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Ron Paul: Congressional Black Caucus Opposed War Because They Wanted To Spend Money On Food Stamps Instead

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28:  U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) walks the arena floor during the second day of the Republican National Conv
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) walks the arena floor during the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said earlier this month that members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposed war because they wanted to spend money on food stamps instead.

During a radio interview with Lew Rockwell that was first highlighted by BuzzFeed, Paul said that he was always annoyed with those who opposed war but supported sanctions.

"I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the black caucus and others, they're really against war because they want all that money to go to food stamps for people here," Paul said. "But when it came to sanctions, they just could never vote against sanctions because that would prevent war and they wanted to look tough and they'd go on with the sanctions but never get the results that they thought they were gonna get."

The comments come as Paul's son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), seems to be gearing up for a presidential run. The Kentucky senator -- who has worked to reach out to black voters -- has distanced himself from his father's isolationist views.

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