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Ron Paul On Third Parties: 'I Say It's Time For A Second Party'

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Published on Oct 22, 2013

"I understand the frustration because there's a lot of that, and I get the question a whole lot," Paul said with a laugh. "I say it's time for a second party. Because we just have one party there, they're the same on all the big issues."

Paul said the Republicans and Democrats "argue over power," but not really the direction of the country. But rather than start a third party, which would be extraordinarily difficult, even down to getting into the debates, Paul argued that it would be better to tackle "the intellectual climate that will change the ideas of both parties."

"Ideas have to infiltrate the whole culture," he said, "and...you have to get Republicans and Democrats and Independents to agree."

While larger reforms may come some day, Paul asserted: "I think the crisis is going to come much sooner...The race is, can we convert enough people to believing and understanding free market economics and why liberty is the issue, and why balanced budgets are important? That is the race. Because the collapse is coming, and then the question is what are we going to rebuild it with?"

"Are we going to allow the authoritarians who destroyed our system to rebuild it and put it into another one, and then have another dictatorship of sorts? Or are we going to reform, refine, and do an even better job than the Founders did and work in the direction of personal liberty?" he asked. "And that of course is the side that I'm on, and I tend to be optimistic that a lot of people are joining us in this effort."

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