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Ron Paul: Americans Have 'Very Poor Choices' in 2016 Election

 

By    |   Monday, 06 Jun 2016 01:29 PM

Americans have been left with "very poor choices and no real contest" in this year's presidential election, and the system, as it exists, does not leave room for a Libertarian candidate such as Gary Johnson to be a substantial part of the race, former Rep. Ron Paul said Monday.

"Even if we were really, really super happy with the Libertarian candidate, you think they'd get into the debates?" Paul, who mounted White House bids of his own in 2008 and 2012, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "The debates are run by the Republicans and Democrats."

In 2012, Paul was blocked from obtaining delegates at the party convention in Tampa, Fla., after delegates adopted a rule proposed that year requiring candidates to have won primaries or caucuses in at least eight states to appear on the ballot.  

"Policies never change," Paul told the morning show Monday. "I see the Republicans and Democrats, and all they do is fight and scream at each other. The size and scope of the executive branch, which is a big concern for me, keeps growing no matter which candidate, and whether, quite frankly, whether it's Hillary [Clinton] or [Donald] Trump."

Both of them, said Paul, believe in a strong executive branch of government, which is the "opposite of libertarianism."

Meanwhile, Paul said he's not "overly enthralled with either candidate," as nobody is "talking about the seriousness of the economy and the bankruptcy we face."

And as for Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, Paul doesn't think they have a chance, and there is no real contest this fall.

"We send hundreds of thousands of people and spend trillions going overseas, and saying, 'We're going to throw out your dictator, and we're going to force you have to democracy and elections,'" said Paul. "Then they have elections and we throw them out, because they're not our guy."

He said he is also skeptical no matter who wins; he doesn't believe foreign policy will change, and spending will continue to grow.

"Government intervention of the Federal Reserve is going to keep manipulating interest rates, and never facing up to the fact that this country has lived way beyond its means," said Paul. "I think the fighting, the personal fighting, is a distraction from the real issue, which is personal liberty and the bankruptcy of this country and the failure of our foreign policy."

Paul also commented that neither Trump nor Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are representing their parties' traditional views.

"Sanders doesn't even admit he's a Democrat," said Paul. "He's a socialist. And Trump, nobody accused him of being overly supportive of Republicans. And the evidence is that he wasn't much of a Republican in the past. He was whatever he wanted to be."

He said he also blames the media for the fighting, as "it's good for ratings."

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