Ron Paul encourages Tea Partiers to challenge the GOP status quo

Mike Riggs

…“I’d like to see a consensus that challenges the establishment,” Paul told The Daily Caller. “I want them to challenge foreign policy. I want them to challenge the war on drugs. I want them to challenge non-discretionary spending.”

As of right now, Paul said, there’s no such consensus among the loose federation of Tea Party groups. Paul also warned that while “more of it has to do with what [Tea Parties] stand for than who’s running the show, some people have slipped into the Tea Party who are awfully close to being part of the establishment.”

Paul isn’t the only potential 2012 presidential candidate encouraging the Tea Party to embrace more libertarian principles. Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who is widely expected to declare a presidential run, spoke at the 9/12 rally in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

“Half of what we spend on law enforcement, the courts and the prisons is drug related. We’re arresting 1.8 million people a year in this country on drug-related crime,” Johnson told the crowd. “I suggest that legalizing marijuana will make this country a better place.”…

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