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News Anchor: Congressman Ron Paul was one of the first GOP candidates to put his hat in the ring for the 2012 presidential race and now he’s speaking out about everything from President Obama’s plan for Afghanistan to the budget, joining me now via Skype from Lake Jackson is Congressman Ron Paul. Congressman thanks so much for being with us, we were speaking off camera just a moment ago saying I very much enjoy covering you in the 2000 campaign when you got 42 delegates, you eventually withdrew in June, you say your odds are better this time around, what’s different about this campaign?
Ron Paul: I think everything I’ve done grows in credibility because we’ve talked about the economy and the danger of the debt, the financial bubble that was approaching that finally burst, I think the foreign policy is coming unglued, the American people now want us out of Afghanistan, so I think we’re moving right along and matter of fact I’m even impressed with the fact that now the Federal Reserve is a big issue and the American people know something about it and know that they bailed out big banks and big corporations, so I think all the issues are moving in my direction and I think we have more people involved than ever before.
News Anchor: I’m just happy that you didn’t prophesy that the world was going to end on May 21st because it might be a different place today than it actually is, you were very critical of what the president said about Israel the other day, what would President Ron Paul do in terms of supporting the peace process and where Israel should be with its borders if a peace process was completed?
Ron Paul: Of course Obama got a lot of criticism, mine was slightly different but I thought what was happening made my point that it’s not in Israel’s best interest to be so dependent on us because they give up their sovereignty and then we tell them what to do, so we’re in charge, they have to listen to us, they get all this money and then if we decide that balance should go to the Palestinians rather than to Israel then a lot of trouble comes from this. So it gave me a perfect time to argue the case for nonintervention and that is let the countries over there settle their disputes, not done with American money. Just think how many dollars we spend trying to buy peace over there and the more we spend the poorer we get and of course we never see the results, we don’t see peace.
News Anchor: But what do you think would be reasonable in terms of where Israel’s borders and up, should there be a peace agreement?
Ron Paul: Quite frankly my opinion shouldn’t be very important, I have an opinion, but I think politically I’m sticking to my guns and saying that we shouldn’t be involved in the internal affairs of other nations, we shouldn’t be siding borders over there, I’d rather them worry about our own borders here at home and worried about our people here at home. So I don’t think we as American politicians should be dictating the peace process, I think to have them, if they’re honest about discussing it and they just want a place to sit down and they discuss it, that’s one thing but for us to decide who’s going to get the money to do it our way or who gets so much money, I don’t think that’s a good process, it hasn’t done well over these many decades and right now we’re going to run out of the ability to keep financing through foreign aid this so called peace process.
News Anchor: Congressman Ron Paul joining us this morning via Skype, Congressman good to see you and look forward to your campaign coming up.
Ron Paul: Thank you very much.