Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton should be very concerned about challenger Bernie Sanders, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul told Newsmax TV
"I don't think Bernie is likely to be the president, but what he's doing is pointing out that Hillary is not going to be president either," Paul, who has run for the White House as both a Republican and a Libertarian, said in an interview on "Newmax Prime" with hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan.
"It may turn out that they'll think a coalition and putting Bernie on as a vice presidential candidate or something like that," he said. "Maybe this country is not doing so well for the cause of liberty, but I'm not sure they're ready to pick somebody who's a declared, an honestly declared, Socialist."
He added that, regardless of the other stories making the headlines about the Clinton campaign, "the story will remain that Hillary is not doing very well in the polls."
Paul, the father of 2016 presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, said that Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz "has a more important position in the Congress" as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee than he would as House Speaker..
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On Sunday, Chaffetz launched his long-shot race for Speaker in hopes of succeeding John Boehner, who quit abruptly last month.
Paul said the four-term Republican could be effective on regulating such issues as online gambling and Internet taxation — and he has supported Paul on auditing the Federal Reserve.
"Although he's voted with us on audit the fed, he's in a position now where he could help us but won't take a position," Paul said. "He's not going to lead the charge for pointing out the dangers of the Federal Reserve System."
Paul added, however, that right now he would not support either Chaffetz or current front-runner California Rep. Kevin McCarthy for the post, preferring Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for speaker.
"He would be the individual that would come closest to what I've tried to do," Paul said of Webster, "but I don't want to be held to that to defend everything that he might've said."
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