Ron Paul: Mainstream America Supports My Foreign Policy

Date: 06/13/2011


Robin Meade: We’re going to find out what one strategy will be at least. The big match-up is just hours away, as Christine’s been saying. The first debate in the critical, early-voting State of New Hampshire, and Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is trying to build on what he accomplished in 2008. His campaign took on a life of its own on the Web, surprised a lot of the pundits and experts. Joining us now from Texas, 2012 Presidential Candidate, Congressman Ron Paul, who will be participating in tonight’s New Hampshire debate. Congressman, great to have you with us, as always.

Ron Paul: Thank you very much. Good to be with you.

Robin Meade: I want to take a look at the latest CNN pole—actually it just released about 90 minutes ago. When we take a look at the field of GOP contenders, you come in 6th place, with just about 7% of the vote. And this is your third time running. What are you looking to do in tonight’s debate, to win over more voters?

Ron Paul: Well, sometimes I question some of these polls—but that’s a different story. But no, I don’t change strategy. I just keep doing the same thing, and it’s always been building. Certainly there was an explosion of interest in what I’ve been doing—for 30 years—four years ago in the last campaign. And it’s continued; the momentum has continued. So I think I just have to continue to do what I’m doing, and have been doing, because the country has finally wakened and found out that what we’ve been doing is wrong. And I’ve been warning people about the deficit, warning about the stupid foreign policy and the wars that we continue to fight, the silliness of printing money when we need it. And people are starting to wake up, and they’re saying, “Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense.” And this is what I’ve been talking about for a long time. So I would say, I’m not adapting to the status quo as much as challenging the status quo, and the status q uo right now is moving in my direction, and it’s moving rapidly. So our campaign is pretty optimistic about what’s happening.

Robin Meade: Right, and you bring up the point, in a lot of ways it really should be your time, because these issues that you’ve talked about—and I remember interviewing you back in 2008 about cutting spending, cutting the debt, shrinking government—really are front and center now. Then again, there are some other views, like Isolationism, that could potentially keep you from being a mainstream Republican candidate. So do you really think that there’s a path to victory for you, even though some of your stances are a little bit controversial?

Ron Paul: Well, they certainly are tried to be made controversial by the media—who always wants to use the word “Isolationism,” because that is not what I’m talking about. And if anybody’s studying what I’m doing, will know that you can’t use that word. I talk about “non-intervention”; I’m a free-trader; I don’t want closed borders. And I just think that there’s a big difference between “not aggressively starting wars” vs. “Isolationism.” Isolationism is closing ourselves off from the world. And I want to take the advice of the Founders and follow the Constitution; that is, get along with other countries, promote trade and promote travel. That’s what we need to do. So it’s the last thing in the world from Isolationism. And besides, it’s very traditional; it’s very American, and it’s very—

Robin Meade: Okay, well let me ask you: If you’re taking—

Ron Paul: —Go ahead.

Robin Meade: No, I was just saying, if you’re taking issue with the term, let’s lose the term. Let’s just talk a little about some of the positions you’ve talked about: A pull-out from Afghanistan at a faster pace; Iraq; what about Libya, Yemen, some of these other countries where we are now involved in, whether it’s a major show of ground troops, no; but at least some sort of intervention, be it drones or Special Operations forces. What would be your stances on some of those?

Ron Paul: Well, what it’s been for a long time: Just come home and quit that. And the majority of the American People are saying that. They’re sick and tired of a 10-year war. And now that Bin Laden’s killed—especially now, just come home! I mean, the foolishness of going into Iraq, and now under U.N. Orders and no permission from the Congress going into Libya, starting another battle in Yemen, in Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan. We can’t afford it. The People know it, they’re sick and tired of it. So I don’t think this is strange at all. I think I am Mainstream America right now on this foreign policy.

Robin Meade: You also said that there’s no authority in the Constitution for FEMA. So after some of the disasters that we’ve seen this year, I mean technically the government wouldn’t be there to help people in their neediest hour.

Ron Paul: Yeah, well they don’t do a very good job. FEMA has a bad reputation. I live on the coast, and I’ve taken a very strong stand against the problems that FEMA causes. And believe me, we got tons of calls when the hurricanes hit, because FEMA gets in the way, and they take over; they’re very costly—FEMA and that whole concept of insuring people with other taxpayers’ money to go and deliberately build in dangerous places? I mean, it is so anti-economic to encourage people to do the things that the marketplace wouldn’t allow them to do. But just think of the recovery effort with the major hurricanes in the last several years. It doesn’t have a very good record, and no, it isn’t in the Constitution. When did we get into the insurance business? I mean, it’s not there. And since they do such a lousy job—

Robin Meade: How do you—I mean—Just a—Okay—

Ron Paul: Let me finish. FEMA’s also about $18 Billion in debt. So it’s not a very successful organization.

Robin Meade: Taking the challenges perhaps of the organization itself aside, could you see yourself as President Ron Paul standing there saying, “I’m so sorry that your entire town of, let’s say, Joplin, Missouri is wiped away, but the Federal Government really can’t do anything for you”?

Ron Paul: Well, I think from the law[?]—and I think that’s a little bit presumptuous, forming a question like that. No, we try to make things work. But the whole thing is, if they paid into—and as part of the system. But long term, and philosophically, it’s not a good idea. But so much of what we do in Washington is not a good idea, but you try to make it work the best you can. And maybe somebody like myself who’s a strict fiscal conservative might be able to manage some of these things a little bit better, until we decide that it is not the proper role of government. Now, it isn’t like this stuff, like, “Oh, well you’re not for the Welfare State, so you don’t care about poor people; you don’t care about medical care.” It’s such a challenge just to—that doesn’t make any sense.

