron Paul: I’ve been a Republican for all these years, I was elected to Congress as a Republican, my family is Republican. And I was out of the Republican Party for one year. There’s nothing wrong with nudging the Republicans to a true constitutional position to stick to their guns on fiscal conservatism.

George Stephanopoulos: Congressman, we only have a few seconds left. Last time around, you bet me everything I had in my pocket that you would win the presidency. It didn’t quite turn out that way. How do you define success this time around, in 10 seconds.

Ron Paul: My success is, I always win, you know, because the victories are one thing. But we win elections when people said we never could win elections. So I define by doing very well, I believe right now that me coming in No.1 in the Republican primary is an absolute possibility. Many, many times better than it was 4 years ago. Our troops, our supporters, the grassroots are enthusiastic, more so than they ever were. I was impressed, I’m super impressed now with the enthusiasm that we’re getting.

George Stephanopoulos: Okay. Well, good luck, Congressman.

Ron Paul: Thank you.


  • MrOwkoob66

    Ron Paul has to win. Or we may face a grim future.

  • kreendurron

    lol…. smart on his part to just keep talking over the commentators questions, cuz they are all leading questions

  • King100Joe

    American’s vote for ron paul. the other people should be killed and all their properties taken.

  • ggeorgewashington

    Mr. Ron Paul for 2012 Republican Nom and President.
    -Strengthen our USD
    -No Inflation
    -Balance the Budget
    -No Mandated Healthcare
    -Creates MANY JOBS
    -New Crop Industries
    -Free Market
    -Very Pro Life
    -No Bailout
    -No Patriot Act
    -Stays out of foreign DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, but contract/trade with all
    -No Unjustified War with no objectives
    -Brings our Troops Home after over 10 YEARS OF FIGHTING!!!!
    The US could have fought WWII twice in 10 Years!

    Thank You
    Mr. Ron Paul 2012


    ron paul is the only leader that can fix this nation. the rest are total prostitutes, and tyrants.

  • doldei

    I am not american but I can say that you don’t have that much of a doubt about your vote decision ! Ron Paul is the President for the people , you have the right and the duty of granting him your vote !

  • ShenFromTerraTraba

    I don’t see having an objectivist for president as a particularly good idea.

  • Metallicafan6611

    Ron Paul has my vote! Everyone else in Michigan needs to vote for him too so he can win the electoral college for Michigan.

  • TheMidwestsk8ter

    jaque fresco

  • DavidBylsma

    I pray the media grants him equal air-time.

  • gato123452

    Obama was a good president but now its time to have a even better one i hope he becomes president so i can go back to USA

  • miracleneeded

    People who condemn him … have NOT heard him. LISTEN it pays enormous dividends! If you do not get it you may never get it, the people who hear him LOVE him. He has it right like no other. LISTEN closely before you lose all your liberties and have to eventually wear a star across your back!! THINK and you may get it!!

  • miracleneeded

    That is NOT what happened either, I watched your interview, you condescending JERK, that is NOT what happened, he did not bet you, you are a true jerk and I never watch your programming!!

  • miracleneeded

    George. . . “legalize Heroin….” my ass. You need to do some research about what Dr. Paul states about drugs, you JERK!!!

  • miracleneeded

    Ron Paul, better person than me, I would want to slap the smack right off that condescending putz!! Good for you ofr holding your own, they would NEVER speak so friggin’ down to Obama, BUSH, Clinton, at all, those ALL left us TRILLIONS in debt, and NOW people are waking up, finally after Ron Paul has been speaking about it for years. Ron Paul speaks of MARK AND STRIKE, instead of all these young Americans dying for the past 10 years. George you are truly a JERK!

  • GoOFiGiRLo8o2

    legalize it !

  • miracleneeded

    I cannot stand Stephanopooul, he is a scum-bag. I trun him off when I see him, the second I see him. He is a PIG!

  • RebelConserve

    Dr. No = No more bullshit

  • TheBelldiver

    I support Ron Paul’s political views more than 95%. That’s pretty high.

  • staceyvitale

    I love Ron Paul…He’s got my vote 1,000,000 percent !!!!