Ron Paul: Trump vs. Clinton is 'super nationalistic populism vs. socialism'

Ron Paul: Trump, Clinton are the same
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  • Former Republican presidential candidate and libertarian champion Ron Paul lamented the state of the 2016 presidential race
  • "My biggest beef is that from a libertarian view point, there is no meaningful difference between Hillary and Trump," Paul said

(CNN)Former Republican presidential candidate and libertarian champion Ron Paul lamented the state of the 2016 race on Tuesday.

"My biggest beef is that from a libertarian view point, there is no meaningful difference between (Hillary Clinton) and (Donald Trump). I mean they both support the military industrial complex, the federal reserve, deficits and entitlements, and and an invasion of our privacy," Paul told CNN's Carol Costello on "Newsroom." "It's super nationalistic populism versus socialism."
    The former Texas congressman's comments come as voters flock to the polls in Super Tuesday states. According to a recent CNN/ORC national poll, Trump leads to the Republican race with 49% support, while Clinton tops Democratic rival Bernie Sanders 55% to 38%.
    Paul also likened Trump to Sanders, saying they are both "authoritarian."
    "He's a big voter for militarism, but had one vote he could brag about," Paul said describing Sanders and his vote against the Iraq War. "He's an authoritarian of a different color, but Trump is a super authoritarian."
    Paul also blasted Trump for refusing to disavow an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
    "That's unbelievable to me," Paul said. "They're evil, they're monsters ... yet this is going to be the issue of the day."
    Trump is under fire from Republicans and Democrats for not formally disavowing the Ku Klux Klan during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday's "State of the Union." He has since done so several times.
    Paul told Costello he has no plans to endorse anyone in the race. His son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, suspended his campaign in February.