Correction

Dec 15 2011 @ 11:45am

A reader writes:

Ron Paul "would never disown Reagan"? He resigned from the Republican Party over Reagan's policies.

Another points to a December 2007 exchange between Paul and Tim Russert over the matter:

MR. RUSSERT:  You're running as a Republican.  In your–on your Web site, in your brochures, you make this claim:  "Principled Leadership.  Ron was also one of only four Republican Congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president against Gerald Ford in" '76.  There's a photograph of you, Ronald Reagan on the right, heralding your support of Ronald Reagan.  And yet you divorced yourself from Ronald Reagan.  You said this:  "Although he was once an ardent supporter of President Reagan, Paul now speaks of him as a traitor leading the country into debt and conflicts around the world.  "I want to totally disassociate myself from the Reagan Administration." And you go on to The Dallas Morning News:  "Paul now calls Reagan a `dramatic failure.'"

REP. PAUL:  Well, I'll bet you any money I didn't use the word traitor.  I'll bet you that's somebody else, so I think that's misleading.  But a failure, yes, in, in many ways.  The government didn't shrink.  Ultimately, after he got in office, he said, "All I want to do is reduce the rate of increase in size of government." That's not my goal.  My goal is to reduce our government to a constitutional size.  Completely different.  I think that–matter of fact, he admitted in his memoirs that he had a total failure in Lebanon, and he said he relearned the Middle East because of that failure.  And so there–he–you know, he…

MR. RUSSERT:  But if he's a total failure, why are you using, using his picture in your brochure?

REP. PAUL:  Well, because he, he ran on a good program, and his, his idea was a limited government.  Get rid of the Department of Education, a strong national defense.

I stand corrected.