Ron Paul: Sanders ‘just a variant of Trump’

Ron Paul on Tuesday vowed he would not support Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Both sides gear up for debate UK's Corbyn calls for unity after reelection as Labour Party head Green group endorses in key Senate races MORE’s White House run because of the Democratic presidential candidate’s similarities with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence offers Cruz 'heartfelt thanks' for Trump endorsement Trump: We are proud of African-American history museum Kim Kardashian confirms: 'I stand with Hillary' MORE.

“No, because he’s an authoritarian,” he said when asked if he’d back the independent Vermont senator on “CNN Newsroom."

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“He’s just a variant of Trump,” the former Texas representative added. "Even the things I worked with on Bernie, some of the foreign policy, he’s a part of the military industrial complex.

“He was a big voter for militarism. He’s an authoritarian of a different color, but Trump’s a super authoritarian. Trump wants to be the boss.”

Paul also argued that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: We are proud of African-American history museum Kim Kardashian confirms: 'I stand with Hillary' No, Doctor: Hillary's eyes are just Hillary's eyes MORE does not present voters with a better option than Trump, her Republican counterpart.

“My biggest beef is that from a libertarian viewpoint there’s no meaningful difference between Hillary and Trump,” said Paul, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012.

“I mean, they both support the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve, deficits, entitlements, invasions of privacy,” he added.

“It is super-nationalistic populism versus socialism. That is so remote from what we need to be doing. We need to be moving ourselves away from tyranny towards liberty.”

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulSaudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Five tips from Trump's fallen rivals on how to debate him MORE (R-Ky.), Ron Paul’s son, suspended his presidential campaign on Feb. 3 after a poor showing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Clinton and Trump are now leading their party’s respective primaries before multiple voting contests nationwide on Super Tuesday.

Trump leads the Republican field by nearly 16 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Clinton, meanwhile, possesses a roughly 10-point edge over Sanders, her sole competition for the Democratic mantle.