Ron Paul Says “No Way” He’s Endorsing Mitt Romney

In the wake of his son’s endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, many have wondered whether or not the elder Paul will fall in line and compromise his principles to back Romney. Well Ron Paul has put those concerns to rest. On CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Paul stated that despite Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney, he would not be following suit for the former governor of Massachusetts.

“Well, it looks like he has the delegates, yes,” Paul told Blitzer. “But he doesn’t have the control of the hearts and the minds of the people. And right now a lot of people — a lot of delegates who are pledged to vote for Romney are actually very strong supporters of ours and will be strongly supporting us when we want to put things into the platform that say, hey, we don’t need another war. Yes, we do need to audit the Federal Reserve. Yes, we ought to really cut spending.”

Paul continued to to put forth that though he does not expect the nomination, that he will continue on till the convention in August, as he promised his supporters he would. This means trying to bring debate on the platform of the party at the convention.

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“I think it’s legitimate for us to continue to debate,” Paul said. “I know they don’t want the debate at the convention. Everything has to be smooth and proper.”

“But, you know, I helped pay for the convention because the taxpayers pay Republicans $18 million-plus, ” Paul continued. And Obama gets $18 million plus to have these grand parties. I think we should be serious and discuss differences.”

Paul also is not in opposition to those who have brought a lawsuit against the RNC concerning the “binding of delegates.” When asked about it, Paul stated, “If they have a legitimate argument that they can make and that’s what they want to do, I’m not going to say ‘Don’t do it’.”

When interviewed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he repeated the same thing. His comments were not an attack on Romney but one of disagreement. “I would say he has core convictions, but I just disagree with them,” the Congressman said.

“All I want to do, if I don’t get a speech on the floor in the convention, all I want to do is have a meeting and say, ‘Look, we have numbers, we have people, we have enthusiasm, we believe in something. Why don’t you pay a little attention?’ And actually I think they are. They don’t know quite how to handle it.” Paul said.

“I think [the GOP] has lost its way. I think a long time ago. I can’t see the difference. They’re both very militaristic, interventionist, pro-war… do Republicans really stop welfare expansion? No. Do they really cut back and balance the budget? No, they usually introduce bigger budgets.”

Paul concluded, “When it comes to the philosophy of government, there’s not enough difference for me. I would like to change those convictions of the Republican Party because there were times when they had much better positions. And there’s no reason why we can’t restore those and improve upon them.”

Here’s the MSNBC interview:

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