Rep. Barney Frank: Ron Paul 'Is An Intellectually Honest Libertarian’

By Pete Winn | February 16, 2012 | 3:35 PM EST

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

( - Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) said Tuesday that Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) is "an intellecutally honest libertarian" who among other things has co-sponsored with Frank federal legislation to legalize marijuana.

Frank made the observation while appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal after he was asked about Republicans with whom he was friendly.

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“Ron Paul and I have worked closely together,” Frank said. “Ron wants to cut the military, as I do, although more--he’s a little bit isolationist about it. But he’s been very courageous about it. Ron and I are co-sponsors--Ron is an intellectually honest libertarian. Some of my conservative friends are for letting you exploit child labor, but then they want to tell you what to read. Ron is a genuinely intellectually honest libertarian.

“He and I are the main co-sponsors of legislation to remove restrictions on Internet gambling. If you are an adult and you want to play poker on the Internet, I have no idea why people think the government should stop you. And he and I have a bill in to legalize people smoking marijuana.”

Frank is retiring from Congress at the end of this session after serving 16 terms.