Ron Paul Says Entering Presidential Race As Libertarian Party Candidate ‘Not In The Cards’ – OpEd


In a new Fox Business interview, host Kennedy asks Ron Paul the question many people have considered the last couple days: With Paul’s son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) having dropped out of the presidential race this week, how about the senior Paul jump into the 2016 presidential contest by seeking the Libertarian Party nomination?

Paul responds that such a run is “not in the cards.”

Watch the complete interview here:

Paul concludes in the interview that libertarians should “forget about the Republicans and Democrats” in the 2016 presidential race. The remaining Republican and Democrat choices in the race, explains Paul, “are all interventionists when it comes to war, when it comes to monetary policy, when it comes to civil liberties.” Thus, libertarians, Paul says, “are going to have to go to an alternative party.”

Paul, who is chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, first ran for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee. Paul won under one percent on election day in that race. Yet, his campaign — like his later two presidential runs in Republican Party primaries — introduced many people to the value of liberty and a peaceful foreign policy. Thus, the 1988 campaign achieved what Paul says in the interview was his purpose in politics — “to reach people, to try to change their minds.”

This article was published by the RonPaul Institute.

3 thoughts on “Ron Paul Says Entering Presidential Race As Libertarian Party Candidate ‘Not In The Cards’ – OpEd

  • February 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I am looking forward to voting for the Libertarian Party candidate in November, hopefully Gary Johnson.

  • February 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Just think of all the idiots back in 2012 who said Ron Paul is nuts & would screw the country up….then proceeded to vote for Romney or Obama. Now you tell me, WHO’S NUTS!?

  • February 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    With the latest poll among Libertarian convention-goers showing that Austin Petersen (whoever he is ???) getting twice the support of Gary Johnson (WTF???), I’m hoping that this turns trend turns around quickly as not to squander what will most likely be the best opportunity a Libertarian candidate for President has ever had for success. If Gary Johnson is going to get blown away by an unknown (Petersen) at the LP convention this summer, I sincerely hope that Ron Paul will consider stepping in to the race once more to give the Libertarian Party a candidate with a realistic chance of beating either Trump and Sanders, or Trump and Clinton. Gary Johnson could beat Trump, Sanders, or Clinton, as could Ron Paul. A Paul / Johnson, or Johnson / Paul ticket would be a winning combination. With all the work that Gary Johnson has done to get a Libertarian into the presidential debates and all that Ron Paul has done for the liberty movement, it would be a shame to see all of that progress wasted on a Libertarian candidate (Petersen) who will go nowhere and keep the Libertarian Party in the shadows.


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