Supporters rally for Rep. Ron Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday.
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Despite the chilly weather, about 1,500 supporters for Ron Paul for President gathered Saturday afternoon for a rally in Philadelphia.
In his speech at Independence Mall, the GOP congressman from Texas spoke off-the-cuff about the growing momentum of his campaign and touched upon familiar topics such as abolishing the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Service and ending the war in Iraq.
The rally was held to honor some 250 veterans present, ahead of the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, as well as to spread Dr. Paul's gospel to the Philadelphia area.
The event kicked off to the music of country music star and veteran himself, Rockie Lynn, and closed with the chants and cheers from the crowd of all ages after Paul gave his colorful speech.
The Ron Paul Revolution raised a few eyebrows in Washington earlier in the week when it announced Monday that it raised $4.3 million in just 24 hours.
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CNN: What the heck? How about a picture from the rally? You guys had cameras there. Geez.
THIS GUY IS MAKING ME CHANGE MY DEMOCRATIC VOTE! FINALLY SOMETHING POSITIVE AND DIRECT OTHER THAN MORE OF THE SAME BY BOTH PARTIES! I WILL SUPPORT RON PAUL!
It is time for us reassess our endless commitments, made within the framework of an interventionist foreign policy. The grandiose and unrealistic plans for policing the world will eventually collide with limits imposed by reality. Our commitments seem endless. It’s estimated we have over 700 bases around world, in 130 different countries. Intervention creates endless commitments and ongoing unintended consequences that obligate our military and even future generations to fight wars without the slightest involvement by Congress.
If anyone had been there, they would know that every single person there (and yes there were probably twice 1500) was there for Ron Paul (including the veterans!). There were buttons and bumper stickers on every shirt. There were people from across every spectrum, and they were all there to support Ron Paul and his platform of liberty.
He is the only one worth listening to in the Republican debates. He puts some life into the sameness of all the other robotic answers. You can tell what all the rest will say before they even open their mouths – but Paul is refreshing and honest and has the guts to speak his mind.
The Most Genuine Candidate I've Seen In Ages.. This man stands for Americans not corporate America as do the sorry excuses for elected representatives that are calling themselves Republican and Democratic presidential candidates now.
Please be advised that the Vets at the Ron Paul rally were "Vets For Ron Paul" thus you can definitely assume that each and everyone was very pro-Ron Paul. Ron Paul also gets more contributions from military personnel than any other candidate. Thus support for RP runs deep among this segment of the population as well as virtually all others.
This is an all inclusive Revolution with room for all.
well, James, when you consider the ancient technique of calculating the voter polls is by landline phones do you really expect them to be accurate and unbiased? Wake up people, the table is tilted and the game is rigged.
The support is out there, we're tired of politicians being corporate sell-outs who put $$in their pockets before the worrying about what's best for the people.
It's time to relearn what the constitution sets before us as well as to expose the corruption that lies in Washingon.
The fact is that all media is part of the cash-cow and are biased, so don't beleive everything you read in black and what, especially Fox News!! The same people that support the so-called frontrunners are the same people that own the media and tell you all what to do, what to like and who to support!!
Since when do voters agree with 100% of a candidate's platform? Ron Paul's strength is his commitment to small government and more liberty. This message deserves everyone's support.
he Bill of Rights
The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;
Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Chris when you spout garbage like that, it just shows that you are not that smart and just parrot whatever you heard on Fox News. So maybe you should research the man himself, instead of letting someone else do your research for you.
Who knows you might be surprised to find that all the bad things you hear about Ron Paul have no merit.
I was there and the "unofficial" number that the parks service gave us "of the record" was over 3000 supporters, and on a gray and frigid day. We estimated somewhat more than that but I'll accept 3000. It was certainly FAR MORE than 1500 as that section of the mall was packed.
Let's see...if 1500 is the "entire Ron paul base", then they each gave about $2900 to his campaign just last week.
Maybe Hillary can plant a Ron Paul question next debate? As for crazy ideas, what could have been crazier than invading Iraq or re-electing Bush in 2004?
I am hoping Ron Paul's fraility and body weight does not attest to his strength of Character and Capabilities!
re;chris from middletown's remarks obviously your views are jaded but it's not really your fault...too many people have been listening to cnn's rhetoric for too long. perhap's it's the medias fault. decide who is the better person for the job at hand useing your own consciousness and intuition. we'd be quite surprised if more people heeded this advise. you show 'em ron paul....this veteran (with a son serving) supports you!
Chris in Middletown:
Please educate yourself; learn how to user proper grammar and spell correctly. I also suggest doing a bit more research on the issues. We may just take you seriously thereafter. Until then, hop on your short bus and scurry along (teehee I can make ad hominem attacks, too!).
