Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who ran for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012, will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton if they become the presidential nominees of their respective parties.
"What I’d like to have on all of the ballots is 'none of the above,'" Paul said during a March 31 interview with CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield. "I’m not going to vote for those two for sure, they’re too close together."
Banfield did not hear all of Paul’s response so she asked again whether he would vote for Trump if he is selected as the Republican Party’s nominee.
"I was very explicit about that. I wouldn't vote for Donald Trump," Paul said.
Given his response, Banfield asked Paul whether he would not vote in the election or give his vote to the Democratic nominee.
Paul offered this response with advice for voters: "If you can't stand any of them and you happen to be a dedicated progressive, you ought to make your vote count and vote for the Green Party and if you happen to be a libertarian then vote for the Libertarian Party." Paul also reiterated that he would like to see a "none of the above" option on the ballot.
He added that one should not choose the lesser of two evils when placing their vote.
Earlier this month, Paul said that the Republican Party would try to stop Trump from securing the nomination.
"The Republican Party is obviously threatened by Trump being his own boss," Paul said, according to The Hill. "Trump's not going to go away easily. ...That's not going to happen. He likes trouble and he doesn't mind threatening people."