CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to state that Ron Paul attended the GOP convention but was not given a speaking role.
Rep. Ron Paul said on Friday he was “very, very skeptical” of the substance of Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television's In The Loop, the Republican from Texas called the speech “upbeat” but said it did not address what he sees as the two drivers of government spending, the Federal Reserve and “militarism,” which he said Romney’s speech actually endorsed.
Paul, who has not endorsed Romney, said the speech offered “no change in economic policy, no change in spending.”
“Hopefully he is right and he’s going to create all these jobs,” he said. “But quite frankly, only the market creates jobs. Governments can’t and presidents don’t do it.”
Paul attended the convention but was not given a speaking role; instead, he was the subject of a video tribute. Hs son Rand Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, was a speaker. The Republican Party stripped many Paul supporters of their delegate status ahead of the convention, and the secretary of the GOP convention refused to read out Paul’s delegate vote totals during the nominating process.