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Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Ron Ron Paul calls abortion an “act of violence” against the unborn but explains why fighting to ban the procedure is better done at the state level rather than with a federal constitutional amendment.

In our interview, Paul also talks about his view on American exceptionalism, his faith in Jesus Christ, and why he believes it’s not necessary to support financially the state of Israel (or any other nations for that matter).

Dr. Paul will be featured on this week’s Brody File TV show airing next week. He’ll also be the subject of an upcoming "The 700 Club" story. The interview with Ron Paul was done this past week at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Watch the four video clips below along with PARTIAL transcriptions.

Ron Paul on Abortion:

David Brody: There are some evangelical Christians who would probably think about voting for you even more so if you would be for some federal constitutional marriage amendment or a pro-life constitutional amendment. And they make the case that just like slavery, that the life issue and marriage trump the Tenth amendment states rights issue, and they say you’re siding on that side rather than the moral side of the equation.

Ron Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate: I just don’t like to see big government. Pretty soon what if they made that same argument, just think how much good you could do if you could have a law under the United Nations and I don’t want to go in that direction.

I see the attack on the unborn as an act of violence and it should be dealt with at the local level.

Ron Paul on American Exceptionalism:

Brody: Do you believe America is the greatest country on this Earth? Because you have been attacked by people that think you don’t believe in American exceptionalism.

Paul: I believe in my definition of American exceptionalism, but I don’t believe in those who believe America is so exceptional that they have this moral duty to use force and violence and wars to promote what we think is good.

I obviously am very, very grateful that I was born and raised in this country.”

Brody: Is it just hard to say we are the greatest country in the world, or is it more complicated than that is what your saying?

Paul: Oh, much more complicated than that. I think we had been the freest society and the most prosperous and now we are less prosperous and less free, and we should admit the truth. And if we want to remain the exceptional nation and being the most freest and prosperous, we’re not going to do it by continuing to do what we’re doing now.

Ron Paul on Funding for Israel:

Brody: To get more evangelical votes they’re not convinced that you’re a friend of Israel because of cutting funding. Take me through the process here. Explain why a Ron Paul administration would be a friend to Israel or at least not antagonistic.

Paul: If Israel accepts funding from us, becomes dependent on us, we make them a weaker nation economically because we encourage more of a welfare society. At the same time we undermine their sovereignty because sometimes Israel would like to do things like deal with their neighbors differently than we want.

They might even want to have a treaty with somebody. ‘Oh no, you can’t talk to them. You’ve got to do it our way.’ At the same time, they might feel like we have to deal with these bad guys on these borders and then we’ll say to them ‘don’t do that. That might stir up more trouble.’ So they give up too much.

And besides I’m against all foreign aid on principle, so it’s not against foreign aid for Israel. But if you take a look at the foreign aid, we give seven times as much foreign aid to their enemies so actually Israel benefits if we stop all foreign aid.

Ron Paul on his Faith in Jesus Christ:

Brody: Talk to me a little bit about your relationship with the Lord.

Paul: It wasn't like I can tell you there was one explicit second. I was raised in the Lutheran church where it was a little different approach, but I remember the most important event for me and my religious life was when we made a decision to go through catechism and be confirmed into the church.

It was a big event for the family and that was very clear. In the early years in high school, I went to several of the rallies with Billy Graham and that had an effect on me, too. In fact, I was listening to one of his sermons the other day and it brought back memories of having listened to him.

And he brought up the subject of being ‘born-again’ and I thought, well, I must have been listening to him back them because he acknowledged it’s different for different people. Sometimes its an instantaneous event and sometimes it’s different and he described his understanding.

But he was very open to an understanding of different people, and I thought you know maybe I listened to him as a teenager making it so we don’t have to all say exactly how we arrived at this point to accept Jesus as our savior.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

Ron Paul stands above the other candidates as a Christian by word and deed. He stands alone for real Christian values and promotes peace instead of endless wars like the others.
The right to life should not end with the unborn. It should extend to all of humanity. Like Jesus, Ron Paul stands for peace even if he has to stand alone. Isn't there a better way than killing? I urge Christians to search their hearts on this issue.
Left by Iva on Oct 22, 2011 12:08 PM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

Well,Iva.You took my words.lol.
Left by Michael on Oct 22, 2011 10:33 PM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

I used to blindly support all of our military intervention and Christian leaders who spread their Dispensationalist view of blindly supporting the current nation of Israel. Praise God that He has worked on my heart. America is financially in debt(a sin which the Bible says enslaves us to the lender) to our privately-owned group of central banks, the Federal Reserve, and needs to get its economy in order first rather than spending billions of dollars that we print out of thin air on other countries. Also, many Christians seems to forget that God's blessing comes through accepting the seed of Abraham which is Jesus Christ, not Israel. Stephen Sizer and Gary Burge are two people who give an alternative Biblical perspective on Israel(Christ-centered, NOT nationalistic). Though I am sure that many will disagree with me on these views, I feel peace now and have repeatedly asked forgiveness for accepting lies about any violence done on any group for nationalistic purposes. Ron Paul is right!
Left by TruthLover on Oct 23, 2011 8:46 AM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

I've been sharing Dr. Paul's viewpoint with friends, family and acquaintances that strongly support abortion.

Much to my surprise I've had a 100% success rate so far. They are all now pro-life.

I suggest that other members on this forum give it a try.

Left by david on Oct 23, 2011 7:26 PM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

Ron is the only honest politician and will always tell us what we need to hear and not what we want to hear. I agree with 99.9% of what he says and I never dreamed that would ever happen in my life time. He is a modern day Patrick Henry. He will start America on the road to recovery.

Left by Wardaug on Oct 28, 2011 3:07 AM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

Good interview Brody,Paul doesn't have a chance but good to see him get his 15 minutes on the Brody File!!
Left by josta45 on Oct 28, 2011 9:46 PM

# RE: Exclusive IntervIew: Ron Paul on Abortion, Jesus,Israel and American Exceptionalism

Grandpappy paul appears to have less faith than fear. I believe as true followers of Jesus Christ we are called to, "...live by faith not by sight"-2 Corinthians 5, and to "Be not afraid-Matthew 10:31" When it comes to issues that appear to have "so much division," as in defending unborn human life by a nation's government, it is severely foolish to underestimate the mighty power of God.
Left by quovadis on Nov 01, 2011 12:50 PM