ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Friday that he would not condemn Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for dropping his American flag lapel pin in the wake of the Iraq war.
"A lot of people might condemn him," said Paul, "I'm neither going to condemn him nor praise him because I don't know his inner motivation."
"He may be very, very sincere in what he is saying," he added.
Paul, who, like Obama, opposed the Iraq war before it began, made his comments to ABC News two days after the Illinois Democrat told ABC's affiliate in Cedar rapids that he stopped wearing an American flag lapel pin in the run-up to the Iraq war because he believed the pin had become a "substitute" for "true patriotism."
"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin,â€? Obama said Wednesday. â€œShortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest.â€?
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