Paul: "I'm trying to save the Republican Party"
(CBS News) Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul offered harsh words for his political party and said he has not decided if he will get behind Mitt Romney should he be his party's nominee.
The Texas Rep. said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that he is "trying to save the Republican Party from themselves."
Paul listed numerous positions the Republican candidates and members of the party have taken in both foreign and domestic realms on which he takes issue. On the war in Afghanistan and America's broader defense position, Paul said, "I think the Republicans have dug a hole for themselves because they're trying to out-militarize [the Democrats]. If this is to be an issue, the other Republican candidates offer nothing more than a continuation of the status quo, or actually, increasing the militarism that we have around the world."
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has been critical of the president's timeline for troop withdrawal.
On the program, Paul vowed to stay in the race. highlighting his large following of college students and young people, and said he will continue his work to refocus the Republican Party.
"There's no way I'm going to give up on the effort to get the Republicans back to their roots," Paul said.
"The truth is, I'm trying to save the Republican Party from themselves because they want perpetual wars; they don't care about presidents who assassinate American citizens; they don't care about searching our houses without search warrants," Paul said.
When host Bob Schieffer asked Paul if he would support Romney should he clinch the nomination, Paul declined to commit to backing the former governor.
"I haven't made that decision yet; I'm still campaigning," Paul said, but admitted that he has "too many disagreements" on policy.
- Leigh Ann Caldwell
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