Ron Paul: Bring the Troops Home NOW!




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Wolf Blitzer: The Republican presidential candidates are focusing largely on two early primary states today, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul are looking to build on their first and second place showings in the Iowa Straw Poll last weekend.

And joining us now from Manchester New Hampshire, the Republican Congressman Ron Paul, he’s a candidate for President of the United States, Congressman thanks very much for coming in.

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

Wolf Blitzer: Thank you, at that last Republican debate, you really differentiated yourself from all the other Republican candidates, there I say the Democratic candidate, that will be the president of the United States, as well, when you made it clear that on national security and foreign policy, you want to bring American troops home immediately from Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea. Is that right?

Ron Paul: That is correct and immediate of course can be qualified a little bit, you know it takes a few days to get over there and pick them up. No, as soon as possible, the American people are with me on that, the majority respond in that manner, I don’t think we can afford it anymore, I don’t believe it’s in our best interest to be there because I think it undermines our national security.

Wolf Blitzer: So including Germany and South Korea, bring those thousands of troops home?

Ron Paul: Yeah, you know, the immediate benefit before you reorganize and decide how big the Army and Navy should be is, just think of all those troops spending all that money back at home. A few years ago and they’re thinking about then, again to close down all the bases here at home. Well there are some bases in this country that probably shouldn’t be open, but the ones overseas are more important to be closed down than the ones here, so I’d bring the troops home and have them spend all their salaries here at home, ‘cause Germany actually likes us to be over there for economic reasons, that helps them, helps their economy as well as the other countries. So I would say the immediate effect would be even the psychological benefit of knowing, “Wow, things are changing, he’s bringing these troops home, this is going to help our economy.”

Wolf Blitzer: And I just want to clarify your position on Iran, do you believe Iran represents no real threat to the United States?

Ron Paul: No real threat, I think it’s a threat just like there’s a lot of threats around the world, but if you compare it to what? Compare […] Soviets that we stood down, they had 30,000 nuclear weapons and that’s when I was in the military during the Cuban crisis, is when I was drafted. So yes, there’s always some threat but there’s not that much from a country like Iran, they can’t even produce enough of their own gasoline, they don’t have any intercontinental ballistic missile…

I see this so similar, Wolf, to what was happening to the lead up to the war in Iraq because remember they kept saying “Oh there are Al Qaeda over there, and there’s weapons of mass destruction, we have to go in there” and it turned out not to be true. Just think of the tragedies that have occurred since then.

So, no, I don’t think it’s a real threat and our CIA as well as United Nations does not argue the case that they’re on the verge of having a nuclear weapon, so the last thing in the world we should be talking about is a war, and remember just recently Bob Gates coming home, he says, “Anybody that’s thinking about another war needs their head examined” and I think that’s the way the American people feel.

Wolf Blitzer: Because the president and other top officials they express fear that the Iranians are working to try to build a bomb even though they may not be on the verge of having it, they’re in the process of trying to develop one, you don’t agree?

Ron Paul: Well I think they certainly would have an incentive but we haven’t been able to verify it, that’s what my argument has been. But I even extend it one step further, what if in one year from now they have one nuclear bomb, what are they going to do with it? They can’t deliver it, and if they try to, they’d be wiped off the face of the earth because there’d be retaliation.

So they aren’t that threat that people play them up to be. Matter of fact, Iran has a pretty good history of not invading other countries and looking for these kind of fights. The last time they were in a war is when we instigated Iraq’s invasion of the Iranians, so no, I just don’t see that as a major threat. I see the radicalization of Islam fundamentalism as a result of our foreign policy going back all the way to 1953.

Wolf Blitzer: For years, you’ve been an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve, the Central Bank in effect here in the United States. Now Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, your opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going one step further and blasting Ben Bernanke, the chairman who was originally named by President Bush. Let me play the clip and then we’ll discuss.

Rick Perry: If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what you all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, uh treasonous in my opinion.

Wolf Blitzer: Alright Congressman, your fellow Texan, what would you do to Ben Bernanke if he came to your state?

Ron Paul: I’d try to educate him, I’d try to explain to him why he’s embarked on a terrible course of history and that he’s not going to be remembered well unless he changes his way. But hopefully, you’ve never heard and at least I try never to make it the individual as much as the philosophy, the Federal Reserve System. Sometimes they’ll ask me, “What would you do, would you immediately get rid of Bernanke, will that solve our problems?” And it really doesn’t, it’s the system, it’s the Federal Reserve System, it’s the fiat money, it’s no backing to the currency, the monetization of debt, the way they do it in secret, the $15 trillion that they worked with in the bailout, the way they bailed out foreign central banks and foreign governments during the crisis, and a third of that money went over there.

So I would say it’s the philosophy, it’s the monetary policy that we have to deal with, so he is not my target even though I hopefully address it in a different manner when he’s before the committee and try to ask him questions to expose what he’s doing in running the monetary system.

Wolf Blitzer: So did Rick Perry cross the line in talking about treason, talking about getting ugly, I mean you know your governor, tell me, is he temperamentally qualified to be president of the United States?

Ron Paul: Well, it may surprise you, I don’t know the governor; I don’t recall ever having met him.

Wolf Blitzer: Really?

