During a brief radio interview on Monday, conservative political commentator and frequent Fox News guest Dick Morris said he strongly opposed Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul due to the congressman’s stance against the drug war and war on terrorism.
“I think he’s horrific,” Morris told Peter Schiff, who was an economic adviser to Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign. “He wants us to end the war on drugs. He wants us to end the war on terror.”
Rep Paul, who describes himself as a libertarian, drew thunderous applause for bashing the Patriot Act, US aid to foreign nations, and US military bases overseas during his speech at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
Unlike the vast majority of his Republican colleagues, Rep. Paul has been a vocal opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well a supporter of drug legalization.
“We should drug test every high school student,” Morris continued. “We should drug test everybody that gets a student loan. Anybody that’s using drugs should not get a government student loan.”
After Schiff questioned drug testing students and began talking about eliminating student loans, Morris told him to “talk to yourself for the next 15 minutes” and hung up.
“What kind of police state does Dick Morris want to turn this country into?” Schiff pondered after Morris hung up on him. “It’s really not a war on drugs, it’s war on civil liberties.”
The comments by Morris were not the first time conservatives have lashed out at Rep. Paul for his anti-war views.
The group Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) announced in February that Rep. Paul would be expelled from the group’s National Advisory Board because of his “delusional and disturbing alliance with the fringe Anti-War movement.”
“It is a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative-libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America’s needs for national security than the current feeble and appeasing administration,” YAF’s Senior National Director Jordan Marks said.