Ron Paul, known more for his libertarian views than for being a typical Republican, has been serving as the representative for Texas’ 14th congressional district, and has been running for president since 1988 despite never actually becoming an official candidate. For the 2012 elections, he gave the presidency another shot, only to lose to Romney, whom Paul is not endorsing because, to him, Obama and Romney are the same.
In an interview with Fox Business, Paul said that Obama and Romney are the same when it comes to foreign policy, the Federal Reserve, and philosophy. According to Paul, the only difference Romney exhibits from Obama is his management-style approach to governing.
When questioned whether his supporterss would vote for Romney or not, Paul said that they would “be angry at the Republicans for how they were treated at the convention” and that some would simply “not show up [to the polls]” to vote for Romney. But Paul also stated that his supports “may vote Libertarian,” whose candidate is Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico. Johnson actually differs from Paul on social issues with his endorsement of marriage equality and his pro-choice stance.
Paul was asked which candidate he would vote for, and he responded, “I haven’t decided yet.” Paul was also asked about the fact that he has not endorsed Romney, and he said, “I obviously haven’t announced in support for Romney; so, that means that’s very unlikely,” which reflects on Paul’s stance that Obama and Romney are the same, and neither will receive his vote or endorsement.
He went on to express his distaste for the current system in place for electing candidates, and that there are only two choices that are not very different from each other: “In this country, you have, probably, less democracy than even in some of these countries we’re trying to badger into being good, follow good democracy.”
Paul also provided some advice to Romney: “bring our troops home,” which reflects on Paul’s popular anti-war, anti-interventionist policies that differentiate him greatly from the Republican Party that he is affiliated with.