October 3rd, 2007
04:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Paul's fundraising shock

Ron Paul raked in an impressive fundraising total.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's locked in low single digits in most polls, but Texas Rep. Ron Paul raised more than $5 million for his presidential bid in the third quarter, roughly equal to or just short of several of his higher -profile rivals.

"Dr. Paul's message is freedom, peace and prosperity," Paul campaign chairman Kent Snyder said in a statement announcing the total. "As these fundraising numbers show, more Americans each day are embracing Dr. Paul's message."

Paul's fundraising total is a 114-percent increase over what he raised last quarter and is also only $2 million shy of what Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards raised during the same period. It is also roughly equal to the fundraising totals of Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Sphiny, Birmingham, AL

    To everyone who think that Ron Paul would be an overly radical or unreasonable president in terms of social programs and spending:

    If you have watched him in the debates, post-debate shows, or interviews, he approaches his goals of shutting down government spending in a very practical manner. He has repeatedly said that you cannot shut down programs like Social Security overnight, but it would be a good idea to give young people the choice of opting out while still supporting those who have paid in.

    He approaches all problems of overspending this way. He is not naive enough to believe that you can flip a switch and accomplish these goals. However, ignoring them completely and refusing to come up with a viable solution is the alternative that every other candidate proposes.

    This country is SUPPOSED to have a very small, restricted federal government. The states are supposed to have more freedom to enact laws, programs, etc. to take care of the needs of their citizens. While federal funding pays for a lot of this, it is definitely reasonable to assume that if the IRS never took the money out of our pockets in the first place, then we could keep the money in our states to pay for the needed programs that address the specific needs of each region/state.

    While his ideas sound radical, they are really quite practical, Constitutional, and American at their very core. LIsten to what he says instead of letting your knee-jerk reactions take over and the rhetoric of money and power-hungry demagogues influence you.

    October 3, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Gary , Detroit, Mich


    Why don't you come to Michigan and see what "free trade" has done here. There is no such thing as free trade. What we have in the USA is "rigged trade" and currency manipulation.(AKA China) I am all for taking care of our own for awhile and Dr. Paul may be the man.

    October 3, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Mike, NY

    I totally called $5 million the other day.

    Way to go, Dr. Paul. You can do this.

    October 3, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. dennis, norman, ok.

    We need 8 years of Ron Paul to reverse 80yrs of illegal taxes, welfare, and unconstitutional foreign handouts.
    RON PAUL 2008!

    October 3, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. EB Rideout

    The GOP had better wake up – Ron Paul is their only chance in '08.

    But they'll forge ahead with Julie Annie and get whupped...............

    October 3, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. Rich

    And he did all this with the least amount of MSM time. The least amount of debate time, and completely being ignored and only attacked. Ron Paul is the peoples voice for freedom

    October 3, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. laurinda,ny

    Hey, I saw alot of those Ron Paul signs around. But, then again I live near Woodstock and alot of those old people have orange hair and smeared on lip stick.

    October 3, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. James, Phoenix AZ

    "Does he think the US lives as an Island unto itself? "

    Sadly, Tricia, he does. In fact it seems rather apparent he believes the next wave of attacks on America will come by wooden ships and pirates with swords (Paul advocates every US soldier in the world should leave any foreign assignment and protect our shores).

    Ron Paul is the the Republicans what Ralph Nader was to Democrats... a camelian attempting to highjack a national party because they couldn't get any votes being themselves (Ralph Nader = Green, Ron Paul = Libertarian).

    October 3, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. James, Phoenix AZ

    Tracy, Bothell – WA

    You advised me to read up on Goldwater – the guy who ran a failed campaign. I guess it would be fitting to compare it to Ron Paul, eh?

    Where you and Ron Paul error dramatically is the assumption our Constitution defines the LIMITS of Government. Rather, the Constitution defines the RIGHTS of the people. The American people have the RIGHT to forge a Government "of the people, by the people, for the people"... and yes to PROTECT the people (FBI, CIA, etc).

    Your clarion call to stand up for the Constitution (and elect Ron Paul) is akin to telling everyone to abandon their fancy cars/trucks and stand up for the Ford Model T.

    October 3, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Grover Fairfield, Ohio

    Ron probably will not win the nomination, but he can deep things stirred up.

    October 3, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Brad Watson, N. Richland Hills, Texas

    I LOVE Ron Paul!!! He's like Thomas Jefferson without the stockings and tri-corn hat.

    Listen, folks. If you hate the income tax and would like it gone, to be replaced with nothing, government must be shrunk. It's that simple. Ron Paul is the only chance you have of possibly bringing that about. You can spend your hard earned money better than Washington politicians. Vote for Ron Paul.

    October 3, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Matt Dubin, Seattle WA

    It appears that this candidate does have some support. I agree with most of what he stands for, but have been reluctant to get involved due to not hearing very much about him. I guess I assumed he didn't have a chance. I think now I'll have to check him out more closely. If he really will reduce the size of government, restore civil liberties and get us out of Iraq, I just might contribute some money to his fourth quarter total.

    October 3, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. T, PA

    hopefully Ron Paul will win. Hes definetly the best canidate.

    October 3, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. David, Fayetteville, AR

    It's time to get over your shock CNN. Ron Paul is not just amusing story material to put out on a slow news day. You can deny it all you want, but the people of this country, the people that read your news, the people who vote in national elections, and the people who care about our future know that Ron Paul is truly hope for America! Sure, his liberating and constitutionally sound policies are "shocking" these days, but Ron Paul deserves coverage because he is revolutionary in his ideas and honest passion for serving our country. Go Ron Go!

