Voters who want a libertarian for president should steer away from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, says one of the major voices of America’s libertarian movement.
“You take a guy like Cruz, people are liking the Cruz — they think he’s for the free market, and he’s owned by Goldman Sachs,” former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, told Fox Business host Stuart Varney. “I mean, he and Hillary have more in common than we would have with either Cruz or Trump or any of them. So I just don’t think there is much picking,”
Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., dropped out of the Republican presidential contest in the wake of the Iowa caucuses. Cruz has been courting Paul’s young and libertarian supporters.
Paul said libertarians are hard to find in American politics.
“So I always say: You can search for a long time, but you’re not gonna find anybody in the Republican or Democratic primary that even comes slightly close to ever being able to claim themselves a libertarian,” Paul said.
“(Libertarians) are going to have to go elsewhere, and unfortunately we don’t have much democracy in this country, because the Republicans and the Democrats dominate,” Paul said. “You have to be an interventionist, you have to be an economic planner, you have to endorse the Federal Reserve, you have to do all these things in order to get to the top spot, because that’s what the establishment wants. Otherwise, you can’t finance the military industrial complex, you can’t finance all this debt that the Democrats and Republicans run up.”
Paul’s jab at Cruz echoes that of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who last month criticized Cruz for the $1 million loan he took out from Goldman Sachs for his U.S. Senate campaign and for an error in reporting other loans.
“Goldman Sachs owns him, he will do anything they demand. Not much of a reformer!” Trump tweeted.
“Ted Cruz purposely, and illegally, did not list on his personal disclosure form personally guaranteed loans from banks. They own him!,” Trump tweeted.
Cruz’s wife, Heidi, has been employed by Goldman Sachs as an investment banker, but is on a leave of absence during the 2016 campaign.