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(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is making it clear that he doesn’t think there’s a whole lot of difference on the most important issues between his rival Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
“Would there be a change in foreign policy?” Paul asked during an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “No, there would not be.”
He then insisted that there was really no difference between Romney and Obama on entitlement spending, auditing the Federal Reserve and cutting the nation’s debt.
“No,” Paul insisted. “There would not be a significant difference between the two – although on the edges, maybe. … So, no, the regulatory system, the spending, the deficits, the printing of money, they stay the same.”
When I heard that, I again wondered what the Republican congressman from Texas would do if Romney won the Republican nomination. Would he jump on the Romney bandwagon, or would he run as a third-party candidate?
Earlier in the month, I asked Paul whether he could support Romney if he won the nomination.
He replied that none of the Republican candidates was advocating his positions. “So I would have to find out exactly what their positions are and what the platform is that they would be running on,” he said.
I pressed and asked whether it were possible that he would run as a third-party candidate – which he did in 1988, when he was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. “I haven’t thought about it, and I have no plans to do that,” he said. “So, no, that wouldn’t be in the cards for me.”
I believe Paul. I don’t think he’s spent a lot of time thinking about that third-party contingency. He is focused now on winning the nomination.
But it certainly would be intriguing if Romney did win the nomination and Paul decided to challenge both him and Obama for the presidency.
Would Paul take more votes away from the Republican or Democratic candidate?
Since he’s a Republican, the immediate assumption is that he would hurt the Republican nominee and maybe even ensure Obama’s re-election.
But you could make a case that Paul also appeals to many isolationist and deficit-cutting Democrats who are deeply worried about Obama’s economic policies.
It’s all very hypothetical but still a fascinating topic for political junkies like me to ponder.
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Ron Paul is the only hope for America. Anything else is window dressing while the ship sinks.
RP is NOT an "isolationist". Saying so screams "I don't know what isolationism is".
yeah, use that word "isolationist", it is NOT what Dr. Paul advocates. He advocates SOUND foreign policy. We shall see if someday, another country helps a group of resisters to overthrow our government, with just a few drones and such. Then we will see if people find that to be invading
Ron Paul could get slightly over a third of the vote in a number of states if he runs as a Libertarian. He would not win the presidency if that happens, but it would change the political landscape forever, by showing that you do not have to vote for a candidate who appeals to the "evolution is only a theory" and "if you are raped, have the baby anyway" extremist elements of the Republican party to vote for a true conservative.
"Europe can also do deals with Russia and China, plus Italy is going to make billions from Libya now that stability is just a christmas away! Why is it the USA still think they can steal the spoils of Europe, like they did in 1946???"
Dr. Paul is the only one of all the candidates from both parties who understands where it's at in the field of Economics. We simply CANNOT continue to borrow our way back to prosperity. He wants to axe the FED for starters. He gets my vote on that. And he wants to emasculate the power of the Banks to create new money ( Economics 101 ). Me too. Etc. Ron is da' man !!!!! I wish he would hook up with the Wall Street protesters and lead them.
The really interesting question will be how long it takes the Establishment to run Giuliani or some other neocon as a third party candidate when Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination....
I voted for Ron Paul in the last primary, and when he didn't win the nomination, I voted for Barack Obama. If Ron Paul were to run as a 3rd party, I'd vote for him (OR if he won the Republican nomination). Because I think Ron Paul is even closer to what this country needs than Obama... and I like Obama!
Fun to speculate, but way too early. Ron Paul is in the top three or four contenders for the nomination by any objective measure. No one is speculating what Mitt Romney or Rick Perry or Herman Cain or Newt Gingrich or Michelle Bachmann or Jon Huntsman or Rick Santorum will do if they don't win the nomination, but then, they all pretty much stand for the status quo, so they would have little difficulty endorsing each other.
I voted for Obama last cycle, I'm voting for Paul this cycle even if I have to write him in. I don't agree with half of what he wants to do but two things are clear to me. One, the man means what he says. His long record clearly shows that he does NOT flip-flop. Two, I WILL get real change. Our current system is broken, while I have a lot of left leaning tendencies something *must* change dramatically. Stopping our massive spending particularly on our huge military is a *great* start. Go Ron!
I'm here to support Ron Paul for president. If for no other reason than to pi$$ off the establishment, and their sycophants, but mainly because I love my country, and would rather see a good man make unpopular decisions for the embetterment, and unity of ALL AMERICANS much the same as Lincoln did for this nation. Only the establishment has anything to fear from this little old man, and they do fear.
"You can Camp and Pain the crowds, but it's just one guy that going to put a cross on a piece paper thats going to prove we all individuals, and nobody has my lead in his pencil but me!"
This is the guy who thinks we don't need health insurance because in the old days if someone couldn't afford a doctor, the church helped him pay for it. Yeah, right. I prefer my presidents to be reality-based.
we aren't that lucky! obama 2012
[laughs at Wolf] The GOP Primaries haven't even begun. Ron Paul will win 2012. Get ready for it.
Ron Paul is the only candidate with integrity. He doesn't change his opinions to court voters. He is the only man who can save this country.
RON PAUL 2012
Make it a write in run and see what happens
he was going to go all the way last time and they got to him.
Vote smart for once. VOTE RON PAUL 2012.
