Ron Paul to Back Obama?

It is far short of an endorsement, but Ron Paul has expressed a preference for Barack Obama over John McCain due to his positions on foreign policy.

In an interview on The Situation Room, Paul told Wolf Blitzer that endorsing Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, “would really confuse” his supporters “because they know we have a precise program and we have to defend that program.”

Having a Republican win the upcoming presidential election is “secondary” for Paul who is more interested in defending the Constitution, having the country go in what he considers the right direction, having a sound currency, and achieving balanced budgets. Paul parts ways with McCain over McCain’s support for the Iraq war, his approach to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and his willingness to spend federal dollars to support military operations in Iraq.

Instead, Paul favors Sen. Barack Obama because of positions on foreign policy. “But that’s doesn’t mean that’s an endorsement,” Paul quickly added.

The sounds you hear in the background are the exploding heads of all the Ron Paul supporters who have been writing that we cannot have Obama because he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Oh yes, to them he’s a socialist too.

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    MsJoanne says:

    I have to say, that would be quite the coup.
    I drove to MN (I live in IL) to work a couple of weeks ago and there are still dozens of hand-painted billboards (not just campaign signs) all along Interstate 90/94.
    Paul remains very popular and Obama would get a huge bump from him.  I hope he does endorse him.
     
     

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    Ron Chusid says:

    It would be of interest considering that many “libertarians” are far more conservatives than true libertarians who vote primarily on issues such as tax cuts as opposed to any other measure of supporting liberty. This might force some to reconsider their political alliances.

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    MsJoanne says:

    At this point, the “tax and spend” liberals would be by far more fiscally conservative then the clowns running the show now.
     
    I have Libertarian leanings, but don’t buy into the full boat.  I think government has a place in society (social programs).  And right now, we are reaching a point where people are losing shelter, making choices between food, medicine, heat, and gas.
     
    This criminal cabal has raped our society at all levels but the very top.
     
    Let them eat cake, indeed.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    MsJoanne,

    There are two common faults shared by libertarians which you get at in your comment. They tend to buy the Republican line on economics, failing to realize that their tax cuts accompanied by increased military spending are far more fiscally irresponsible than anything the Democrats would do. Secondly for many it becomes a religion where you must “buy into the full boat.” Some don’t differentiate between the government inspecting meat as opposed to the government getting us involved in Iraq.

    If freedom is looked at on a more rational level then Obama is the most libertarian candidate of the major party candidates. The question is whether many libertarians can think through their ideological programming and see this.

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    MsJoanne says:

    Well, let us hope, then, that Ron Paul can give them a bit of a push. 🙂

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