Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters love their former presidential candidate…until he endorses party nominee Hillary Clinton. Despite running a campaign to counter Clinton and the establishment interests that she represents, Sanders threw his support behind the Democratic presidential nominee in an effort to stop Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump from winning the election this November.
Sanders supporters did not take kindly to his decision, even booing the senator after he suggested they unite behind Clinton.
There’s been no shortage of comparison between Sanders and former Congressman Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 campaign. While both men’s policies are radically different, their ability to rally large crowds despite stark contrast from their respective establishments is notable.
But Paul didn’t back his party’s nominee.
Also running a campaign fueled by liberty-friendly ideas, Paul stood against John McCain, Mitt Romney, and the Republican establishment. When the time came, Paul stood faithfully with the principles he had held for decades, over the party.
Rare Politics Deputy Editor Matt Purple sat down with Paul during YALCON, the annual gathering of student leaders from the pro-liberty campus organization Young Americans for Liberty, to give insight on the similarities and differences of between himself and Sanders.
When asked about the revolutionary ideas that both men pushed to the national stage and if Sanders was correct in endorsing Clinton, Paul said:
He’s correct if he’s doing what he thinks best for what he believes in, but it’s very confusing because his people booed it. They were unhappy.
Paul said that he understood why Sanders would endorse Clinton for political reasons. He also mentioned historical instances of anti-establishment candidates also supporting their nominees.
Looking back on the past, Paul said that he was offered a speaking spot at the Republican National Convention if he would endorse the nominee. He promptly said no.
Paul joked, saying that people ask for a third party to run while he only asks for a second. Paul maintained that there was very little difference between Republicans and Democrats. He called the current parties a “deliberate distraction.”
Paul said that he was happy that YAL was around to take the country in a different direction.
You can watch the full interview here on Rare Liberty.