I will vote for Ron Paul even if I have to write him in. Might even be better as it will be harder for them to rig the voting machines.
Don't you want to live in an American where you and your kids aren't sexually abused at the airport (now at bus stations and highways)? Aren't you tired of our young men and women getting blown to pieces in the land of sand so that rich people can control the price of oil and install central banks for the private bankers? Wouldn't you rather have our Treasury print money that we don't have to pay interest on (interest on money the PRIVATE FED creates out of thin air)? Don't you want to stop paying foreign aid to countries that hate the US and Israel?
Bottom line: if Ron Paul or Huntsman do not win the Republican nomination, Obama will win in 2012. It doesn't really matter if Paul tries to switch parties after the primaries or not; they are the only Republican candidates that can beat Obama.
This coming from yet another Democrat that switched to Republican in order to vote for Ron Paul or Huntsman in the primaries. Even as a Republican, though, my vote will either go to Paul, Huntsman or Obama. Nobody else.
For the last time Wolf, look up the definition of isolationist. The true isolationists are the ones who push for embargos, sanctions and wars. Ron Paul want to trade, travel, and talk with all those who want to.
I like his anti-war stance, but that's about all that's valid re: his policy ideas.
Ron Paul / Gary Johnson 2012 Republican Ticket
Its logical is it not to just vote for Ron Paul. When you look at the competition they are all fools. So why elect a fool over a sure thing. Simply because they have more money. Do not let your vote be influenced by these news shows. Vote for you and whats best for your interests vote Ron Paul.
Republican, Libertarian... regardless, Dr. Ron Paul has my vote. He understands what the elephant in the room is that the others on BOTH sides are not willing to discuss because their pockets are being filled from it. It's time that the people take back this country and the only one out there that is willing to stand up to the establishment today is Dr. Ron Paul.
I think Paul is doing a great service by running as a republican even though I really don't think he has a chance at the nomination. He's getting his point of view across and making the other candidates seriously consider some tough choices and answer some tough questions. If he ran as a third party candidate, I don't think he'd be in such a great position to make the other candidates and people in general take off the rose colored glasses and realistically look at the situation.
It's amazing how Ron Paul actually wins every single debate while the other GOOBERS just stand up there and compare their Ego. I'll be doing this, for sure: Ron Paul [X]
I realize, Wolf, that you are not objective media, but even you, biased as you are, should balk at saying 'take votes away' from one party or another. NO ONE has a RIGHT to my, or anyone else's vote. If a third party candidate is able to get votes that is because they earned them; they were not taken from someone else's vote pool. the Republicrat party truly wants votes it needs to get out and earn each and everyone one of the. Dr. Paul is the only candidate that i feel can earn those votes from all parties, not jsut the two best funded ones, but all. A vote for Dr. Paul would be a vote for real changed and get this country back on the track to a true American Dream.
Ron Paul has so many passionate supporters, forget the third party nomination...I wish he started a third opinion news channel first. I mean from economy to politics to peace in the world (cnn types call it isolationism and we say it intervention, medling and poking) we can cover content better than these guys who want to sensationalise every minute and have no compassion.
Only candidate with a consistent message over several years. Only candidate who seems to have a real plan and can communicate it. Only candidate without hugely polarized party politics. Only new ideas on the table. Unfortunately he has absolutely no chance, however he runs, as the political climate today demands more insanity than he is capable of providing.
Paul will never .. EVER be nominated for the Republican ticket ... Republicanism is DEAD !! It left with the tep pparty ... it IS the tea party ... just a rebranding ;.. sort of like selly a crappy car.. like the Ford Contour ... and then realizing nobody want your crap anymore.. so it gets repackaged and they call it the new Ford Focus ! .. and the everyone marveled at the glttery paint job !! 🙂
sure, that'd be great if Ron Paul ran as a third candidate. spoilers like Ross Perot and Ralph Nader succeeded at getting the other guy elected.
I agree, the point of this article is to marginalize Ron Paul. However, that makes it a good place to remind people that it is the GOP that is responsible for hiding and disenfranchising Dr. Paul. So, if Dr. Paul does NOT receive the nomination, I will indeed write in a vote for Dr. Paul – but I will vote against every single OTHER Republican candidate from Senator to dog catcher. Republican Party, you don't want to adhere to your stated values and pick the most Republican of you all to be president – fine. Maybe the loss of 20 Senate seats, 200 Representative seats, 12 Governorships, a thousand or so State Senate seats and 10,000 or so City Council seats will change your mind. WE ARE SERIOUS.
so what? none of the other candidates can because they are either unwilling or unable. This independent would as soon see 4 more yrs of the antichrist than mitt romney or herman cain. I hope Ron Paul does run as a third party. He certainly will have mine and my family's votes.
You could argue that Bush Sr was the spoiler for getting Perot elected. Why didn't the Bush people just jump on the Perot wagon, ya know, to keep Clinton from getting elected.
The whole "spoiler" argument is ridiculous.
I don't trust him, his judgement, his politics. I don't believe he wants what's best for the individual American. He has this Norma Rockwell view of politics and the world and acts upon that view without caring much about the consequences to real people. That callousness would make him a horrible doctor and his vision for America one that cares too little about the sufferings and happiness's of its peoples.