Ron Paul: No, I haven’t met him, I didn’t know he had an interest and I don’t know exactly what he’s up to, so I just don’t use that language. I would think that he wasn’t being literal, I just don’t believe that he believes that but those words did come out of his mouth as you just revealed. But I think it’s different, in politics it’s very easy to target somebody thy name and target your opponents and talk about them specifically; in many ways I try not to do that.

Wolf Blitzer: It’s hard for me to believe, he’s been governor for 10 years and he doesn’t know one of the most distinguished members of the Congressional delegation, but let me move on because we’re almost out of time. Has the national news media been fair to you?

Ron Paul: Well a lot other people say they have not been…

Wolf Blitzer: What do you say?

Ron Paul: Well, I think candidates have this belief that they’re never treated really fairly, but generally speaking I would say it was really weird and in that sense I guess that verges on what people are saying, it was very unfair that I did pretty well in Ames and achieved a bit of a victory from our perspective, and then to have five networks not take any interviews, and then we had one major network on Monday morning that got cancelled at the last minute, so it was definitely different.

But I don’t dwell on the word fairness and what am I going to do about it, I just try to keep doing my job and presenting my case and I figure we’d probably sort of won that little argument because we did get many, many interviews and many, many things on the Internet where I think we benefited by showing, what are they afraid of? Why can’t they recognize what Ron Paul is doing? So I would…

Wolf Blitzer: I was wondering, sorry for interrupting. but I just want to ask you one final question, a Twitter follower asked me to ask you, if you don’t get the Republican nomination, would you consider running as an independent?

Ron Paul: I haven’t thought about that, right now I’m concentrating, I’m in a middle of a race, I described it today as like, I used to run track. I don’t think much about the end, I just run hard and see how things come out. but as far as contemplating third party, that has not given me any serious thought at all.

Wolf Blitzer: Congressman, I’ll see you September 12th when CNN hosts the Republican presidential debate in Tampa Florida. Good luck.

Ron Paul: Thank you, Wolf.

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494 Comments:

  1. Educate your friends. Ron Paul is the real deal. The Gov't got everyone working so hard to pay their taxes nobody has time to a decide who the candidates are.

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  2. Ron paul being ignored by the Media??? um Search Ron Paul and you get 122,000,000 hits. There is more truth in the statement that the MEDIA is being Ignored. I found out that the media did not mention Ron Paul"s WIN at Ames (The IRS Lawyer bought her votes Backman is Back the Man) on the net. The Net tells me what is happening. I ignor the media. They have to interview Ron Paul and up load it to the net to tell us about the IRS lawyer and the Grinning want to be a Ron Other Texan

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  3. EVERYONE GO AND VOTE FOR THIS GUY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Excellent interview by Dr. Paul.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

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  5. jesushatesyoutoo

    If the troops returned home the majority would be decommissioned. They would be in the unemployment line unless we have a large standing army which Ron Paul is against.

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  6. I just saw some censorship from CNN at 2:12.

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  7. Ron Paul Rocks.Not a mean bone in his Body and Thoughts.

    Saalome gam naan ben uurda, gan njjber asaala hesporoona!
    Peace be on Earth, and among all beings!

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  8. Im am stationed in south korea, and I am ready to come home

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  9. What is that multi-colored screen that comes on at 2:13 of the video? I would like to know what Ron said at that moment, and who blocked it out.

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  10. DefenderOfAllMankind

    You want to tackle the Iran problem? Go back in time to 2003 and avoid invading Iraq. Before that, Saddam was balancing the Ayatullahs off, more or less. One of the few lasting outcomes of the Iraq War was the transition of the country into something that is very much an Iranian satellite.

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  11. every country has nukes, but it is the states that are going to do somthing stupid and start a war....

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  12. whats that on 2:12?

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  13. Vote Ron Paul 2012! YOU DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS and THIRD PARTY make sure to register as Republican in order to vote for him in the primaries. WE NEED ENOUGH VOTES TO NOMINATE HIM! In some States you can only vote for your party during the primaries. Spread the word!

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  14. Vote Ron Paul 2012! Don't let the international bankers, global corporations and the agenda driven media decide our elections! They can't silent all of us. The sleepy giant has awaken and we will pay them to their face, to destroy them!

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  15. Vote Ron Paul 2012! The only ones supporting the other candidates are the media, Establishment, Neocons, RINOS and global elitists.

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  16. I have never been as excited about a presidential candidate as I am about Ron Paul. He is genuine. I'm talking to people about him, posting his videos on FB, will donate to the moneybomb (Happy Birthday, Dr. Paul!) which I've never done for any candidate, and will go about town (and New Orleans and Baton Rouge) putting up yard signs at interstate exits. I had to educate myself about the Patriot Act, the FED, the IRS, 911 and unjustified wars before I could truly appreciate this man. My hope is in God for rescuing this our great country, and I believe that Ron Paul is someone he is raising up "for such time as this."

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  17. Bring the troops home!!!
    Ron Paul 2012!

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  18. hatin on jews is bs and so is on anyone else.. Jews control what I hear? really? they also control the world, right? why spreadin the hate? stop being dumb and just vote for Ronald instead of saying thoughtless shit

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  19. Ron Paul 2012!! Spread the word!! We only have a Year left before the Elections!!

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  20. Wolf Blittzer is a Zionist fanatic, a Jew. He is not interested in the well being of the hated goyim (non-Jews). He is interested only in the interest of Israel and his fellow Jews.

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