Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems dedicated to making presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s life as difficult as possible.
Speaking to conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on Thursday, the Texas House member said that Romney wouldn’t be a “panacea” for all the ills caused by President Obama and previous administrations, and affirmed that Romney “doesn’t have precise differences with him on so many issues.”
“To say that [Obama] is the cause of it all, and all we have to have is a Republican in – that doesn’t have precise differences with him on so many issues – I don’t think that’s a panacea,” he said, adding that Romney would be a better president than Obama, but only "marginally so."
Paul's candidacy has attracted strong support from young people, who he said are skeptical of the GOP establishment’s claim that Romney will be a 180-degree turn from Obama.
"I think [young voters] see through it, that we can’t boil it down to saying, ‘Well, it's Obama’s fault, and Romney will be 100 percent different and everything is going to be much better',” he said.
That's part of the reason young people continue to flock to him, he said, with a recent event in California drawing as many as 4,000 supporters, by his count.
But Paul’s disparagement of Romney may have more to do with his disdain for the GOP as a whole than the candidate specifically. Paul jabbed his party for failing to act, saying that while he doesn’t like Obama’s policies, it's “presumptuous to say the whole thing, the world, is coming to an end because of Obama.”
Paul said he hopes his libertarian ideology is slowly taking hold in the government. Though Obama just signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday committing U.S. military support to the country until the end of 2014, Paul said he and his supporters -- who advocate little to no military involvement in other nations -- have "more or less won that argument." Despite the agreement, Paul said he's optimistic that, on this issue, the mountain could come to Muhammad.
"Washington hasn't responded yet, but I think they will," he said.