Ron Paul: Both parties are dinosaurs

November 28, 2012

A day after his son said the GOP was in danger of becoming dinosaurs, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) declared both parties philosophically extinct.

"The whole government, and the Democrat party, the Republican party -- they're all dinosaurs," Paul said in an interview with The Fold. "The principles are dinosaurs. The parties are going to linger because they're locked in by law. You're not allowed to compete; the laws are biased against us from competing. If you go third party you cant' get in debates, you can't get on ballots." 

Paul explained that he never seriously considered a third-party presidential bid for that reason. It's "absolutely not practical," he said. "Because this would have been a good year to have an alternative and you cant get much of a showing either on the libertarian side or the green side." 

On Tuesday, Paul's son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a CNN interviewer that his party is "in danger of becoming a dinosaur.”

 

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