Ron Paul - Praises Barr - Rejects McCain

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 5:32pm.


Rep. Ron Paul recently made waves when he announced his intention to stage a competing one-day mini-convention across town from the Republican National Convention next September.

Paul, who has won only 35 delegates in the GOP's winner-take-all primary system but enjoys a large and enthusiastic following, has refused to end his candidacy and has not been invited to speak at the official convention because he will not endorse McCain.


Paul spoke to CNN's John Roberts on Wednesday about his plans for the gathering, insisting that he does not see it as a "mini-convention" but merely as a "rally" to celebrate his campaign.

"We've already expanded the arena that we're going to hold it in because of the positive reception," Paul told Roberts. "We're very optimistic that we're going to have a real nice celebration of the views that we've been holding."

Paul emphasized that "we're not going to parade, we're not going to march, we're not going to disrupt, we're not going to demonstrate, as much as present a positive case for values that we believe should be the Republican values — limited government, personal liberty, a sensible foreign policy, and a sound monetary system. … We're just going to remind the country … that we don't have to accept big government programs and blending the two parties together where the people don't have an actual choice."

"Does [McCain] represent those values faithfully?" Roberts asked.

"Very much — the values that we're competing with," Paul answered. "Not our values."

"Does he represent true Republican values?" Roberts repeated.

"I don't think so at all," Paul replied. "He does not represent limited government values, and the Republicans deserve to hear the other side of the story."

Roberts then asked Paul about former Congressman Bob Barr, who was chosen as this year's Libertarian Party nominee after Paul refused to repeat his 1988 candidacy. "Does he faithfully represent the values of the Libertarian Party?"

"I think so," Paul replied, explaining that Barr may not have had a perfect voting record in Congress, but "that doesn't mean that he can't represent these values. He's saying the things that he should be saying. … He can have a very positive effect in this campaign."

David Edwards and Muriel Kane - June 12, 2008 - posted at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 5:32pm.