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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  

Ron Paul: Obama presidency ‘dangerously close to an elective dictatorship’

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Will Rahn
Senior Editor

Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said President Obama’s use of executive orders “brings the modern presidency dangerously close to an elective dictatorship” in a Fox Business Network appearance on Wednesday.

“It is flaunting the Constitution and the whole principle of how we’re supposed to operate,” Paul told Fox’s David Asman. “Even though executive orders have been around for a long time — and I’ve complained about them for a long time. The idea they can just do this and take over the legislative function and brag about it, and Congress does nothing and the courts do nothing about it — it’s very, very bad.”

“He’s dictatorial, is what he is,” Paul added. “But this is what our government is all about. When Congress gets around to passing laws, they’re dictatorial too.”

Paul, an outspoken libertarian, has announced he will not run for re-election for Congress next year after serving 12 terms in office.

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