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Ron Paul on Strauss-Kahn's arrest: 'These are the kinds of people who are running the IMF'

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York police custody 5-15-11

The newest announced Republican presidential candidate, Ron Paul, wasted no time inserting himself into the international scandal involving the arrest of the head of the International Monetary Fund on sexual assault charges.

The 12-term Texas Republican representative is no friend of large financial institutions, be it the IMF or the Federal Reserve. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" 48 hours after announcing his candidacy, Paul sought to paint the removal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn from a departing international flight and his arrest on suspicion of attempted rape of a Manhattan hotel maid as the kinds of high-handed things to be expected of such authorities.

"These are the kinds of people who are running the IMF," Paul told Chris Wallace, "and we want to turn the world's finances and the control of the money supply [over] to them?"

Paul added he hoped the incident "should awaken everybody to the fact they ought to look into the IMF and find out why we shouldn't be sacrificing more sovereignty to an organization like that and individuals like he was." Watch Paul's full interview on the Fox News video below.

"I would like to go to a sound American currency," Paul warned, "but others want to go to a world currency. They want to use the IMF."

Straus-Kahn, 62, appeared likely to win the French Socialist Party's nomination for president later this year, with a good chance of defeating the increasingly unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy in the spring of 2012. But all that was put in question over the weekend after the  32-year-old maid said he had confronted her while naked and assaulted her sexually.Ron Paul greets a crowd of supporters in New Hampshire 5-13-11

Soon after, Straus-Kahn was removed from a departing Air France flight Saturday at Kennedy International Airport and faces arraignment today. As our colleagues Geraldine Baum and Kim Willsher note here:

"With his political connections and past experience as French finance minister, Strauss-Kahn also has played an important role in plans by the IMF and European Union to rescue the Greek, Irish and Portuguese economies."

The 76-year-old Paul said his job qualifications are different from others. "I don't want to run peoples' lives and run the world and run the economy," he said.

"To brag that I could run things, I don't do that," he said, "because that's not what a president's supposed to do. A president is supposed to guarantee and work for the protection of liberty and allow people to take care of their problems."

Paul's third bid for the White House (2008 as a Republican and 1988 as a Libertarian) has attracted more attention this time because of his proven money-raising abilities and the fact that many of his standard issues -- such as over-spending, the size of the federal government and opposition to foreign wars -- have emerged as major concerns in the minds of millions, including many backers of the "tea party."

As we noted here Friday, Paul seems unlikely to win the GOP's nomination, but the issues he champions are driving the party's debate right now and seem likely to continue.

Paul said his energetic supporters "want to stand up and say No to spending, No to our foreign policy and Yes to liberty and Yes to our Constitution. When we have that, we'll have reform and we will have the true revolution that we need."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters (the IMF chief in New York police custody Sunday); Brian Snyder / Reuters (Paul greets New Hampshire supporters, May 13).

 
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wait....
Does Mr Ron Paul knows the truth about this case???
Remember guys this IMF chief did not even have his date in court yet...

So like in the best of american judicial system tradition he is innocent until
proven guilty right???

remember Kobe Bryant...who was also accused of rape once???

HOw can Ron Paul run for President when he does not seem too have proper judgement or facts....
I already know I won't be voting for him next year!

Inserted himself? He was asked about this incident in an interview and he answered. Why does the LA Times continue to bash the only honest politician on the scene? RON PAUL 2012!!!!

Ron Paul stated he wouldn't have voted for the Civil Rights Act and he has equated Social Security and Medicare to slavery. His reading of the Constitution is, ah, 'creative' at best.

I'm a Democrat and I think Ron Paul would be an excellent nominee for the Republican party.

What is even more scary to me is that this guy is a socialist - not just a follower of the philosophy, but an aspiring politician. Who is running the IMF? Are they all a bunch of socialists?? And they want to create a world currency?

How about we try constitutional money... gold and silver...

America SOOOOOOOOO needs this man to be president!

the IMF has plenty to answer for to the people of the US

Winning... by thinking with the "little head". And we're supposed to cede our financial future to these clowns?

