Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Politico Thursday that Ron Paul’s ideas on foreign policy, drugs and social issues are “wrong for the Republican Party.”
As for the candidate himself, King told Politico, “He’s not dangerous unless he’s president.”
He also took a swipe at some of Paul’s more strident supporters, saying they needed to get better informed.
“I don’t think that the Paul supporters have really stepped back and thought about what would happen if Ron Paul were operating out of the Oval Office and the commander in chief of our armed forces,” he said.
Paul’s plan to pull all American troops back home would “actually alter the course of the United States’ destiny irreparably and in perpetuity.”
But that’s no reason to dismiss the Texas congressman if he wins the caucuses on Tuesday. On the contrary, King said, it’ll be a lesson for other candidates about the power of organization and where the hearts and minds of many Republican voters actually are.
If Paul wins, King said, “It means that organization matters, and it means that Ron Paul has tapped into a political movement.”
Regardless of how one feels about Paul’s positions, no one can argue that the Texas Congressman has not put together a strong organization.
“I don’t know that he has generated or is necessarily the exclusive leader of it, but it would mean that he’s tapped into a political movement that is isolationist in its nature and more libertarian than my instincts take me,” King added.
He told Politico that he has not yet made up his mind on whom he will vote for, or endorse, but said that if Romney wins the nomination, he’s ready to “enthusiastically work” to get him elected president.
“He could very well win this caucus in Iowa and, yes, he could win in Iowa in the general election,” King said. “It has to come down to this: The race must be about the full, 100 percent repeal of ‘Obamacare.’ That’s the general election, and the public will know that — the Supreme Court decision will have come down by then. If the court doesn’t throw ‘Obamacare’ out, completely and 100 percent out, the public will know the only way to get rid of it is to elect a Republican,” King said.
On Friday, The Hill reported:
King, a conservative kingmaker in Iowa, said Paul’s foreign policy views are dangerous and have not received enough scrutiny. He said Paul once told him he wants to bring home all American troops.
“What Ron Paul supporters need to think about if they think they can elect him as president, a commander in chief can order all of the armed forces back to the United States,” he told The Hill. “That means no presence anywhere on the globe — our enemies can fill that vacuum with very little resources, and I am very troubled by that.
“I don’t think that’s a worthwhile price to pay to get the good things Ron Paul talks about, like deficit reduction. I don’t think that’s worth sacrificing our national security.”
According to The Hill, King may endorse another candidate in order to prevent a Paul win in the Iowa caucus.
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