Meh, he's an amazing doctor. Just ask his patients 😉
What is best for America ? Spending the country into a sinkhole of debt and despair? That's where we're well headed now with President Obama and the path will continue to run straight down the drain with Romney and these other cookie cutter GOP candidates. Ron Paul would make real cuts to federal spending. Have you been enjoying our military getting dragged into conflict after conflict around the globe? More of the same unless you vote for Ron Paul. Give Ron Paul a chance, because he's the only chance this nation has.
Go back and read his speeches and statements from before the 2008 economic crash he predicted and you might have a better perspective on his judgment. And by all accounts he was a wonderful doctor, delivering over 4,000 babies.
Ron is not uncaring. Read "The Revolution" and see if you still think that. I'd say the other politicians are less caring, because they change their principles to whatever they think will get them elected. Ron does not.
I doubt he would run as a 3rd party. He refused to last time, so why would he now?
You talk with generalities, banalities and trivialities.
Kind of like every single Republican or Tea-Party member in office?
What do you mean you don't "trust" him? I'm not fan of Ron Paul but if you were to take every politician in the House and Senate and matched their voting records with their rhetoric/demagoguery/voting record/promises..... Paul probably tops the list in doing what he says he believes in. I'm certain you can trust Ron Paul to pursue whatever it is that he says – it's a matter of whether you align yourself with his ideology. He's a man that has been very consistent with his message for all these years. You can respect it or not, but again, I'm not a fan of his but I'm certain after decades of standing firm in his beliefs, he's hardly out to pull the wool over anyone's eyes.
Yes, he's so old, he thinks it's 1920, and all America has to do is to stick its head in the sand and pretend that we can survive as isolationists. He is not only a nut, he's a dangerous nut.
Can you offer some specifics as to how he was a horrible doctor?
i'm not sure how you have gathered information to form your position about ron paul, but callousness??? what greater act of compassion could a leader have than to ensure greater liberties to the INDIVIDUAL...what greater gesture of strength could a country like the US portray than to bring our troops home???
People, this is just the MSM floating the idea again!! It's a trap to dilute the number of people who will vote in the primary elections! Make sure you get the information from your local elections board NOW, make sure you're registered to vote and SHOW UP to vote for Ron Paul. If this does not happen, Ron Paul really DOES have "no chance." If you want Ron Paul as your President, you must simply show up to vote for him in the PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
IGNORE Blitzer on this, it simply can't be done, and Ron Paul knows this. The only reason he runs as a Republican is because the system is rigged against anyone who isn't part of the Duopoly. An Independent or 3rd party CANNOT become President in the current system. Remember Ross Perot took 19% of the popular vote, but that got him 0 electoral votes. And then, they changed the rules to make it even MORE difficult.
Frankly, the only reason our friend Ron Paul is in the running is because he's tough as nails, politically speaking! He's right about most everything and won't back down, and that's why we love him. *S*H*O*W**U*P*!!!
His plan to do away with student loans shows that he lacks the knowledge to be President. He will never be elected.
If I have to write his name in I will. Ron Paul is a lot more popular than the establishment is letting on.
Uh, the reason Ron Paul has no chance is because most people do not WANT to vote for him.
Well said. As soon as I saw the headline I figured it was more MSM trying to sabotage Ron Paul's campaign.
To be fair, even FoxNews and Glen Beck are doing their best to ignore any positive news about Ron Paul. Did any of them even run a story about his straw poll win in Ohio on Saturday? When Herman Cain wins just one he get's a bunch of hype.
Wolf I think Ron is running as a republican because he knows he would not be in the debates otherwise or get even the little bit of media attention that he has gotten so far. Ron should be the nominee he has the best plan talks the most sense and has the most experience. If for some reason he does not get the nomonation he will have a lot of support from a mix of voters including blue republicans and independents. He can win as a third party option especially in this environment. Cain is not qualified and his 999 plan or 909 or whatever it is this week is not the answer and his daily flip flops will not work. Romney and Perry fight like school girls and have a lot of reasons why they should not be the nominee. Ron Paul is the only serious candidate for the people. I highly respect his resistence to being a bought candidate and believe 100% he will work for the people and can get America back on the right track economically.
Ron Paul if we have to write his name in
Wolf knows this, he's just trying to stir up controversy. Paul will never run as a 3rd party candidate, he's said so many times, he cannot get the coverage. He has a difficult enough time as it is just getting time in the debates, he would never get near a debate as a 3rd party candidate as opposed to now.
I consider myself a left leaning independent who would vote Obama if it is only a choice between a Republican and a Democrat in the general elections, but Blitzer is correct in his analysis here. I DO want this country to get serious about debt reduction, and I DO believe Bernanke is a Wall street thug who has tailored the FED policies to support Wall street instead of Main street. So I guarantee you; if Bernanke would turn on his money printers for another destructive round of "quantitative easing" (a FED eufimism for "robbing the people blind") , I would vote for Ron Paul as a third party candidate in a heartbeat. No question about it.
Bernanke will still have a job if Obama wins the re-election. Guaranteed. I know GOP can be evil but look past this partisanship for a moment and you will see that you won't be sorry if you vote for Dr. RP.
If you are willing to lie down in the Republican cesspool it usually means you belong in the cesspool. Paul has been willing to put his crazy economics before principle and join with the party of hate. He's just as crazy as the rest of them so he fits right in.
