November 28th, 2007
10:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Question #2807: Rep. Paul: will you run as an independent?


Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa

(CNN) - Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa asks: Mr. Paul, I think we both know that the Republican Party's never going to give you the nomination. But I'm hoping that you're crazy like a fox like that and you're using this exposure to propel yourself into an independent run. Mr. Paul, are you going to let America down by not running as an Independent?

What did you think about the candidates' response to the question? What would you have asked? Add your comment below, or better yet, turn on your camera to record your commentary and reaction video and send in your I-Report. Your comments below or you I-Report video could be part of CNN's post-debate coverage.


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  1. Mary, Beaver, PA

    CNN is afraid of Ron Paul, just like the media was afraid of Barry Goldwater in 1964. This country has become too much of a socialist empire and has brainwashed too many people in public schools. This is why people who appreciate the individual liberty founded in the Bill of Rights are ignored, marginalized, or vilified by these news organizations and by an electorate who gives lip service to the Constitution and the ideals of liberty but doesn't really believe in them. If the majority of voters really believe that the government of the United States is a metaphor for Mommy, Daddy, and Santa Claus, they deserve the kind of government that they've been getting for the past 40 years.

    November 29, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  2. Ruiz Sealy Tx

    I thought CNN has been doing a better job than Fox but I see now that you are all alike.

    Railroading Ron Paul will just backfire.

    Ron Paul 2008

    November 29, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Jim Palmisano, Springfield, Missouri

    Mark Strauss God Bless You!

    Keep doing what you're doing! That's what we want. Make sure the MSM keeps Ron Paul in the single digits in the Polls!

    Amazing that several of the other Candidates are now copying Ron Paul's beliefs and platform. They're talking the Constitution, States rights, IRS, etc...

    It's extremely laughable that Huckabee(the man that destroyed the Conservative movement in Arkansas singlehandedly and better known in Arkansas as Tax Hike Mike), comes out and says he wants to get rid of the IRS. LOL

    CNN applauds him for that but Ron Paul has been saying this for 30 years and was ridiculed only a couple of debates ago for the same statement.

    The best part of all of this is that the NEW MEDIA is recording all of this BS and it will be on YouTube in 24 hours.

    Keep it coming! You're giving us invaluable footage and the whole world will know what you've done.

    Are you sure of what you're doing? You'd better think twice! LOL

    This is too much FUN!!!!!

    This will be posted Nationwide immediately so you can't deny it happened.

    I feel like a kid at Christmas and it's already here and my presents are awesome! ROFL

    November 29, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Terry, Cincinnati, Ohio

    I know this comment won't make it, already there are hundreds of reports online of submitted comments being deleted or not posted...(complete with screen shot proof.)

    I watched this morning's CNN commentary about the debate, if they mentioned Ron Paul I missed it. It seems with the recent ARAB connection scandal with Rudy being exposed the media has now decided who we should focus on, handing us Mike Huckabee. How odd that the CNN online poll about who won the debate puts Dr. Paul first and Huckabee second.

    WE ARE watching, we know that Faux news alters online polls accusing Paul supporters of "fixing" them (you can only vote once)and now we are watching CNN step up to the plate to carry on. Murdock et al in control UP there in media world must be terrified of Dr. Paul because that's the only explanation for what you're doing.

    Asking Dr. Paul this question was stupid, he has already explained QUITE clearly that he has no intention of running as a third party candidate. Why not a question about teh abolition of the PRIVATE BANK called the Federal Reserve? What about a question about the IRS? (Huckabee got that question, thankfully he answered it right in line with Dr. Paul's ideas, perhaps they'll be running mates, wouldn't that just pucker the media's lips?)

    When Dr. Paul and Huckabee are running against Billary and Obama, the media will either have to pretend only Billary is running or they will actually have to show both sides of the race. That's going to smart isn't it? Being forced to show Dr. Paul and allow Americans to hear what he has to say.

    November 29, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Fred

    Dr. Paul, please keep running. We need your message of freedom and a return to the type of government our founding fathers envisioned. You are the only candidate courageous enough to tell the truth, regardless of how the flagrantly biased news media ignores or distorts the message of liberty.

    November 29, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. ned, new orleans LA

    The media will try everything to keep Ron Paul under raps.Last night was just sad, but Ron always has a way of making any question they throw at him backfire on them. They are scared of him they know that "WHEN" he gets into office there will be some major changes. And i hope he gets rid of this neocon system of controlled media and propaganda we have.

    There are so many people waking up to the truth, and they see that Ron Paul is the only way...it is our future and he is the one that will bring us there with flying colors. Ron Paul FTW

    November 29, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know where you people get off saying that Ron Paul was cut off or censored. He was given more time than Duncan Hunter (not that he would make it).

