Ron Paul: Rand Paul and I Are about 99% the Same


Geraldo Rivera: I’m very delighted to welcome back to the program the former Congressman from Texas, the former candidate for president of the United States, the father of someone who is talked about as a future candidate for president of the United States. The son is Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, the father is Ron Paul. How are you doing, Congressman, how’s life?

Ron Paul: Geraldo, I’m doing well, thank you.

Geraldo Rivera: I’ve read, with great interest, a couple of hours ago, that you have endorsed the candidacy of Mark Sanford, the former Governor of South Carolina, who is embattled in his race for the congressional seat in Charleston, South Carolina. What’s up?

Ron Paul: Well, he’s a good friend, I’ve known him for years, he was a good voter, and I thought he was the best candidate, so I decided to help him out while everybody else is piling on him.

Geraldo Rivera: So do you think he’s personal transgressions are irrelevant?

Ron Paul: No, I think they’re very relevant, I think some people will vote against him for that, and that’s okay. But if we always look for perfection in our candidates, we’d have a tough time finding them. I think he’s obviously the best candidate, and he certainly has his shortcomings, but I imagine all of us have some shortcomings somewhere along the way.

Geraldo Rivera: Well, everyone in this radio broadcast facility can say, “Yes, that’s true”. But it seems to me that you have set yourself up in some ways to be the anti-GOP Establishment. They forsake and cut off Mark Sanford after he got caught walking in his ex-wife’s backyard or something, and then you embrace him. Are you doing that to tweak the Karl Roves of the world?

Ron Paul: Not really, because I actually sent him the endorsement before that last story broke. And, technically speaking, I would have had to reverse it and take it away, but I decided not to, especially after having made a commitment. I think the only thing that we did was we delayed it one week so it wouldn’t be lost in all the other news. But, no, I don’t think I’m taking on anybody as much as it seems like the party takes on us who want to be a little bit determined about limiting the government and cutting spending and having a different attitude towards civil liberties, and maybe having a foreign policy more like Robert Taft. So I think they take us on as much as we take them on, I think they’re on the wrong side of many of these issues.

Geraldo Rivera: You established the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, to kind of continue your philosophy, your public advocacy, of a non-interventionist foreign policy. A lot of people you know are saying that this was the worst thing that could have happened for your son’s potential national aspirations. They’re throwing the usual mud at you, that the people involved are or were anti-Semitic and all the rest of that. Do you take that with a grain of salt, do you worry that it might affect your son’s possibilities?

Ron Paul: I can’t worry about it because I can’t care too much about it and I can’t change my ways, and I’m not going to all of a sudden quit doing what I’ve been doing for 30 years because I have opportunities now to actually continue. I can get on the radio once in a while, I have an influence on you and others. So I would say no, I’ll keep doing it, but I’m aware of it. But, in a way, I don’t think it hurts him. We do have some differences and the approaches will be different, but that makes him his own person. Why should it be said that he’s a clone and he has to do everything and think exactly as I have. I think it’s an opportunity for him to show that he’s an independent minded, and he has different opinions.

Geraldo Rivera: You don’t want him to forsake his dad, do you? I would hate that if my son did that, if he went out in public and said, “My dad is one thing, I’m totally different”. Do you want the same thing?

Ron Paul: No, I don’t think he will, because we’re about 99% same.

Geraldo Rivera: Yes, that’s the way is strikes me, I like you both.

Ron Paul: I think there are people who want to drive wedges through that, that’s one reason why, if somebody calls up … if you would have called today and said, “Ron, all we’re going to talk about today is where you and Rand disagree on”, I would say, “I’m not interested in that subject so much”. Because it’s other people who want to do that, they want to dwell on the differences, and I don’t think that’s that important.

Geraldo Rivera: I’m almost out of time, and I hate that I put you in this shorter segment.

Ron Paul: I know you didn’t do that on purpose.

Geraldo Rivera: I know, you know we care deeply for you. But I’m just thinking, have we recovered from the Boston bombing, are we doing enough to investigate the origins?

Ron Paul: Well, probably not, but I don’t have the information on what they exactly have done. I think investigations, whether you’re investigating assassinations or whatever, most of the time cover up blames. It’s not so much that somebody conspired to do these things, but I think so often what they do is make sure nobody gets blamed. If somebody goofed up, then you won’t hear about it. So investigations are fine if they’re revealing the truth.

Geraldo Rivera: We got to leave you, Congressman, so sorry. I hear you.

  • I heart Ron Paul forever.


  • I think that the primary difference between Rand and Ron is stylistic not ideological. Rand is employing a strategy that may get him further than his father. He is walking a tightrope. He’s trying be just radical enough to keep most of his dad’s supporters while not being so radical as to lose all mainstream conservative support. In other words,he is trying to satisfy the Judge Napolitano supporter and the Sean Hannity supporter which is tough because they often hate one another.

  • What’s also pretty sad is people trying to drive a wedge between Paul and the liberty movement.

    This means you, Molyneux.

  • Fuck the Pauls.

  • I feel the exact same way. I strongly support Ron Paul because I always felt I could trust him no matter what. Only politician I have ever voted for twice, only politician I have ever donated to…I hope Rand can be somewhat like him

  • I feel the exact same way. I strongly support Ron Paul because I always felt I could trust him no matter what. Only politician I have ever voted for twice, only politician I have ever donated to…I hope Rand can be somewhat like him

  • It’s a conspiracy!!! People are trying to change me into a catholic?! I don’t believe in that because, for one, Ron Paul wasn’t in it for statist control. There is evidence of that and he himself even made mention of it. And two, how is less or no government with freedom of religion have anything to do with Catholicism? Let’s pretend you are right just for one second. You’re still comparing who will be in charge in some way, shape, or form. I’m curious now, what is it that you would advocate?

  • VET YOUR POLITICAL CANDIDATES. Maybe people will wake up and figure out Obama and Bush are and have always been the SAME creature. Big Govt (left or right) is the SAME. It doesn’t matter what party. There’s plenty of bs on the Libertarian side of the fence as well. We need Tax Reform! Restore the Constitution!

  • Traitor = Sellout = Deceiver

  • Ron Paul is the only politician that I ever had full trust in, he is always the same yesterday today and tomorrow no flip flopping, he tells it like it is, in clear language with an open heart, and never seems like he’s hiding anything, WTF were the American people thinking… Obama has so many skeletons and unknowns with a history riddled with scandal and investigation you can’t trust a dam thing he says, So my theory is the people who voting for him are near brain dead.

  • The answer you seek is technically already in the comment from which you asked- they are obviously a hard nosed free market capitalist who believes a moral society would act so through dollar votes.