Paul says US 'slipping into a fascist system'

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at his caucus night rally, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Ankemy, Iowa. Paul's wife, Carol, is at left.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

February 18, 2012 7:05:48 PM PST
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the U.S. is "slipping into a fascist system" dominated by big government and big businesses.

The Texas congressman held a fiery rally Saturday night across the street from a World War I Memorial, upstaging simultaneous Republican Party banquets being held on both sides of the nearby Missouri and Kansas line.

Paul said the U.S. got off track during the era of President Woodrow Wilson, who led the nation through World War I and unsuccessfully advocated for the nation's involvement in a forerunner of the United Nations.

Although campaign aides were aware, Paul told reporters after his speech that he did not know his rally was coinciding with long-established Republican Party events.