Presidential hopeful Ron Paul said Monday his slow but steady rise in the polls on the eve of the New Hampshire primary showed that his message is getting out to the Granite State that the world is changing — particularly financially — and the nation’s fiscal priorities need to be changed as well.
“It looks like our message is getting out — and it’s a great state — they believe in a limited government and the issues I’ve been talking about,” Paul told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. “I think the country and the world has changed — certainly the financial situation has changed, worldwide — domestically as well as internationally. And of course, that was my big issue for many, many years and motivated me to get involved in politics in the 70s, warning about a financial bubble, and warning about the financial system, and the monetary system.
“But we also [have] credibility on the foreign policy, too, because the foreign policy we fought for the past 10 years contributed [to] $4 trillion dollars worth of debt,” Paul said. “That means money spent overseas on these wars was taken away from the people — and that’s why we’re having trouble paying the bills for medical care in this country. And I think it’s coming together — and of course the young people are enthusiastic about these viewpoints.”
Jenkins asked the Texas congressman about claims that Paul’s foreign policy is dangerous, particularly those made by presidential rival Rick Santorum.
“I sort of chuckle because I can’t see how a strict constitutionalist can be dangerous . . . because there are so few things we’re supposed to do at the national level and one is national defense. So my viewpoint is that what we do overseas undermines our national defense,” Paul said. “And we have too many conservatives who say if we spend more money overseas you’re going to get more defense — but I don’t believe that — you get more militarism.”
Paul also told Jenkins that no matter what the results will be in upcoming primaries, he will not run as a third-party candidate — simply because he does not have the funds.
“I’ve contributed some services here and it distracted me a little bit from a medical practice and also, you know, I gave up a pension — my federal pension fund — so I don’t have that kind of money,” Paul said. “So that’s a different story completely. And it is a system that is very biased against third-party movements. And right now I’m in this: I’m a contender.”
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