Regardless of whether Obama, a Republican, or Ron Paul is elected, Bernanke will be chairman of the Fed until his term expires on January 31, 2014.
So tell all the Libertarians not too get too excited.
See Ron Paul is the winner. Do not beleive the press. They are propaganda machinists.
"[Bernanke] then served as Chairman of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers before President Bush appointed him to be Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve on February 1, 2006."
"On February 1, 2006, President Bush appointed Bernanke to a fourteen-year term as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors."
Please Please run as a third party.
Heck, even if he doesn't run as a third party, we can still WRITE HIM IN! Ron Paul's getting my vote no matter what.
As a liberal and a supporter of Obama, I beg you, Ron Paul, not to run as a third party candidate! You will make Obama lose! Stay out of the race, because I want Obama to win!
I am one of those people that will be voting for Ron Paul, even if the republicans don't back him. If I have to I will just write down Ron Paul name on the ballot. The way I look at it republicans and democrats are just to paid off and focus on to many special interest groups. I want a president who won't be anybody's puppet, and just focus on issues that American citizens want. We can not take anymore of republicans and democrats having total control of this country. Enough is Enough.
me too!!!! If you're sick of voting for rich corporate-funded elitsts, vote for Ron Paul. It's really that simple kiddos.
You da man! I will write his name in as well. No Matter What! Do not beleive the propaganda machine.
I guess "Average" American means extreme minority American. Good luck with that.
Ron Paul should have done this from the get go. The time was so ripe for the success of a third party. Everyone was so disgusted with what the two main parties had to offer, I think that would have been very wise of him... Now that he aligned himself with the republicans, he's missed his golden opportunity.... I have to say, I DO like his honesty, his grasp of the economic situation and his integrity. I'll still vote for him, but felt he should have been independent...
If he would have started off as an independant, the two party system that has been an awful political legacy wouldnt have allowed him the opportunity to get anywhere near the debates. How many independant debates have you seen on TV? Dr. Paul is an old-school representative that appeals to the new school of intellectuals. So you see, the strategy is working, I myself would write him in, as would all of his supporters, in my opinion. Research and you will see that his arguments are sound.
Running as a third party candidate is not as simple as it sounds. You get excluded from virtually all aspects of election coverage, whether it's debates, new stories, etc... Even with Ron Paul's increased popularity since his 08 run, I still don't think it would be enough for him to be able to get the votes he needs. But at least it would give some of us the chance to vote for someone we truly support.
As long as we have the electoral college a third party has no chance. That's why both parties won't get rid of it. Love Dr. Ron Paul. The guy is money.
The real question is will Romney run as a 3rd party candidate. He is polling in the top 3 in most polls despite his clearly democratic agenda. He supported giving money to the banks, he helped write Obamacare, and he would keep our national defense in a foreign land where it can't protect us from say, Mexico which is invading our country every day. Honestly I don't see him running as an independent, and will likely fall to the way side.
Ron Paul 2012
• Paul may sound radical to some people, but other people know that it will take some radical changes to fix this mess we find ourselves in. How many other candidates will even mention the Patriot Act, TSA molesters, police checkpoints, ending these despicable wars, cutting spending? Ron Paul stands for what is right and true, even if it is not in the party line. RP is our last hope to restore America. Otherwise things will only get worse as the same failed policies continue regardless of which party is in office.
Maybe you will get some traffic on your website now.
and, unlike ANY other candidates, he has remained 'ON MESSAGE' for over 30 years...he was right back then, and he's right right now...look at what these debates have focused on! fiscal responsibility, monetary policy, reckless legislation – and even more importantly, executive orders...dr paul's ideas have been the center of almost every discussion...as well, i think the democrats who don't like the policies of our president could find ron paul as a real alternative...
Maybe he could win it if he was given a fair amount of coverage due to one who has consistently ranked 3rd in national polling... no one is asking if the other candidates will run 3rd party or not.
Seriously! The media has already counted Ron Paul out. They didn't ever give him the time of day. He is the only candidate that is different. He's the best shot this country has of changing it's course. Frankly, he should get the Repub nomination. I think he would have the best chance of winning, a huge chunk of his supporters are independent voters.
I really do not believe Paul. Does anyone believe that once he loses the nomination that he will pack up and go home? Remember he is retiring from Congress. So he has no election to lose in Congress. So why not take this to the end and go out with a bang as a third party candidate?
It makes to much sense for him not to
except that getting in as 3rd party gives an advantage to a disastrous barack obama...ron paul loves his country too much to be the man who propels mr obama into a second term...
I think he would hurt both parties and not truly affect one more than the other. In the general election it is quite different than the primary elections. In the general elections you don't have to be registered as a Democrat to vote Democrat, nor do you have to be a Green-Party to cast a vote for the Green-Party. There are national rules on general elections, and therefore I see lots of disgruntled Democrats, and Republicans casting a vote for Ron Paul if he ran as a third party.
Equal is my final word.
Agreed. I'm registered Republican but tend to vote Libertarian when a candidate presents. I could see Ron Paul taking the moderate vote. Extreme Dems and extreme Repubs will vote along party lines regardless, it's the moderates that are easily swayed, a candidate like Paul is just different enough to get the votes that could make him a legit 3rd party threat.
