Archived: Ron Paul: Black Congress Members Want All War Money for 'Food Stamps'

Three-time Presidential candidate Ron Paul told libertarian pundit Lew Rockwell that the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war “because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.”


Paul, the father of possible 2016 Presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), was interviewed on Rockwell’s podcast. In a discussion on the use of sanctions rather than military action, Paul said, “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did notthey are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.”

Listen to his comments below, starting at about the 1:38 mark:

Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was the only member of Congressthe House or the Senatein 2001 to vote against going to war in Afghanistan, and Lee and most of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted against the war in Iraq one year later. Their reasons, of course, had nothing to do with food stamps.

Paul has never shied away from racially insensitive comments. He came under fire during his 2012 Presidential campaign for newsletters bearing his name that were sent out in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and were full of racist statements.

Among the comments:

“I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in [Washington, D.C.] are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

“We are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of Black men. It is hardly irrational.”

“If you have ever been robbed by a Black teenaged male, you know how unbelievably fleet of foot they can be.”

And there are plenty more where those came from.

Whether Paul actually wrote the content has been questioned, but in the past he has at the very least defended the claims.

Rand Paul is the one Republican who has acknowledged the need for his party to engage Black voters, and he has increasingly distanced himself from his father’s views.

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