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Posted October 21, 2011
Paul says he’s not considering a third-party presidential bid

Ron Paul takes the stage as supporters cheer during a Youth for Ron Paul event at the University of Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Iowa City. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)


CEDAR RAPIDS — Rep. Ron Paul warned that the nation’s current practice of spending, incurring debt and bailing out banks and other businesses is unsustainable, and there will few bumps in the road to economic recovery.

Asked how he would make changes to the economy without throwing the country into chaos, the Texas Republican conceded it won’t be easy.

“The country is in chaos and if we don’t do something, it will get much, much worse,” Paul warned Oct. 21 while taking questions on WHO Radio’s Mickelson in the Morning.

The 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, who will speak at 8 p.m. at the University of Iowa Memorial Union, also called for retaining the Electoral College to protect the interests of small-population states and said he’s not considering a third-party presidential run.

“I’m planning on winning the primaries so why would I have an alternative course?” he said. “Morally and intellectually” the caller had a point, Paul said, but realistically, a candidate outside the two major parties has relatively no chance of being elected. A third-party candidate has to spend so much time getting on the ballot in all 50 states there’s not enough time to run a campaign.

However, he is opposed to the popular election of presidents. The National Popular Vote Initiative has been running print and television ads encouraging Iowans to ask the Republican presidential hopefuls about replacing the Electoral College.

Paul would keep the Electoral College system that awards to the winner of the popular vote in a state its electoral votes, which are equal to the number of members that state has in Congress. Opponents don’t like it because the system makes it possible to win the popular vote nationally, but lose the election in the Electoral College.

“That was one of the ways they got the colonies to come together because … a small state, maybe 10 small states could be engulfed by New York,” Paul said. “It’s very important to keep the Electoral College.”

Although he believes the Libyan people should choose their leaders and the direction their country should go, Paul was critical of President Obama interjecting the United States into the internal conflict in Libya which resulted in the death of Moammar Gaddafi.

“Our president got us involved without any permission or consultation with the Congress,” he said.

Obama takes the credit for the outcome, Paul said, “but will he assume the responsibility for the chaos and civil war that most likely will ensue?”

“I don’t believe presidents should do anything without going through the proper procedure by going to Congress and getting authority to do what he thinks he should do,” Paul said.

Paul is one of six GOP contenders who will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fall banquet beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Knapp Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The others are Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

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