Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

WASHINGTON – In an exclusive interview with WND, maverick GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said he did not recall taking a position in favor of eliminating the Border Patrol in his 1988 bid for the presidency as a Libertarian Party candidate.

“No,” he said. “I do not call for that, and I do not recall calling for that. I’d have to have somebody show me exactly where that was said. I have no recollection of that, and it’s certainly not my position, because I emphasize beefing up the Border Patrol.”

In fact, weeks before the debate, Paul’s communications director, Jesse Benton, was asked in writing by WND about the candidate’s position as reported in a 1988 CNN presidential questionnaire.

Paul reportedly stated in that questionnaire: “The U.S. Border Patrol should be eliminated. Any necessary guarding of our borders should be done by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.”

As a Libertarian, such a position would not have been unusual, since many believe in open borders and most favor the elimination of government agencies they consider to be unconstitutional and unnecessary.

While Benton promised to investigate Paul’s position on the Border Patrol in 1988 and ask him specifically about the CNN questionnaire, the political aide never got back to WND.

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