Ron Paul: I'd consider putting Dennis Kucinich in my cabinet

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., gives a speech after announcing his plans to seek the Republican nomination for president at the town hall, Friday, May 13, 2011 in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) AP Photo/Jim Cole

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx.
AP Photo/Jim Cole

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, R-Tex., says he'd consider putting liberal lawmaker Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, in his cabinet if elected president, according to the Hill.

Paul, speaking at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday, said his libertarian politics allowed him to see eye-to-eye with liberal counterparts on issues like war - and quipped that he'd have to consider creating a "Department of Peace" if he brought Kucinich, a frequent critic of American military action abroad, on board.

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

"Being pragmatic is about forming coalitions," he added. "I probably work with coalitions better than the other candidates. I don't think I've said anything negative here about the president."

Nevertheless, Paul said he thought Americans were turning to the GOP in times of economic hardship.

"I think the whole country's come that way [toward the Republican party] - like I've mentioned before, educationally and out of need. I think it's very, very clear and I think that's why we're doing so much better in the polls; I think that's why our organization is much stronger," he said. "So I definitely think the issues have come our way."

Paul's presidential bid has so far failed to gain traction among a widespread base, and some - including Daily Show host Jon Stewart - have argued that the longtime Texas lawmaker was being unfairly ignored by the press.

Paul said on Wednesday that Stewart "really made our case for how things are handled" in the media.

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