Ron Paul in 2007 GOP debate at St. Anselm College, sponsored by CNN & WMUR


On Principles & Values: The champion of the Constitution

Iím Ron Paul. Iím a congressman from Texas, serving in my 10th term. I am the champion of the Constitution.
Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 5, 2007

On War & Peace: Weíre more threatened now by staying in Iraq

Q: If General Petraeusí strategy is not working so far in September, what do you do then?

A: The sooner we come home, the better. If they declare thereís no progress in September, we should come home. It was a mistake to go, so itís a mistake to stay. If we made the wrong diagnosis, we should change the treatment. The weapons werenít there, and we went in under U.N. resolutions. And our national security was not threatened. Weíre more threatened now by staying.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 5, 2007

On Civil Rights: Donít ask, donít tell is a decent policy for gays in army

Q: Most of our closest allies, including Great Britain and Israel, allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. Is it time to end ďDonít ask, donít tellĒ policy and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the US military?

A: I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We donít get our rights because weíre gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if thereís heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isnít the issue of homosexuality, itís the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Energy & Oil: Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not

Q: Bushís energy bill provided billions of dollars in tax breaks & subsidies to the oil companies with the goal of boosting domestic production at a time of record profits. Do you support that?

A: I donít think the profits is the issue. The profits are okay if theyíre legitimately earned in a free market. What I object to are subsidies to big corporations when we subsidize them and give them R&D money. I donít think that should be that way. They should take it out of the funds that they earn.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Foreign Policy: Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests

You canít discuss energy without discussing our foreign policy. Why do we go to the Middle East? You know that oil is very important about the Middle East and why weíre there. Why did our government help overthrow Mossadeq in 1953? It had to do with oil. So our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests. The profits--thatís not the problem. Itís the problem that we succumb to the temptation to protect oil interests by literally going out and fighting wars over oil.
Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Foreign Policy: Bush mistake: ran on humble foreign policy; now runs empire

Q: What has been President Bushís biggest mistake since taking office?

A: The president ran on a program of a humble foreign policy, no nation-building, and no policing of the world. And he changed his tune, and now we are fighting a war, and our foreign operations around the world to maintain our empire is now approaching $1 trillion a year. Thatís where the moneyís going, and thatís where it has to be cut so we can take care of education and medical cares that are needed here in this country.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Homeland Security: Pre-emptive war is not part of the American tradition

Q: Whatís the most pressing moral issue in the US today?

A: I think it is the acceptance just recently that we now promote pre-emptive war. I do not believe thatís part of the American tradition. We in the past have always declared war in the defense of our liberties or go to aid somebody, but now we have accepted the principle of preemptive war. We have rejected the just- war theory of Christianity. And now, tonight, we hear that weíre not even willing to remove from the table a pre-emptive nuclear strike against a country that has done no harm to us directly and is no threat to our national security!

We have to come to our senses about this issue of war and pre-emption and go back to traditions and our Constitution and defend our liberties and defend our rights, but not to think that we can change the world by force of arms and to start wars.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Immigration: No amnesty, but border fence isnít so important

Q: You voted to support that 700-mile fence along the border with Mexico. Is there a need for a similar fence along the border with Canada?

PAUL: No. The fence was my weakest reason for voting for that, but enforcing the law was important, and border security is important. And weíve talked about amnesty, which Iím positively opposed to. If you subsidize something, you get more of it. We subsidize illegal immigration, we reward it by easy citizenship, either birthright or amnesty.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Immigration: We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more

If you subsidize something, you get more of it. We subsidize illegal immigration, we reward it by easy citizenship, either birthright or amnesty. But we force our states and our local communities to pay for the health care and pay for the education. Why wouldnít they bring their families? And because of our economic conditions, we do need workers. But if we had a truly free market economy, the illegal immigrants would not be the scapegoat. We would probably need them and they would be acceptable.
Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On Principles & Values: Congress should write fewer laws regarding church & state

Q: You ran for president once before as a Libertarian. What do you say about this whole issue of church and state and these issues that are coming forward right now?

A: I think we should read the First Amendment, where it says, ďCongress shall write no law.Ē And we should write a lot less laws regarding this matter. It shouldnít be a matter of the president or the Congress. It should be local people, local officials--we just donít need more laws determining religious things or prayer in school. We should allow people at the local level. Thatís what the Constitution tells us. We donít need somebody in Washington telling us what we can do, because we donít have perfect knowledge. And thatís the magnificence of our Constitution and our republic. We sort out the difficult problems at local levels and we donít have one case fit all. Thatís why we shouldnít have it at a central level.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

On War & Peace: Stop policing Iraqís streets; have Iraqis take over

Q: Considering the Iraqi people have lived under a dictatorship for the last 30 years or so, what are we going to do to make sure they have a government in place before we pull our troops out and theyíre able to help themselves? Otherwise weíre just putting them in a position to accept another terrorist leader.

A: Well, weíve had four years to do this and it hasnít worked. The biggest incentive for them to take upon themselves the responsibility is just for us to leave. We donít need to lose 100 men and women every month, more than 1,000 per year. And so you want it done. You want them to take over. Youíve got to give them an incentive. So I think we should immediately stop patrolling the streets. Thatís a policemanís job. Itís not the work of the Army. Weíre not fighting a military battle. Weíre in a different type of warfare right now. So the sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can make sure that no more Americans will die.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College Jun 3, 2007

The above quotations are from 2007 GOP debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 5, 2007, moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
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