3rd-party candidate? Great! A Ross Perot repeat which would divide the Teapublican vote and make Obama's landslide even more credible.
My goodness, you sure are willing to spend our country into oblivion Renee. Obama had his chance and never delivered. He is the Big Bank President and they love him like none other. And it isn't just the Dems destroying the country – none of the other GOP candidates will make any meaningful cuts to our spending either. If you have any interest in providing a future for our children, support Ron Paul. Any other choice is just a another blow into the debt balloon.
Whether or not he runs 3rd party or not, I believe a fair number of his supporters (me included) will vote for him whether or not he gets the nomination. Bush, Obama, Romney, Perry are all equally oblivious to the largest problem facing America today and that is the devaluation of the dollar and the massive inflation we will experience if fiscal policy is not turned around. The 1%ers who influence congress are the only people that benefit from inflation (because they get the newly printed money) while the middle class is left with nothing. Just look at the biggest campaign contributions for Romney, Perry, Cain, and Obama compared to Paul.
If Romney is the Republican nominee, I will support Paul if he runs as a third party candidate. I don't know why Paul doesn't do that anyway as he isn't going to get the Republican nomination!
He will get the nomination.
I absolutely think he SHOULD RUN third party. Simply because you in the media DO NOT give him proprer coverage. Example: When Dr Paul was third in the polls like Perry is right now you excluded him and made it a Romney/Perry race. Now you give coverage to the top three. Ridiculous. Yes you will argue he has been on your shows. But to me that is merely a token gesture so that you can try and quiet his supporters. Never is he talked about as a serious contender even with a consistent 10 to 14% following. If you guys gave him a fair shot I would say no but CNN FOX MSNBC and others minimize him shame on you. Besides he can pull votes from all sides Independents, Repubs, and blue Democrats. He should run third party if he is not the nominee.
He would never win. R & D would keep him far away from the debates and ballots. Don't be naive.
That is pretty interesting. I used to believe that Paul going 3rd party would actually hurt Romney and the GOP more-so than Obama. However, seeing the current economic state of the country and the uprisings in the streets by the Tea-party and OWS, I could see a dissent in the people from the 2 party system. This year's election is becoming very interesting.
Ron Paul is leading in the polls and individual donations. He stated many times he would not run as a 3rd party candidate...and why would he? Oh, isolationism is not the same as interventionism...Duh, and Ron Paul advocates trade and friendship with other nations. Media should really be better informed if they hope to contribute to society.
I think if he ran as a third party candidate, the Republicans would lose. Better choose him in the primaries folks! Either way, he gets my vote. Even if I have to write him in.
Oh, and he's not an isolationist.
I don't think he should or would run on a third party ticket. He has many good ideas but...not enough support from the masses at this time in history. The media and the parties keep saying the people want...and they haven't got a clue. They (politicians and media) are just talking to hear their heads roar, as my father always said. The people want justice. Homes, retirements, bank accounts and jobs have been stolen from them and then taxed with higher percentages than the wealthy.
DO IT! Both sides of the aisle are frauds. I know lots of people (family and friends) who have already committed their vote to Paul. We need a different direction in this country otherwise our greed for entitlements and war will be our nail in the coffin. Who would Thomas Jefferson vote for? -Ron Paul 2012!
If Paul doesn't get the nomination there will be overwhelming pressure from his growing number of supporters to run as a third party candidate. I think he means it when he says he has no plans to run, but if he gets shut down by the GOP the funding and pressure for a Ron Paul run will be there. He is right if you look at the real differences between a Romney/Obama race it will just be minor differences. Remember last election when both McCain and Obama came together to support the bailout. The real problems that we face in this country will not be fixed and we will go 4 years down the road and be worse off than we are now. Having a Romney Obama presidential race would produce similar results to a President Obama and VP Romney ticket. Other than minor changes here and there its an election between Ron Paul Vs. Obama/Romney/Cain. I have no attachment to Ron Paul, he is one man just like me. He however is a man that has found himself in a position with both the knowledge and experience to implement the corrective action this country needs to improve the quality of life of the American people. You owe it to your self and your country to read his plan and decide for your self instead of blindly assuming the position of an economist or journalist that that help lead us into this mess.
I'd vote for Paul as a third party candidate, since he is the only one with the courage to end the Afghanistan debacle, and bring our troops home where they belong.
I hope so. He has no chance of being the GOP nominee, and his siphoning of right-wing votes would guarantee a 2nd term for Obama.
2nd Term for Obama is working so well now..
"But you could make a case that Paul also appeals to many isolationist and deficit-cutting Democrats"
Why does the MSM keep trying to tie Ron Paul to isolationism? Please learn the definition of non-intervention.
Because it's propaganda, they try to associate him with isolationism, 9/11 "truthers" (although I don't know what's wrong with the truth), and killing grandma.
Regardless of what happens if he doesn't get the nomination, all Paul supporters are planning to write him in. There is no way we could vote for the establishment, it would be pointless. If it comes down to this, we will see the largest write in campaign in history. It is not about Paul, it is about building the support for Liberty and Freedom which will win in the end.
Strike a blow for freedom and true democracy! Write-in Ron Paul. If enough of us do it, it will be a movement. Maybe even garner some publicity. The people speak and they say, "Enough of the 2 party system, they had their chance and they blew it".
