Ron Paul on Leno: jokes of 2016, no endorsement (video)

Ron Paul officially put to bed speculation he would be returning to the presidential stage this year as a candidate — or that he’d endorse any of the remaining candidates — on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“The system is very biased,” Paul responded when asked by Leno whether he’d give it a shot as a third party or independent candidate.

“We talk a lot about democracy, and send our troops overseas, and want to spread democracy. But democracy isn’t all that healthy in this country. Because if you’re in a third party… you don’t get into the debates. The truth is I had tried to do for the last five years, what I have done, in a third party, I probably wouldn’t have gotten… made it to your show.”

Leno acknowledged Ron Paul’s refusal to be given a speaking role at the RNC last week, asking “If you had endorsed Romney, would you have gotten a speaking role?”

“I imagine I would have,” Paul replied, careful not to mention Romney by name.

Leno pressed for information on how negotiations went down with RNC event managers, Paul explained “the tent was too small and we had too many people.” Asked again if a Mitt Romney endorsement was a prerequisite, he confirmed it was, but “it’s not in writing.”

Leno cracked wise back, “kinda like NBC. Yeah okay, I get it.”

Stephen VanDyke

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  1. Ron Paul gets it entirely wrong. It’s not “democracy,” that we want to spread overseas. Democracy is two wolves and a sheep decided on what to have for lunch. It’s Americanism. It’s American values. American culture. Sexy broads, booze, Hollywood movies, pot culture, free market capitalism, entrepreneurialism, hot dogs, applie pie, baseball, James Dean, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, tanned California girls in tiny bikinis, the Beach Boys. Let’s stand up for America. We’re Americans. We should be proud of our culture. The Muslims certainly are trying to push their fascist culture on us Americans. They’ve already succeeded in practically taking over all of Western Europe. How about a little Western Civilization cultural expansion on our part, in return.

    1. You make yourself sound like a complete beavis. Ron Paul is not a proponent of the idea of “spreading democracy” he’s merely pointing out a hypocracy in government.

    2. If you’re upset about Muslims trying to push their fascist culture on us Americans, why do you believe it’s right for us to push anything on them? You can be proud of our culture without being arrogant enough to want to force it upon others through drone attacks, occupation, economic destruction, and the pillaging of others’ natural resources.