Ron Paul on Tuesday vowed he would not support Bernie SandersBernie SandersProtect women's right to choose how and when they work Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE’s White House run because of the Democratic presidential candidate’s similarities with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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 Diane Rodham ClintonJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Club for Growth goes after Cheney in ad, compares her to Clinton Sanders to campaign for Turner in Ohio 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 PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWriter: Fauci, Paul clash shouldn't distract from probe into COVID-19 origins S.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Trust in Fauci, federal health agencies strong: poll 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.