Ron Paul Says Entering Presidential Race as Libertarian Party Candidate ‘Not in the Cards’

by | Feb 5, 2016

In a new Fox Business interview, host Kennedy asks Ron Paul the question many people have considered the last couple days: With Paul’s son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) having dropped out of the presidential race this week, how about the senior Paul jump into the 2016 presidential contest by seeking the Libertarian Party nomination? Paul responds that such a run is “not in the cards.”

Watch the complete interview here:

Paul concludes in the interview that libertarians should “forget about the Republicans and Democrats” in the 2016 presidential race. The remaining Republican and Democrat choices in the race, explains Paul, “are all interventionists when it comes to war, when it comes to monetary policy, when it comes to civil liberties.” Thus, libertarians, Paul says, “are going to have to go to an alternative party.”

Paul, who is chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, first ran for president in 1988 as the Libertarian Party nominee. Paul won under one percent on election day in that race. Yet, his campaign — like his later two presidential runs in Republican Party primaries — introduced many people to the value of liberty and a peaceful foreign policy. Thus, the 1988 campaign achieved what Paul says in the interview was his purpose in politics — “to reach people, to try to change their minds.”


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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