I love this guy. He speaks to the real issues at hand: the war and fiscal responsibility. We know where he stands, and that is not only a rare treat in politics, it's admirable in itself. I love watching brow beat Bernanke's policies of printing money, reducing overnight rates, and continuing to import from China to mask real inflationary pressures. We need sound fiscal policy and a strong dollar, and Ron has the right solution. It's not a lobbyists' dream solution of business as usual, like the other candidates on both sides.
Want the business as usual policies that got us into a Vietnam style war and turning our dollar into the peso? Then vote with the lobbyists. Me, for one, and tired of giving my votes to lobbyists and suffering for it in the long term. I believe we are in dire times when our debt is 9 trillion dollars, when Americans are losing wealth...being robbed of it...and losing our homes. Much of this thanks to the current Fed's monetary trickery.
It's been said, and I pray it's true...I actually believe it is true, that good men rise to the times when our nation is in crisis. Ron Paul is such a man. Want failed foreign and domestic policies? Then let the lobbyists control the election. Want to get back to constitutional government, then get out there and vote for Dr. Paul. Yes, I am enthusiastic and will say so. You will be too, if you really believe the problems in our nation are far worse than gay marriages and illegal alien drivers licenses. Does anyone remember the mortgage crisis? Let's get that fixed with some sound fiscal policies so our fellow Americans can get back in their homes.
The time is really right for a new direction in government. We've heard that before, but look around you. With the falling US dollar robbing us of our wealth, you gotta know the time is now, if ever.
I wasn't there at the rally, but wish I could have been; I'm not Republican, but I'm going to register as one; I haven't donated to his campaign, but I will on December 16th. Looks like his entire base hasn't begun to rally, but I'm sure that's changing.
I believe the crowd was over 3000 people.
3K to 4K Ron Paul supporters attended the Independence Mall Rally. I know because I was there. Despite the frigid wind chill temperatures, the turnout was absolutely amazing!
Good article CNN. You provided a decent picture, stated some of his great most radical views and put in print the enthusiasm of his crowd. I work as a Contractor with the US Army and believe me when I say Ron will take the Military vote. The Guys on the ground (as opposed to underground like our Generals and embedded "Journalist")know by now the "enemy" has no Air Force, Navy or ground forces to speak of. These are poor people with nothing but their pissed off, radical and mean God to keep them going. Viet Nam was the same way. All the Political and Media hype going in and on the ground people dressed in rags hoping to pick off a few of us. For war purposes, there weren't enough "Terrorist" so let's bomb some families and create some. I believe this strategy will work unfortunately. It really is difficult to maintain a feeling of pride after coming home. In a while many of my Brothers in arms suicided themselves trying to maintain this false pride. The Underground Generals, Journalist and guys dropping bombs from 30,000 feet and flying home to ten dollar ribbons and metals do not see the reality on the ground. So who has a sane policy concerning our troops actually on the ground in harms way? I say "blowback is real and Ron Paul has the policy of sanity. It is Constitutional and right. A once famous Marine General, Smedley Butler, wrote a piece, easily Googled online called War is a racket. It is great food for American thought. Short and sweet. As for the Federal Reserve and IRS. Many Americans feel an income tax is slavery. Why should I give up my hard earned dollars to anyone who did not work for it. We do as Americans already pay an outrageous tax on every stick of gum, gas, house, property or anything else we buy. The little guys (over 95% of Americans) or on the flat tax system while Corporations and the extremely rich through legislation enacted by the Corporations and extremely rich exempt them from paying their fair share of even sales taxes. The Federal Reserve (Central Banks) have been and are currently responsible for our financial woes. The audacity of these people blaming their failed policies world wide on many Americans buying a home beyond their means. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! The US Treasury can print money from thin air as well as the Fed. This would eliminate trillions in interest. Don't forget the Cental Banks have financed both sides of every war since WWI. Thinking about it these radical policies I've mentioned aren't so radical after all. Just sane policies made by sane people. Vote Ron Paul 2008.
I don't know if Ron Paul will get enough support to win. But I hope so because we need someone like him in office or things will not get better.
Check out this address to congress.
Good grief, here comes the fruit cake fringe.
I kinda feel sorry for Ron Paul, Although I am a proud Democrat. From what little I have read and heard so far about him many of his positions he would be a lot better off resigning from the Republican party and joining us, ditto for former Democrat NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, our prodigal son. Come home where you will be welcomed! The Republican elite holding the party power and deciding the ever more far right agenda have no place for you if you have a mind of your own. Moderates are marginalized as wackos and sent away to obscurity with single digit poll numbers long before any election really builds up a good head of steam. The very, very few moderate Republicans out there share another thing in common with ordinary Democrats. They are scorned by the "mainstream" right with nasty if not laughable labels such as "Commie" "Socialist" "unpatriotic traitor" and what seems like their their favorite, "America hater" Turn away from the dark side gentlemen, Don't embrace it as John McCain did! He was often admired and liked by many Democrats and Independents for a while back there, until he became absorbed by the Cheney/Bush "Collective" and became a neo-con "Borg"