Ron Paul: Fears 'overblown,' but 'for us to tell Israel what to do, I don't agree with that'

"For us to tell Israel what to do, I don't agree with that," Paul said.

Nevertheless, the GOP hopeful believes that current discussions over Israel and Iran — and the potential for armed conflict over the Iranian weapons program — are driven by politics rather than necessity.

"I think it's electioneering, it's all politics … the military officers high up says this is the most foolish thing in the world we could do," Paul said.

"I think [discussions] should be more directed to peace than how you have perpetual war," he added.

Paul pivoted to a discussion of Super Tuesday voting, noting that he was focusing his campaign efforts on the three caucus states: Alaska, North Dakota and Idaho. But the congressman admitted that his efforts in Idaho were being somewhat stymied by a strong Mormon turnout for his opponent — and Republican front-runner — Mitt Romney.

"The Mormon factor is a big deal, yet my positions are very much in tune with what Mormons believe in, in terms of self-reliance and conservatism," Paul said.

Paul went on to say that it was tough to win over voters who felt a personal connection to a candidate, in the way Catholic voters supported former President Kennedy or African-American voters supported President Obama.

"If Mitt wasn't in this race, I'd have about 70 percent of the vote," Paul said of his Idaho performance.

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