Robin Meade: All right. Well, I now you’re gearing up for the debate tonight. It was great to get some of your thoughts this morning, Congressman Ron Paul, 2012 Presidential Candidate from Clute, Texas this morning. We’ll be watching you tonight, so thanks so much for joining us.

Ron Paul: Okay.

  • SHEEPLEwhisperer

    What was the change Obama gave us from Bush?

    I still see 2 wars, 3 if you include Libya
    Banker bailouts
    Secret Prisons
    Patriot Act

    Still waiting on that change.

  • Steve

    I’m sick and tired of people screaming that if you’re not in favor of big gov FEMA and Medicare that you want the poor and sick to die. These programs are an invention of the 20th century and past presidents did just fine without them just as the people did without them. Grover Cleveland didn’t believe in federal assistance for disaster victims in Texas and things turned out just fine yet these idiots today forget things like this because they think anything before FDR is ancient history!

    Presidents and political parties were a lot different in the 19th century where the Democratic party was the conservative small government but pro slavery party of Jackson, though later dropped the slavery position after the civil war thankfully. The Republican party was the liberal big business central planning party of Hamilton. My how the tables have flipped and the history that gets ignored! It’s a shame really. If Cleveland were alive today I guarantee you he’d lecture every Democrat about being their own worst enemy and endorse Ron Paul for president as he shared all the same core ideals as Paul does and embraced them fully when he was president.


  • symodiezel

    Another useless media puppet, these pricks are so easy to spot these days.

  • Frettsy

    get em RON.

  • dacrunkqb11

    Is it just me or did Dr Paul look like he may have been fighting a fever? He appeared to be perspiring heavily and seemed a little off his game.

    RON PAUL 2012

    • tlludwig

      Yes, I noticed it as well. I wasn’t sure if it was the lighting.

  • vsnips

    This man is a president the U.S.A. could be proud of.

  • kamorm

    I wonder if George Soros agrees with Ron Paul’s foreign policy.

  • franz909

    I guess to the military Industrial Complex & their minions like CNN Bringing home the troops is ” Controversial ” and this is what is so despicable about CNN (who has blood on their hands) they pimped the Iraq Invasion w/ Generals & Gov. officials , then they want credit for their jingoistic , feel good troops stories like VA Hospitals , when THEY promote the WARS , don’t question obvious LIES.
    These people are depraved and immoral as the politicians who lie in our Faces.

    Vote Ron Paul

    • Steve

      Bringing the troops home wasn’t controversial when Bush was in office. Now that Obama is in office well it’s a good war now j/k! That’s how they see it at least.

  • MrGazrp

    Is there a better candidate? Honestly? Show me! Ron Paul shoots from the hip, he is real and most important has real solutions for the situation the US is in. The man gets it and his IQ is way higher than this bitch or the morons in the debate.

  • psychosocialmarc

    Ron Paul is the best candidate. Palin? Come on! She’s a fucking joke!

  • radjanvar

    If you really care about the poor and those who have suffered catastrophies you should realize that the free market private sector through charitable organizations and churches can take care of the poor much Much better than a centrally planned bureaucratic government.

  • wellingtonian

    Ron Paul bitch slapped this liberal hack form the get go, and then the morning after the debates cnn used a poll result from the national journal to show Dr Paul had o%

  • radjanvar

    Long Live Ron Paul; what a joke: they invite a respectable man for an interview but then interrupt him, not let him finish his points, frame antagonistic and clearly biased questions – ridiculous. The answer to her questions: if it weren’t for the government, the free market private sector would generate enough wealth which through churches and charitable orgs would take much better care of catastrophies and the poor then your precious government could possibly dream of.

  • ForTheRepubl1c

    lol cnn used the upside down hockey st… err poll gag

  • anyusmoon1

    Who, please, WHO could possibly appreciate a journalist, the press, framing questions like this woman has?

    Oh, that’s right, all of freaking dumbed-down America who just love the nanny state. :0( Oh my, with fed gov now reaching 30% of the voters directly through employment or other critical TEAT SUCKING we’re in DEEP SHINOLA.

  • mikemat3307

    Somebody slap that bitch.

  • indyterp1959

    Ron Paul, “WE THE PEOPLE SUPPORT AND RESPECT YOU!” Thank you for having the courage to stand for what is right! I have never been this excited about politics until I heard you speak! You speak the truth and everything you say makes sense! You got my vote!!

  • franz909

    Believe it the fast talking “reporter ” knows the difference between Isolationism and not starting unnecessary wars , it’s just a smear tactic trying to label him as some kind of out of the main stream kook . It’s called PSYOPS

  • Yabuturtle

    I love how media and politicians constantly interrupt him because they don’t want him to reveal the truth about what’s going on. Sometimes I wonder ,maybe he isn’t going to win no matter what because they don’t want him to win, but maybe Ron knows he probably won’t win but that wasn’t his intention. Think about it. Maybe he intended to stir up the public and make them wake up and make us realize we’re being used and that we would rise against the government so if he loses we’d still win.

    • tlludwig

      That’s because everything Paul does is based on principal. He isn’t interested in winning for his own sake–he does what he thinks is right. I cant think of one other candidate with his integrity, not one.

  • DanB317

    Change is a must. The time is now. Long live the revolution. Fight for your rights. Just like in life, real freedom is not going to just fall on your lap. Wake up ppl they are laughing at us. We are known as the dumb Americans. Lets prove them wrong. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.