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.


  • ranthony1903

    All the media, the Democrats, and the Republican hierarchy will unite in opposing Paul because they know he’s is the only Republican with a chance to beat Obama, and they cannot allow that because the Rulers of America own the media, most of the Democrats, and most of the Republicans and–they have picked Obama again.
    Mark my words: when Ron Paul wins a debate, primary, or makes some other kind of news, the media will lie outright or not cover the story.

  • sammys70

    I agree with man.No more foreign aid and keep our money here.

  • mrHexsol13

    I just hate to see how this main stream media(FED PAID) fuckers shred him apart when he does interviews like this…He is the only chance we got ,the last chance really..People need to WAKE UP!!! ps: I want to punch the news anchor in the nuts with a car!:0)

  • thesephantomeyes

    I jumped out of my seat when I first heard this…2012 will be my first year voting…and I know it’s not going to be wasted RON PAUL 2012!!!!! 🙂

  • noobHNTer

    go Paul woot! lets spend America’s money on America.

  • ltbjorgaard

    George is such a tool.

  • yuri35435

    Ron paul positioned himself well as a high yeild high risk asset the republicans might toss out randomly if they can’t get a leg up in polls, they first must neuter his resistance to their main economic interests tho, and they need to lock the executive branch such that he cannot do anything on his own.

  • yappertrap

    ron paul is so right. if america does not vote for him they deserve whatever they get..that includes fema camps with incinerators…

  • sampluskurt

    Go Ron Paul! I can’t stand this smug smart ass news caster.

  • TheAngryarchangel

    stephanopolous is such a tool. i wanna choke the little man.

  • TheAngryarchangel

    officially announcing ” the ron paul write-in” just in case the gop dont pick him.

  • IcyScythe

    if he doesnt win the republican primary im writing in cthulhu

  • IcyScythe

    lol he totally owned the newscaster

  • SeattleLA

    Today, I first heard of Ron Paul’s bid for 2012. I had tears in my eyes for a long time. In 2007 and 2008, many of us were glued to all reports of his then progress. When he backed out June 2008, it took me 6 months to get over it, though I voted for him as a write-in. I read about 2,000 comments on Youtube 4 years ago, and about 98% of Americans, and from other nations, sincerely felt that he is excellent. In the end, it is only the votes that count.

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  • einLesenderArbeiter

    i was almost expecting ron would say he’s bi-winning right there at the end.


    this guy can’t win ..

  • iwanttocrashmybike

    One can hope he is for real.
    I would doubt all positive change.
    But still try,so vote for him & Kucinich …It just might work,hope is the way of revolution ..That or not giving a flying fawk

  • megatroll

    As an European citizen, I’m begging all Americans that aren’t asleep to support and vote for Ron Paul. This man is the ONLY way to save America. All other candidates are the same bunch of puppets to the fascist regime.
    I wish I could vote for him.

  • silentkilla420

    we do need to be more independant. its time to step up america. we can controll our actions, we can except others as different. WE can controll what we do without paying people to so for us. we came here to be different and to get away from absolute controll. America needs this man to drop us on our asses and be responcible 4 OURSELVES. but i am sad to say that i think its not going to be at all easy, if possible.