Interview with Ron Paul

Despite third place Nevada finish, Ron Paul vows a long campaign battle.
6:39 | 02/05/12

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This year's race for the White House came into clear focus this week. As President Obama got his best economic news in months. And Mitt Romney secured his claim to the nomination went back to back landslides that big win in Florida Tuesday and yesterday in Nevada. But about 70% of the caucus vote counted so far -- -- -- 48%. Newt Gingrich has 23% and right on his heels Texas congressman Ron Paul and he joins us now congressman Paul. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thank you -- to be -- you know you're in third place right now fighting for second in Nevada but you did come in second. In 2008. Must be hard not to be disappointed by not having that -- -- Well you know the votes aren't all counted yeah in -- seems to be complete chaos there even though was small caucus vote. There -- a lot of confusion so yes if you go from second -- third -- there be disappointment. But. But also on the positive side we will get a block of votes we will still get some delegates and we still will pursue you know our -- to go into the caucus states and and we'll have to wait and see how things you know proposal would get that first win. Well. You know it. It's hard to say exactly when but we have three or four caucus states that we believe our numbers are doing pretty good so we have to just wait and see. And continue that to do exactly what we're doing. -- -- Former speaker Newt Gingrich is also vowing to stay in this race straight through to the convention continues -- his pretty much scorched earth campaign. Against Mitt Romney last night take a lesson. The vast majority Republicans across the country are going to want an alternative. To -- Massachusetts moderate. Who has in his career. -- pro abortion pro gun control pro tax increase and who ranks third from the bottom. In creating jobs in the four years he was governor. A lot of other Republicans including Rick Santorum -- on the racing did that kind of continue to attack against Mitt Romney is gonna hurt the Republican Party. In the fall are you worried about that. I don't worry about a lot of things I don't worry about that I worry about myself I worry about the message I worry about the country I worry about the wars going on I worry about the economy in the real sand so. What it's like to have runaway inflation and those -- things I worry about and that's what energizes my supporters and that's why we -- these thousands of people coming out. So I don't worry about some of these details because I don't see a lot of different among. Our other candidates or between the two parties it's all big government spending nobody wants a key thing nobody wants to stop the wars that's what I worry about. Getting the country on the right track and I get energized because I know there's a large number of people who are looking for another option in some ways I agree with. With Gingrich about saying that. Romney doesn't satisfy a lot of people let me tell you there's a lot of people not satisfied with any of the candidates out there and that's why -- in -- -- ways we've seen a lower turnout right now. And that should if if if party. Building a party is their only goal they are wonder why they haven't offered something else and that's what I'm trying to change and offer them some real changes. You're exactly right lower -- -- Nevada in four years ago lower turnout in Florida. In four years ago and you've always said the your campaign is much more -- crusade much more of a mission but what exactly. Do you hope to achieve what kind of stand. Do you expect to put on the Republican platform this year. But the first thing you want to achieve is get its money bush beginning as many delegates and say your target high. And of course you said it for victory but you have to live within the real world. But in a campaign that is what the goal this is to galvanize people energized people get them out and vote. But his Beagle won it either or either believe in something in -- not in the race or you're in -- you don't believe a thing. I don't understand why you can't believe is something and still be in the race is the way I ran my congressional campaigns. And I was able to as stick to my principles vote that way challenge establishment get reelected. So it's a bigger challenge of course to do this in a nation. That we've done this you know an early primaries like Iowa New Hampshire. And we've been able to achieve that to a degree. That is my goal to make sure that campaigning and political activity. Represents true beliefs and a true understanding of what we're doing rather insane superficially -- -- win the race I don't know what I say it. I'm taking you at that point -- that's -- trying to get at the deeper question you said back in 2008 that you wanted to make a permanent mark be a permanent presence on the American political landscape. And and do you think you've been able to do that and what changes have you actually affected. Yeah I do but I don't take all the credit for evidence -- -- a big change in this country because there's a different understanding now. There's a lot more people talking about free market economics rather than keynesian. Welfare is -- -- Intervention is them so there's a large segment intellectually that is the case. But among the young people there is a revolution and intellectual revolution going on with the young people -- -- of people who have sat on the sidelines for years. The independence that I talked to. Obviously we're not in a large majority right now when the election come. But all anybody who cares about what -- -- -- to come to the campuses last night we had in a small college. In in Minnesota with thirteen hundred people coming up in their energize he has not been translated. Into an absolute political change but believe me the intellectual revolution going on in that has to come first before you see the political changes. And that's where I'm very optimist. You think you can change Mitt Romney's mind than any of these big issues and William endorsement he gets the nomination. Yeah I think Mitt did change his mind he's changed his mind in the past if he hears from are our young people and voters. And we continue this guy is that he could changes minors -- political benefit to it. So I think they all change your mind because they don't approach this with it with firm convictions. And if they do have a firm conviction much -- the time it's embedded. You know in a to a flawed economic policy flawed economic system a flawed. Monetary policies so yes there are open to it but they're only going to be open to it they're only gonna change your mind. Win that the emphasis come from the people and people's attitude -- government is a reflection of the people. So -- I want to change the government I wanna change it through the electoral process. But I also want to change the hearts and minds of people. That is where it really starts -- that is where were making the progress you've been consistent in that congressman Paul thanks very much for your time this morning.

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