Update 8/10/16: The previous title of this article took Dr. Ron Paul’s quote out of context, and caused confusion among some who viewed it thinking that Dr. Paul was speaking out against third parties, when nothing could be further from the truth. I regret this lapse in judgement, and I apologize to everyone who saw the sensationalist headline and formed the wrong idea about Dr. Paul and his views. I would also like to apologize to Dr. Paul as well. -Krzysztof Lesiak
Ron Paul, the 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, 2008 and 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former twelve-term Texas congressman, spoke to 400 student activists at the Young Americans for Liberty conference in Washington, D.C. in late July. Interestingly, as DailyCaller.com and LewRockwell.com report, Ron Paul refused to endorse Gary Johnson for president, much less even mention the Libertarian Party throughout his 45-minute speech to a passionate audience. DailyCaller.com quotes Paul as saying:
“We don’t need a third party, we need at least a second party that will challenge [the] system.”
According to both websites, Ron Paul said that the two major parties were two sides of the same coin.
LewRockwell.com goes on to recommend an article titled “Libertarians for Gary Johnson? 5 reasons libertarians can’t support Johnson,” written by Andrew Moran and published on July 22nd, 2016.
Wikipedia continues, as of today, to erroneously list Ron Paul on its list of endorsements for Gary Johnson. (Update: Dr. Paul’s name has since been removed from the list).