Speaking to over 4,600 people at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, Ron Paul drew roars of ovation for his commitment to bring home the troops—a message which has growing sentiment nationwide. He then discussed a recent change in tone from his GOP rivals. National Journal reports,
Asked by CBS News/National Journal about recent comments by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum that the United States should review its commitment in Afghanistan and possibly back off, Paul replied, “It’s about time.”
“But they’re what we call chicken hawks. And they talk a lot, they push the wars, they themselves haven’t gone, and they don’t serve, and yet they … promote the wars,” he said of his rivals, who talk often of taking military action against Iran to keep it from getting a nuclear weapon.
“Sure, the politics are changing, and that’s great. We’re changing people’s minds. The American people are sick and tired of it,” Paul said. “And like I mentioned in my speech, I spent five years trying to prevent the war in Iraq. So if they want to come on board now, fine and dandy. That means we’re winning the fight.”
Paul got chuckles from the gaggle of journalists and close supporters backstage when one reporter asked how he plans to bring home the troops. “By ship,” he said.
In an interview with RT.com, Paul activist Mary Wilson discussed the recent shifts by GOP rivals, and asked, “Isn’t it reprehensible that the other candidates will say whatever it is that they feel you want to hear in order to get elected . . . and Ron Paul has been saying all along that this is not the type of policy that is American?”
RT’s host stated, “Some people might view that this sudden change of heart is hypocritical.” Wilson replied, “I believe they’ll change it back. I believe in one room they’ll talk to one crowd and say one thing, and in the other room they’ll say something else.” Ron Paul, however, she notes is “consistent . . . from day one he’s been saying these things.”