    October 3, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    It is awesome to read from so many RP supporters here on CNN. I'm 46 years old, and never have I been so excited about a candidate for President. I sure hope that the Hillary, Obama, Giuliani supporters take some time and do a little research into the man, Ron Paul.
    I'm a staunch Dem, but have changed my party affiliation to vote for Dr. Paul. Far as I'm concerned, the 2 major parties no longer hold any merit with me, at all.

    October 3, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. Patrick West Chester, PA

    The Ron Paul R3VOLUTION is truly underway! This guy is the real deal! Send our troops home and end the IRS!

    October 3, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. collin towers, lakeland florida

    Ron Paul’s record is clear, and has been for over 20 years. It is factual and it is abundant across the country, but most of the media (especially FOX), the other candidates, and the ruling powers despise and fear him because he stands for truth and he reminds them every time they hear him speak, and look in the mirror at home, of what they have become... lackeys for the military industrial complex, traitors, and domestic terrorists.
    Ron Paul threatens everything they stand for, and is the only political voice that is defending American freedom, sovereignty, our way of life, and the Constitution. The media and elite with such attitudes against him, and America, are traitors, and the lowest of humanity.
    Is America so asleep at the wheel that they still believe in the Republican v Democrat mythology? Do they really accept what the mainstream media says? Are they so addicted to the mindless pablum government and media put out that they cannot think for themselves, or research the real issues? Have Americans discarded the American dream, selling out their children for couch time, and receiving limited freedoms? Bring out troops home now.
    Are there any leaders who take personal responsibility for where we find ourselves as a nation? Dr. Ron Paul is one who loves country, freedom and sovereignty enough to stand up and speak the truth. He has always spoken the truth and we are behind him, growing in numbers... those who realize that freedom is NOT free, but requires vigilance, responsibility and fearlessness. Will the media continue to ignore the most popular candidate in the country? Wake up America. Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate that can beat Hillary.

    October 3, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. George Whitfield

    Ron Paul is the real deal. His dedication to the US Constitution is unique and his message of freedom and peace is resonating with the American people. People are raising funds to have a plane fly over NASCAR races with Ron Paul banners. Check it out at http://grannywarrior.chipin.com/nascar-fly-over

    October 3, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    To: James, Phoenix AZ

    You seem very foolish to actually believe that the constiution does not limit the federal govt. It is called anything not expressely stated in the Constitution should be allocated to the states. DId you know that?

    Do you know that the military act gives Bush the power to declare any AMERICAN CITIZEN an any enemy combatent?

    Why don't you do some research? Where is it in the Constitution that gives the federal govt the tax the incomes of the American people?

    October 3, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Bill Leonard Farmer city IL

    I have been Republican and Demacrat it's hard to find a politician that stands for what I believe in but I think Ron Paul is the guy for me ! way to go Ron Paul

    October 3, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Joe D

    When people say that they don't want to vote for someone who they don't [think] can win, it just boggles my mind. That is exactly why we're in this mess today! How will anything ever change if you never vote for what you believe in? This is not a game, it's our country!

    October 3, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Tim, Orlando, FL

    Sad to see there's still a lot of misinformation going on.


    * Ron Paul is not against stem cell research. In fact he wants researchers free to explore that area, and has said so. He voted against federal subsidies as the federal government doesn't have a legal mandate to fund medical research. Want to change that, amend the Constitution to say the Feds need to do medicine.

    * Dr. Paul is an OB/GYN. He's delivered lots of babies and is personally against abortion. However he wants to leave that entirely up to the states. California says "abortion is legal", he won't say boo.

    * Regarding health care, his experience as a doctor is that patient care is worse in managed care (HMOs), particularly government-run ones. I've seen research to that effect but I will grant it's debateable.


    * Ron Paul is the most explicit supporter of free trade between nations. However he's against carefully engineered tariffs and protectionism that give an edge to this company or that.

    * I believe I have heard he wants to get rid of the CIA, but he has said in debates and interviews that he wants an intelligence service. I think he's just tired of the CIA overthrowing foreign elected governments (Nicaragua, Iran, etc).


    * I guess you forgot that Rep. Paul proposed legislation to fund hunting down Osama bin Laden and was rebuffed. Meanwhile Bush and the rest, once they had used bin Laden as a foil to get Iraq started, say publicly they don't care about the man that attacked us.

    I'd love to see more debate on Ron Paul's policy positions. Sadly it seems that due to the media's poor reporting (and in some cases lying) we will have to wait a while for that day.

    October 3, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Manuel, woodbridge, VA

    We are sending a clear message to everyone. WE WILL NOT SUPPORT ENDLESS WAR!

    I donated to Ron Paul's campaign because I want my country back!

    October 3, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. laurinda,ny

    PATRICIA FROM CLEVELAND,OHIO..You donated three times to Ron Paul? I certainly wouldn't brag about being a fool. You should be saving your money. The way this country is going under the Republican mis-leadership, you're going to be needing it for yourself. Keep it in your pocket.

    October 3, 2007 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. xtina - chicago, IL

    Thank you Texas Brad, I am now energized again to really advocate the no-income tax idea.

    It's hard to phathom, but if we tax only purchases- at a higher rate of course- then people will be paying taxes on what they buy, not what they make. Why don't more people see the sense and smartness of this? I love this idea, because it's truly a fair way for people such as drug dealers and those making an 'underground' kind of income to have to pay into our government. And no more IRS is a thought that should make people happy.

    October 3, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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