I agree with you Mr. Blitzer. I have been a registered Democrat ever since I was old enough to vote, and this month I switched in order to vote in the California GOP primary. What makes Dr. Paul's core support so fascinating is that it cannot be defined in the traditional sense in that it represents the entire political spectrum. It is a different kind of rainbow coalition. I worked as a volunteer on the Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Fred Harris and Richard Gephardt presidential campaigns. Although a registered Democrat, I liked Barry Commoner in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992. I liked George H.W. Bush in 1988 much to the dismay of my fellow Democrats. I think for myself and do not necessarily vote along party lines. I am quite conservative in some areas and liberal in others. I've always leaned towards populist candidates with the exception of Jimmy Carter (Bush Sr. was more populist than he is given credit for). I do not subscribe completely to Libertarian concepts either, but I do believe the U.S. Constitution and the Bill Of Rights are the best guidelines for governing ever devised, and it is still the source and rule of law for our nation. I do not consider this to be “fringe” or “extreme.” How I view the USA, its protocol, the way I operate and in my life and interface in our society is derivative of what I was taught in school and growing up – namely that these documents are the sacrosanct bedrock of the United States of America. Throughout our history an immeasurable amount of blood has been spilled to protect what those documents represent. I will vote for Ron Paul in the California GOP Primary, and in the general election if he gets the nod. But if he doesn't – I hope he reconsiders his third party position and runs. I believe it is an urgent matter.
I I would certainly hope that Ron Paul would consider running on a third party ticket. Unfortunately the Republican camp would probably try to stop him like many camps have done in the past, both Democrat and Republican.
It definitely would make things interesting. I think if he doesn't get the nomination he SHOULD run as a 3rd party candidate. I think he appeals to a large majority of both conservatives and liberals. He'll get my vote no matter what – even if it's a write in.
Paul needs to get out. I like some of his ideas, etc. but mainstream America is not ready for him. Plus, does he not listen to anyone. He does not project leadership. He seems to be very jittery and his jacket seems to fall off him sometimes. To me, he is a very good educator, and idea man, but not the leader of the free world. Sorry, but neither is Perry – he reminds me of GW and if he got the nomination it would be so easy for the media/Democrats to make the comparison and scare people into not voting for him.
So you'd vote for a nice head of hair over sound judgement and a viable vision for the country? Don't kid yourself – voting Romney will be no different than re-electing Obama. Romney and Obama will both spend this country to the end of ruin. Ron Paul offers the country a chance to set things right. Don't throw your vote away because Dr. Paul doesn't speak in a deeper voice or give you better stage presence
II agree with Sid B that Ron Paul should hang it up because the mainstream public isn't read for real change or accountability by our federal government. Instead, we should probably wait until we are forced to take Greece like austerity measures instead of using common sense and making reasonable budget cuts now. Plus, the people who do know what the Constitution says know that it is by far overrated. That is why I am voting for GE and Goldman Sachs again...
I've pondered the same and have come to the conclusion that...
Yes, he will run as a 3rd party candidate ESPECIALLY if Romney wins the nominee. One would have to agree that his support is definitely there and would encourage him to do so. This accompanied with the fact that there could be possible blowback from conservatives who DIDN'T vote for Romney in the primaries and are insistent on an "anything but Romney" nomination.
Good thoughts Mr. Blitzer
Lets hope that Ron Paul gets the Republican nomination, then he will for sure win. I have less hope for him if he were to run against Romney and Obama.
...I think he'll win the nomination by a LANDSLIDE. ...but if he doesn't (and that will be because of corruption, NO DOUBT!), I'm thinking a vast majority will WRITE HIM IN!!!!! ...I know I WILL!!!
What planet are you from? Have you ever watched an election? Ron Paul has about as much chance of winning as the Great Pumpkin.
That would be great! Run Ronny Run!!
Ah yeah... all this and still no mention of Ron Paul Winning the the Ohio (swing state) straw poll by over 50% of the votes. CNN wants Ron Paul as a 3rd party candidate so Obama will win.... But they just don't get it. Ron Paul is electable!!!! And they should be scared!
I am not convinced America will nominate Romney over Paul. I am hearing very good things about Ron Paul in my community. We need an honest solution with strong principles to begin healing this Nation. Age, experience knowledge. Some things money cannot but.
Wonder if he ran as third party, if they would let him into the debates (has there ever been a three man presidential debate). You know the pressure his followers can generate on the media. From an entertainment (and discomfort for Obama) standpoint, would love to see it.
"I pressed and asked whether it were possible that he would run as a third-party candidate – which he did in 1988, when he was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate."
Yep, Paul-Bots. It's been that long......and still nobody listens to him. There might be a reason.
The center may just be large enough at this point in American history for the first Independent to be voted into the White House. Its a long shot, but if there was ever an election where it could happen I think this is it. Deep discontent and a sizable radical fringe on both ends of the political spectrum. It would be a beautiful thing to have an Independent Libertarian in office who is beholden to neither party in Congress. That may be just what we need right now.
If you are truly a journalist, you should know the difference between isolationism and non-intervention.So, so much for fairness.
This election won't hurt you, but the rest of this country will be in big trouble, because like Dr. Paul said, it will be more of the same.
Raul Paul is the only one offering bold, but common sense, solutions to the problems plagueing our country. I've always been a supporter, but now that I know more about him and where he stands on issues, it's a no-brainer.