    November 29, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Jon Cruz (New York, NY)

    "THE OLD FASHIONED WAY!" involved candidates chosen at party conventions in backroom deals with no emphasis on primaries.

    November 29, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. ROBERT, RALEIGH , NC

    CNN YOU WERE THE ONES WHO SPOILED A GREAT DEBATE FOR ME WHEN YOU ALLOWED SUCH A SHALLOW VIDEO TO BE PLAYED...I WAS REALLY HOPING YOUR COMPANY WAS ABOVE THE MOST......BUT......I SHOULD OF KNOWN BETTER.
    ANOTHER ABSUED AMERICAN HERE!

    November 29, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Roy, Rutherfordton, NC

    Why all the airtime for Romney and Guilliani? The two most liberal of all the candidates. I think we know the answer.

    I thought Paul was being railroaded by this question as well. Glad to see others can see it too. I've switched my registration to Repub so I can vote for the man.

    Did anyone else notice that the audience members all appeared to be wealthy? The upper 2%. How about the cheering when McCain said we should continue the war? How does pro=life reconcile with being pro-war?

    Be a part of the change. Vote Ron Paul in your state's primary.

    November 29, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Tim Baltimore, MD

    Mark Strauss also asked a question in the YouTube Democratic debate.

    Who is this guy? I smell a rat. CNN has some explaining to do.

    This question was meant to marginalize Paul, but it was disguised as a complement from a so-called supporter.

    November 29, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. NoMoreLies

    This is a stupid question (more like veiled insult) that the media keeps on throwing at Ron Paul to marginalize him.

    Everyone knows that running as an independent is equivalent to bowing out of the race entirely in this broken democracy.

    The whole left/right paradigm is a sham. There is only one clear division in the US and that is up/down – that is the division between the people and the establishment!!

    November 29, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Jason King Lynn-Haven Florida

    Im very dissapointed that we dont have a single news agency in this country that is non bias. I once considered CNN to be the best source for news but boy was I wrong. Why cant the media give Ron Paul the attention he deserves? Shame on CNN!!!

    November 29, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. MARY, RALEIGH NC

    Mark Strauss from Davenport, Iowa , I KNOW YOU ARE WITH THE CSD
    ( CNN SCREEN DEPARTMENT ) LORD DO HELP US ALL AND GIVE THE STRENGH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO STOP BEING EVERYTHING THEY HEAR.
    WE LOVE YOU DR. PAUL ( THANK YOU )

    November 29, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Hemendra Shah, Jacksonville, Florida

    why equal time was not given to Ron Paul? CNN is afraid of what? is CNN truely fair and balanced media? I don't think so, CNN cheated on time to Ron Paul, CNN should be ashamed of itself

    November 29, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Fawzi Saad, Joliet IL.

    After researching Mark Strauss here on the internet, it is blantantly clear from interviews he has given, that he admits that CNN asked him to edit his questions. CNN along with all the other MSM (Main Stream Media) have been posing this question to Ron Paul running as an Independent all week.

    What a coincidence, that towards the end of the debate, Mark Strauss, who also asked a question at a CNN-YouTube Democratic Debate was also given a another chance to ask a question in the Republican Debate. That question was clearly designed to hurt Ron Paul's image as a viable Presidential contender.

    I will be posting a video on YouTube citing the sources of the articles I found, where questioners on these YouTube videos, including Mark Strauss admit they were instructed to edit their questions.

    I hope I get past the censors, but if not, I have a screen shot.

    November 29, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Brendan Shea Glenmoore PA

    Mark Strauss was a plant, this was the dumbest and least credible of all the questions asked . This even made the idiot REB from TEXASS quasi credible. Sorry Mark you lost just like dem dumb Rebs lost 142 years ago!

    November 29, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Mike Stevens

    I GOT NEWS FOR YOU ALL

    IF YOU DON'T TAKE RAGE TO THE STREET YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FREE EVER AGAIN

    YOU HAVE TO PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN THEM OR THEY JUST LAUGH AT YOU

    IM NOT PRO RON PAUL BUT.... THE PROBLEM STILL EXISTS AMERICANS ARE FAT AND SOFT AND WILL NEVER EVER DO ANYTHING BUT ROLL OVER AND PLAY DEAD

    YOUR COUNTRY IS LOST

    YOUR FREEDOM IS LOST

    YOUR CONSTITUTION IS LOST

    HABEAS CORPUS IS LOST

    YOUR RIGHTS ARE LOST

    WHATS WRONG AMERICA , AFRAID TO GET BLOODY KNUCKLES ?

    WOULD BE THE BEST THING FOR ALL OF YOU. A GOOD FIGHT

    HOW MUCH MORE ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP ??????????

    I AM ASHAME TO BE A AMERICAN CITIZEN

    FOOLS + TOOLS = SLAVES

    December 28, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
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