Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has had some success in presidential politics, especially during his 2008 attempt and in the early stages of the 2012 election cycle. He raised $20 million last time around and won the 2010 CPAC straw poll looking forward to the next presidential campaign. But none of that matters according to real-estate mogul Donald Trump.
On Thursday at the CPAC conference in Washington, Trump addressed the audience about his own potential 2012 run and how there was a lack of good candidates, including Ron Paul.
“So I have a reputation for telling it like it is,” Trump said. “I’m known for my candor. I’ve had a lot of great victories and I may be willing to put that to work. I wish that – frankly, I wish that there was a candidate that I saw that would be fantastic because I love what I’m doing. In fact I have a great club that’s 15 minutes away. By the way, Ron Paul cannot get elected, sorry to say.”
He said he liked Paul, but didn’t see him as a viable candidate. Trump added that if he were elected, the country would be “respected” again.
“And you know what else? I like Ron Paul. I think he’s a good guy. But honestly, he has just zero chance of getting elected,” Trump said. “You have to win an election. And I can tell you this – if I run, and if I win, this country will be respected again – this country will be respected again. I can tell you that.”