The doctor is IN! Ron Paul 2012
Ron Paul definately has some wackedout ideas, but her certaily offers some very interesting ideas that I think could appeal to Dems and Inds. Third party run would also give him a much larger venue to get around his lack of coverage, and have more influence on how the next president (the same one, or a new one) will position themselves in preparation to serve the next four years. I say do it Ron!
I used to hear from people how crazy Ron Paul was and that his ideas were crack-pot... until I looked into it for myself and actually read what Ron Paul wants to do. Turned out his ideas and his stand on the issues made a lot more sense than any of the other candidates. And Ron has stuck to his ideas with a lengthy consistancy unlike Romney and Perry who have flipped every which way in recent history and Herman who is still figuring out what he wants to say.
I voted for Obama in 2008, but would vote for Ron Paul if he ran as a third-party candidate. I don't believe I'm alone...
You're not alone.
If Paul runs as an independent Obama wins for sure.
Republicans can be sure of one thing. If they don't nominate Paul, he will run third party and take his loyal 10% with him, ensuring Obama's re-election.
Please run as a third party candidate, PLEASE!!
Two things you are being short-sighted about, Wolf.
1. Paul stated before, and it seems you should find out, in some states it is not allowed to switch parties and remain on the ballot.
2. Since Perot, third-party candidates have not been allowed to participate in debates. That is not a coincidence, but rather, a conspiracy.
I've heard Dr. Paul mention the "sore loser" laws you are referring to in interviews as well, but those laws do not apply to national races. They are state laws that solely govern state elections. It would be entirely legal for Ron Paul to run as the Libertarian/Reform Party/Tea Party/Campaign for Liberty nominee should he choose to do so. The real problem with a third party candidacy is the debates. The Presidential Election Debate Commission is presided over by a Republican and a Democrat and they are not usually inclined to allow a third option to be included in that process.
For the sake of our country – I can only HOPE that he does
We all know what is going to happen if Ron Paul doesn't get the GOP nod. Obama will be president again. That is why the establishment liberals rail against him. Ron Paul supporters will likely NOT vote for anyone other than Ron Paul in the GENERAL election and that is now a significant number of voters...enough to give Obama the win.
Also, How many times do you have to use the word "isolationist" and get it wrong? Ron Paul's position is non-interventionist. This has been contested by Ron Paul and his supporters since 2007 and still you get it wrong. I know you are an intelligent guy, and this strongly appears to be nothing more than intellectual dishonesty.
If he does not win the GOP nomination he will most certainly run as a third party candidate. And I will vote for him.
@Michael, I hear you. Its interesting to see things as a Libertarian (I mean me, not you). This is because, the difference between Obama and Romney is not really that great. So, if Dr. Paul running as a LP or independent spoils the show for Obama or Romney, do I personally care? Not really. But it gives Dr. Paul another shot, so thats a big plus.
In the case that Dr. Paul doesn't win the Republican nomination, I would like him to run on the Libertarian ticket. Obviously, so he has a chance to win, and also because it would help to formally split up the Tea Party. Currently the Tea Party seems half Paulites and half Palinites. Personally, as someone who supports the Liberty movement, I'd prefer not be associated with Mrs. Palin, Mrs. Bachmann, Mr. Perry and Mr. Cain. So dividing the Tea Party into a 'Libertea Party' and a 'God-fearing Tea Party' would be a good base to build from.
I think it is a guarantee that there will be a third party candidate and even a strong fourth Party candidate. But I don't see Paul as a Libertarian. Perhaps the Tea Party will run Perry. The Democrats could come up with an extreme left winger like Bernie sanders as a fourth party entry. Ron Paul is a Goof Ball, but if he does get on some partys ballot, the vote he gets will come mainly from the right, benifitting Obama. Doug.
I think Ron Paul is already drawing quite a few Democrats and Independents. I personally know of a few Democrats who are registering as Republican just to vote for Paul in the primaries. We may all be surprised when election time gets here...
Why would he run 3rd party when he's about to win the Republican nomination?
I think he would do very well as a third party candidate. There are many conservatives AND liberals who love his message of liberty. With the general disappointment in Obama thus far, and the unenthusiastic Republican opinion of Romney...I believe that Ron Paul could benefit from great bipartisan support. After the debt ceiling debacle, many Americans are realizing the problems with both parties and the status quo.
Does a third party candidate get invited to general election debates? Would a third party candidate get equal coverage as the two sides of the same coin, i.e. Republican/Democrat.? I'm sure the guy with a similar name as one of Santa's Reindeer and a beard like ol' Saint Nick can answer those questions, political junk? No! political fool if you ax me!
Ron Paul is the only serious candidate for the Presidency, and he offers answers that inspire hope he doesn't offer hope without answers!
Obama, Perry, Romney all cut from the same mold.
Bachman, Cain, Santorum just plain idiots with no common sense!
RON PAUL 2012!
BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!
END THE WAR ON DRUGS!
END THE FEDERAL RESERVE!
PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR ALL!
RON PAUL 2012!