Dr. Paul is changing the whole dynamics of the debate. He has shifted politicians to thinking smaller government and less intervention and foreign interference. He is quashing Neocons like the author of this article. Steve Forbes has now called for the gold standard and to end the Federal Reserve, echoing what Ron Paul has said for 30 years. Obama squashes the poor by giving trillions to banksters, foreign dictators, left-wing teachers and the military guns ammo and war machine manufacturers. Ron Paul wants to eliminate that so there is money for the poor. Obama is a pro abortionist who loves Socialist policies and to take away freedom in favor of collectivism. Ron Paul wants to restore freedom as the Founders intended. Ron Paul in 2012!

I have to assume that he's aware of Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Larry Craig, and the other congressmen (mostly GOP) who have committed adultery by the standards of the C Street Fellowship (to which they all belong), and have yet to be condemned by their fellows.

LOL, Typical for Malcolm to state what is likely or unlikely about Paul's success this election cycle. Most of his anti -Paul/ Paulites rhetoric and diatribes can be found in the archives from several years ago. No different now.

Why do certain newspapers keep saying Paul is "unlikely to win the GOP nomination"? Which other candidate are they saying this about?

Are they picking the winner for us? If yes, then they need to say "So and so, who is LIKELY to win the GOP nomination...." in all their articles about that person.

Ron Paul, wasted no time inserting himself into the international scandal involving the arrest of the head of the International Monetary Fund on sexual assault charges.

I believe Dr Paul was asked a direct question about his thoughts on this matter. Dr Paul did not insert himself into anything. When RP inserts himself into something or raises hell about something you'll know it.

I will however insert myself into it. I'd say that DSK's KMA card, issued by the likes of the CFR & his REAL peers must have expired. And if that's not the case then his REAL peers have decided to throw him under bus for, who will ever know what reason(s).

Decent write up, Malcolm.

Beware of SDRs.

Well he didn't really "insert himself" into the situation. He was asked specifically about the situation in the interview. And Dr. Paul is not one to avoid answering a question with his honest opinion.

Ron Paul is in fine form, and making the right points right down the line. He does not waver or flip- flop, ever. The press is taking him much more seriously, even though they do not want to see him elected. Watch what happens in the next year as many more young and old voters discover this great man and his principles. RON PAUL 2012!

What is this, a joke?

"The newest announced Republican presidential candidate, Ron Paul, wasted no time inserting himself into the international scandal involving the arrest of the head of the International Monetary Fund on sexual assault charges."

Wasted no time? Are you implying that he's like the LA Times, so eager to insert himself into anything newsworthy that they'll compromise any shred of dignity they may have once had?

This is completely out of context, you utter fools. He was asked a question and responded to it, that's hardly "wasting no time inserting himself" ... go to hell. Your paper is doomed.

the IMF have a lot to answer for to the people of the US

The IMF is an arm of the UN and it's bureaucrats are the equivalent of civil servants.That one person could enjoy at our expense the $3000. a night
imperial suite at the NY Sofitel is mind boggling.The cherry on the cake is that the individual involved here is a prominent wheel in the French socialist
party....the caviar left that is supposed to represent the weak and poor.
Joseph Stalin would be proud of the socialist head of the IMF.

Paul is right. This Strauss-Kahn seems to be a lousy type of guy. Why should he be put in charge of the world's money???

the IMF has been doing some really corrupt things allover Europe in recent years since the market crisis of 2008-2011. the IMF is at the center of problems going on in Greece as well as other countries which face huge revolts that quickly get stomped down by government thugs. Ron Paul simply says that the IMF are thugs themselves and that their manipulation of the market and economies around the world is damaging and a permanent threat to the american way of life and liberty.

Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself. The World is watching. Ron Paul for President in 2012.

Thank You

I think "Garrett" is right...someone has to have it out for this guy...I'm glad Congressman Paul didn't "go there", but with a bit of investigation, that may prove to be the case. Also, not a bad article, Mr Malcolm, except for that "inserting" statement. Paul did no such thing, he was simply answering a question honestly, as he always does. Regardless, much better piece than Friday's slam on Congressman Paul.

This article is extremely slanted. The author has no basis to promote the false idea that Paul seems "unlikely to win the GOP's nomination." Even one of the most blind partisan journalists writing today, Juan Williams, said that Ron Paul has become the GOP candidate to beat. That was yesterday, so the author should have been aware of Juan's article. Indeed, Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate who is truly drawing the line between the two rival philosophies in play: antiquated 19th-century socialism, and modern constitutional conservatism. What a shame the LA Times is so backward in its thinking.

