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September 22, 2011

Ron Paul Says He'd Consider Putting Dennis Kucinich in His Cabinet

Ron Paul says he'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in his Cabinet

The Hill

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) says he would consider putting the liberal congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in his Cabinet if he wins the presidency in 2012.

Paul said his libertarian political philosophy helps him connect with some on the far left — including Kucinich, who shares Paul’s general anti-war stance.

Paul joked that if he brought the Ohio congressman aboard in his administration, he might have to create a "Department of Peace."

"You've got to give credit to people who think," he said.

"Being pragmatic is about forming coalitions," Paul said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. "I probably work with coalitions better than the other candidates. I don't think I've said anything negative here about the president."

Paul’s bid for the GOP nomination has yet to catch fire, though he enjoys perhaps the most passionate following in all of politics. He has had difficulty elevating himself to the top tier of candidates and complained that the media is not taking his campaign seriously.

But the congressman said he’s playing the long game, and values bringing political change over winning the presidency.

"Politics doesn't drive me as much as economic policy," Paul said. "We're in a big mess, personal liberty is under attack."

Paul said his presidential campaign is more about an "educational effort" of libertarian philosophies than a reflection of his personal ambition.

"There are a lot of people who just don't want to hear this," Paul said. "Very few people understand this, they don't have an understanding of how free markets work."

The congressman said the fact that other Republican candidates are talking about the Federal Reserve or rolling back entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are victories for his campaign. Paul also says his campaign — coupled with a financial crisis that has brought into question the stability of the American economic system — is changing the prevailing attitudes of voters.

"It requires a lot more education and a lot more inroads," Paul said. "But absolutely, I think the whole country has come this way."

And yet Paul continues to struggle in the polls, hovering around 9 to 10 percent of Republican primary voters. While his showing is consistently better than some candidates who have garnered more attention, he is unsure of how he will propel himself to the top of the field.

"The supporters believe it's possible, I don't know," Paul said. "There's no reason to rule out the fact this can explode. Something has to give here."

Paul attributed some of the problem to the media, arguing that significant campaign milestones and rallies were underreported. And he acknowledged that as a candidate, he is responsible for delivering his message in a way that voters can appreciate.

"It partially is my fault, and I think that's what I work on most, refining my message," Paul said.

But Paul rejected the idea that he should adopt a more pragmatic or conciliatory strategy that would enable him to either grow his base among those skeptical of some of his views — particularly in terms of non-interventionist foreign policy — or achieve smaller pieces of his domestic policy goals legislatively.

"If you give up your principles, you're not being very pragmatic," Paul said.


Wild Thing's comment.........

LOL well he does say the weirdest things.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 22, 2011 04:45 AM


Drunks for Ron Paul.

Posted by: BobF at September 22, 2011 07:30 AM

It is obvious, by this time, that Ron Paul will say and do anything to get his name and picture in the news.

Actually Dennis Kuchinich would fit right in with Ron Paul.

They both enjoy being a "little out of the mainstream", and making comments that leave the listener sayin, Huh?

Posted by: Sean at September 22, 2011 10:19 AM

Doesn't anyone remember the Boy mayor of Cleveland? in a Year and a half he put the city into Receivership, Municipal Bonds dropped, because he would sell CEI to Ohio Edison, but that was just the beginning. DPW was on strike, Garbage was accumulating all over the city, He cut down Police patrols in the worst neighborhoods and only allowed one man per car making it impossible for the police to even do their job. They are the ones who invented the Blue Flu.

But all of this is hidden or written out of the books to portect the idiot from Parma Heights. The only reason he keeps getting re elected is to keep him out of Ohio.

Posted by: Mark at September 22, 2011 02:11 PM

..BobF-is this guy any more rational when NOT drinking? The constitution gives us the right to drive with 4x the legal BAC in our system? HUH? RON PAUL 2012! HIC!

Posted by: Willy at September 22, 2011 05:19 PM