Ron Paul on If He'd Support Romney In Fall: ‘I Haven’t Decided’

April 2, 2012 - 9:49 AM

Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

(CNSNews.com) – Twice in the past 24 hours, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has told broadcast media outlets he may not support Mitt Romney, if Romney becomes the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

On Monday, asked if he could support the Republican nominee, whoever it may be – Paul told WMAL radio in Washington, “I haven’t decided.”

“I want us to stand for something,” Paul told WMAL. “You now, for fifty, sixty years, we change parties, but we never change policy.”

Paul gave the example of President George W. Bush, who engaged in nation building after opposing it during the presidential campaign. He also criticized Bush for expanding government and exploding the deficit.

“Which Republican other than myself would look into the Federal Reserve?” Paul asked.

Appearing Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Paul told host Bob Schieffer something similar when Schieffer asked if Paul would support Romney.

"Well, I--I haven't made that decision yet. I'm still campaigning," Paul said.

Schieffer repeated, "You haven't made the decision on whether you would support Mitt Romney if he gets the nomination?"

"No, I have not," Paul responded.

Paul also insisted that he has no plans to run as a third party candidate. And he said he finds it hard to imagine himself as Romney's running mate:

"I don't see how that would happen. There's too many disagreements," Paul said. "I like Mitt Romney as a person. I think he is a dignified person and I--you know, I have no common ground on economics. I mean, he doesn't--he isn't worried about the Federal Reserve. And he isn't worried about the foreign policy. He doesn't talk about civil liberties, so I have a hard time to expect him ever to invite me to campaign with him."

Paul said he's trying to get the Republican Party "back to their roots."

"The truth is, I'm trying to save the Republican Party from themselves, because they want perpetual wars. They don't care about Presidents who assassinate American citizens. They don't care about searching our houses without search warrants, and these are the kind of things that people care with about, and if the Republicans would take a different position, they may save themselves, but right now, I see they're going to be in big trouble.

"What about the deficit?” Paul continued. “Sure the Democrats spend too much money, but the Republicans said, well, our proposal was to balance the budget in thirty years. I mean, people are laughing at that, so I say cut the budget by a trillion dollars. This idea that you have a debt crisis the worst in the history of the world and we won't cut spending, we have a problem."