Wolf, every single time you talk to Paul, you ask if he's going to run 3rd party. Every single time he says "no." It was understandable in the '08 cycle as he was polling in low single digits. Now it's 2011 and he is now a credible contender for the republican nomination, yet you continue this nonsense and float this garbage out there to damage Paul's credibility. Please be a more responsible journalist and treat him as a candidate for the REPUBLICAN nomination, which is the ONLY thing he is running for. Thanks.
How many times does Ron Paul have to tell you he's NOT running as a third party candidate? I've counted at least 3 interviews in the past few months where you bring it up. Every single time Dr. Paul has answered the same.
Ron Paul is a republican. He will not run third party. How many times does it have to be stated for you to understand, Wolf?
Hopefully we won't have to worry about such an outcome since Mr. Paul will definetly win the Republican nomination, and then win the presidency. Let's stop worrying about what could happen, and look to what is going to happen. Ron Paul will be our 45th president!
Q: BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Ron Paul run as 3rd party candidate?
A: Nope, he'll win the GOP nomination
If he doesn't get the GOP nomination I hope he does. The GOP is so slimy and corrupt, I had to deal with them being a Ron Paul delegate in 2008, they are ruthless and disgusting. One of the other Ron Paul delegates was even pushed down to the ground by one of the GOP thugs. Ron Paul is too good for that party they don't deserve such an honorable man but since the GOP has become such a depraved party that would like to destroy the Constitution it really shouldn't be a surprise they use such nasty tactics.
Wolf if Ron Paul switched parties now he would not gain any more votes. Those that like Paul, which are a small number would still be his only backers. Ron Paul is no different really from any other politician. What Paul lacks is the support behind him from other politicians. Even if he wanted to lead he couldn't because they would not follow him. Paul's alliance with republicans for a number of years and then attempting to change horses in the middle of a stream by running as an independent would be his certain downfall. I am sure he realizes that and will not consider changing parties at this juncture.
Paul just does not have the support, financial backing or charisma to win Wolf. It is unfortunate but still the way it is. He has little successful legislation behind him to back his credentials and for all the years he has spent in politics he has done really very little to help anyone. He has been excellent at occupying space but that is about it. I think Ron Paul needs to retire and let someone with new and innovative ideas looking and working towards the future instead of always looking behind them fill his shoes. His time has come and gon
Right. The small number of supporters that voted for him in the straw polls that he has won by a landslide.
While, it might be somewhat intriguing to, "think about." Perhaps, you should let the people vote in a primary or caucus first, before you start to beat the drum of all this third party stuff...it puts doubt in minds of voters in terms of this so-called electability. (That shouldn't be your goal) Looking closely at all the candidates it would seem to me, the one most likely to beat Obama would be, Dr. Ron Paul. It would be very interesting to see if Romney or another Neo-conservative ran third party after that. That's my take, Mr. Blitzer.
PS I will not be voting for anyone else in the current field
Paul has said repeatidly that he will not run under a 3rd party. I have to believe the man, as he comes across as very transparent and honest.
That being said, i do not believe that Paul will necessarily endorse the Republican Nominee for President. He didn't endorse John McCain in 2008. I believe it is very possible that Paul endorses a 3rd Party Candidate for President. With his legion of Constitutionalist followers doing the same.
Not sure who this would help/hurt more, as its clear that Paul can draw from both sides of the Political Spectrum.
Finally, Paul is not an ISONLATIONIST....JESUS WOLF.....Paul believes in NON-INTERVENTION, which is totally different than ISOLATION.
Thank you Wolf Blitzer for your interesting piece on a possible 3rd party bid by Ron Paul. I am a Ron Paul supporter and feel that he should run on a third party ticket if he does not win the nomination. I think that Ron Paul would be allowed in the debates if he ran 3rd party because of his stature on the political stage. Of course Ron Paul would never acknowledge any thought of pursuing a 3rd party bid at this time, as it would only hurt him and give fuel to the fire for those who say is impossible for him to win the Republican Nomination.
Ron Paul's "radical" budget only reflects a rejection of the truly radical status quo philosophy of Keynesian economics which has only made the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Some like all of Ron Paul's policies but ALL like some of his policies. He would make this the most interesting election we would ever see if this scenario happened. He's got my vote either way.
No, he wouldn't. He didn't in 2008 and he wouldn't now. He is absolutely right about the Republicans and Democrats. There is no real difference between them. I think you will get the same answer from all supporters of Ron Paul. WE would not support any other Republican candidate and instead, would write Ron Paul on the ballot before we would vote for either a Republican who does not espouse the ideals of freedom and liberty and we wouldn't vote for Obama.
Nice try, Wolf, again...for the 1000th time. Paul is focused on winning the Republican nomination–just because he has his eyes open to the failed system, doesn't mean he's going to run 3rd party. Why don't you ask Bachmann or Santorum these questions? Paul has said time and time again that he wouldn't run 3rd party because of this same failed system. You can't even get on the ballot-all these questions do is try to marginalize Paul's performance in the primary-making people think he's not serious. He's in it to win it...and if you agree with him, you need to volunteer and get active in helping him win right now.
The point of articles like this is to marginalize Paul and get people assuming he won't get the GOP nod.
He won't get the GOP nod because he has no chance of winning - because most people think he's a loon. And there's nothing his little rabid band of supporters can do about it.
Absolutely, most of us can see right through this charade though. They've been trying to marginalize him and ignore him since 2008. Nothing new here. Wolf is just another gatekeeper.