EXCERPT FROM UPCOMING NEWSWEEK INTERVIEW WITH RON PAUL: set to release June 9thSubmitted by aVoiceof Reason. on Sat, 05/31/2008 - 17:41
John McCain may be the presumptive nominee, but the Republican race isn't over—at least not to Ron Paul. The Texas congressman remains an official GOP candidate and has about $5 million in the bank, and a mighty band of fanatical followers. Will the fiercely antiwar conservative become a distraction for McCain at the Republican convention? Paul spoke with NEWSWEEK's Daniel Stone. Excerpts:
What kind of presence will you have at the convention?
We'll have a big rally there one of the days. Since they won't give us a spot, we'll make our own spot. We won't disrupt things—that doesn't achieve anything. But we'll have a presence and present views and try to … get in on the committees to vote on platforms. That's not disruptive.
What are your feelings toward [Libertarian nominee] Bob Barr?
We're pretty friendly. We're allies, he's a good friend. He has called me a couple times recently, so it's very cordial.
Even though he has been targeting your supporters?
I can't blame him. I'm sure that's his goal. [Laughs]
What's your relationship like with McCain?
It pretty much doesn't exist. He has his beliefs and I have mine, and they just don't come together very well.
The nomination is out of reach. How does this end for you?
It's always been about changing the party and changing the country. So I don't see things in conventional political terms. I'll continue to do what I started out to do: to change the direction of the party as well as the country.