Texas Rep. Ron Paul again dismissed speculation that he may run for president as a third-party candidate, saying Sunday he simply doesn’t want to.
“I don’t want to do it. That’s a pretty good reason,” the GOP candidate said on Fox News Sunday.
Host Chris Wallace had pressed Paul on whether he might consider an independent bid after Paul said he would be unlikely to support anyone else for the Republican nomination unless they agreed with him on certain issues.
“If they believe in expanding the wars, if they don’t believe in looking at the Federal Reserve, if they don’t believe in real cuts, if they don’t believe in deregulation and a better tax system, it would defy everything I believe in,” Paul said. “I would be reluctant to jump on board and tell all of the supporters that have given me trust and money then all of a sudden say, ‘All we have done is for naught and let’s support anybody at all because even if they disagree with everything we do.’”
“Does that mean you might consider an independent run?” Wallace asked.
“No, it doesn’t mean that at all,” Paul said. “I have no intention of doing that. It doesn’t make any sense to me to even think about that, let alone plan to do that.”
“Because?” Wallace pressed.
“Because I don’t want to do it,” Paul said laughing. “That’s a pretty good reason.”
Among the current crop of GOP candidates, Paul placed fifth with 9 percent in the newest ABC-Washington Post national poll released this week. In Iowa he placed third in the latest Des Moines Register poll last week with 12 percent.
Watch a clip of the interview below, via Mediaite.