"Remember guys this IMF chief did not even have his date in court yet..."

Right, this guy has not had his day in court. However, they apparently have DNA evidence.

Ron Paul is a simplistic man, for simple people. And DSK is innocent until proven guilty, let's not forget that.

1, You and many republicans say most people are smart enough to lead their own lives well enough that government need not intervene so much. For example, take social security: The smart ones with good habits and values will save for their retirement, but there are so many without the necessary intelligence, values and habits. Therefore many people think that we need social safety nets because without them, too many WON"T take care of themselves, then we'd have massive social unrest and riots in the street without government taking care of them.

2. In the 1800s children worked in factories like slaves, until government stepped in and we got child labor laws. People say pure unfettered capitalism allowed this. Comment?

3. I think that socialism is a "knee jerk" easy reaction to the societal ills people see around them. For one thing, we're so used now to government intervening in all aspects of our lives that it's most people's "mindset". Therefore, I think we are doomed to keep sliding into socialism. The majority today do not have the critical thinking skills and the inclination to study various arguments in order to arrive at libertarianism. (Actually, a kinder opinion of them is that they don't have the time to study these things because they are so busy working and trying to put food on the table.)

And of course, Dr. Ron Paul has been called an "Anti-Semite" for his criticism of the Federal Reserve System and the International "Banksters"!

Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself. The World is watching. Ron Paul for President in 2012.
Thank You


Typical elite socialist, a perv, spending OPM and always blaming someone else.
The IMF and the ECB have not rescued any country they only prop up the banks while impoverishing the citizens. Use your beady leftist eyes and watch!
The only way out is to let the banks fail, dump the Euro, do a sovereign default and get to work growing the real economy. Everything else is nothing but criminal theft same thing this dispicable Obama administration has done.

What's funny is nobody is stating what, to me, is the obvious. Even if there's no alleged sexual crime all I have to hear is:

"Today, (insert central banker name here)..."

and the first thing that comes to mind is an elitest who thinks they are above us mere peasants as they sodomize the rest of us through control of the money supply and interest rate manipulation...

I would rather state that the man is innocent until proven otherwise.

This event is an eye opening to me. Who knows, how many women shows they are interested in the poor horny man and then once they are engaged she is a fake who turns against the man and accuses him of rape. Thanks God i have been smart enough to get out and get away from scum women who do that.

What's Paul trying to prove here? That our government set him up with some lame chambermaid 9th grade girl story that it's in constant flux now. Yikes - when people around the world see this photograph, I hope they invade and save us. It looks like the entire group of NYPD should be on Riker's.

I respect Dr. Paul, but to be fair, he should not have come out and chastised the dude before a verdict.

He didn't insert himself into the scandal, he was just answering a question, but until and unless a court finds DSK's guilty, it's not his place to pronounce him so. That was an error in judgement on his part.

He's right about the IMF.

"These are the kinds of people who are running the IMF," Paul told Chris Wallace, "and we want to turn the world's finances and the control of the money supply [over] to them?"

I love Ron Paul, but this is so un-Ron Paul like, to cast judgment on the accused, accused only a couple days ago! And then to liken the rest of the IMF to him. This si wrong on so many levels, I'm shocked Ron Paul said this.

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.
Juste comme ça...

What's raping a single individual when you rape global economies and don't get any criminal charges? Also I would be most thankful if anyone can tell me what kind of true socialist stays in $3,000. a night suites?

If I may please;
Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who would cut enough spending to avert a debt crisis. Only he will restore constitutionally sound money. And, only he will strengthen our national defense by bringing our troops home and putting an end to the nation-building that is draining our country.
Other candidates speak flowery words and tell nothing of how anything will get done. Mr. Paul is very different.
Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.
The World is watching.
Ron Paul for President in 2012.
Thank You
The facts speak for themselves
ttp://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul.htm

I second the comment: "I believe Dr Paul was asked a direct question about his thoughts on this matter. Dr Paul did not insert himself into anything. "

Mr. Malcolm - your bias is showing.

Ron Paul is right. Why do we want to hand United States sovereignty over to the globalist banksters that run the IMF and the World Bank? Forget the fact that these elitist like to rape women and children and make them sex slaves. That is bad enough, but the fact that we want a global organization to run monetary policy and rob the American people by creating fiat/digital money out of nothing and loaning that money to the people with interest just seems ridiculous.


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