Ron Paul Rewind: 1988 Libertarian Presidential Nominee Ron Paul Interviewed at William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line

This weekend, delegates at the Libertarian Party national convention will be selecting a presidential nominee. For the 1988 election, the party’s nominee was Ron Paul, who had previously served several terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from Texas.

Paul did not come close to winning in 1988. Neither can it be expected will the Libertarian presidential nominee soon to be selected. But, as did Paul in his presidential run, the new nominee can be expected to use his campaign to reach people with his views on political issues. One way Paul did so during his campaign was in being interviewed on William F. Buckley, Jr.’s Firing Line program. In the interview, Paul advocated for the US government taking actions including eliminating the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the income tax. There was scant agreement between Paul and Buckley until the last few minutes of the episode when the conversation turned to welfare programs.

You can watch the one-hour episode here:

Interestingly, Paul’s appearance on Firing Line was in January of the presidential election year. For that election, the libertarian nominee was chosen by national convention delegates in September of 1987 — over a year before the November of 1988 presidential election date. Starting in 1996, the party’s presidential nominees have been chosen much closer to the November election date — at national conventions taking place in the period of May to July of presidential election years.

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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