April 28th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Ron Paul: the revolution lives on

CNN

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(CNN)— Texas Congressman Ron Paul said Monday his revolution is still alive, and he will not be shut out of the presidential race by the Republican Party.

“We’re trying to say we have a right to argue our case that Republicans ought to stand for something,” Paul told CNN Monday morning. Adding, the need for change is vital, but all three candidates, including John McCain, represent a continuation of the same policy.

A large group of Paul’s supporters managed to bring Nevada’s Republican Convention to a standstill over the weekend after the party tried to exclude The Texas congressman from delegate allocations.

Paul, who never officially dropped out of the Republican presidential race, said he continues to gain support from delegates. “What’s the sense of having a convention if everything is decided?” He did not give any details as to who he might be referring to, or where this new support was coming from.

The congressman has 21 delegates in the latest CNN count. Arizona senator John McCain has 1,331 total delegates, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has 267, and Mitt Romney has 255.

Paul said his views are “very much in tune with being a good Republican,” and traditional GOP values.

Asked if he would encourage his supporters to back McCain, Paul reiterated his views that the two differ on fundamental issues, namely bringing troops home from Iraq.

Paul has said he will use his remaining campaign war chest of roughly $4 million to support candidates who share his vision.


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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Idaho

    Such a radical- still hanging on to wacko, fringe ideas like the US Constitution.
    This guy belongs in the White House.

    April 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Andy

    I notice that almost all the anti-Paul comments are statements like "OMG he is insane LULZ".

    Don't you idiots have any real arguments to put forth as to why you don't support Dr. Paul? Or will you just keep repeating ad-hominem nonsense? Die of AIDS you ill-informed retards.

    April 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Daniel Kane

    Psychiatric help??? This is the only sane man in the race. What's insane is that so many people consider him nuts. We've drifted so far from our constitutional roots we no longer even recognize them but consider constitutional principles the ravings of a lunatic! My god I feel like I'm stuck in Wonderland.

    April 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Vincent

    If Ron Paul was seen getting out of a car with Britney he would have gotten some news coverage. This country is too stupid to know that the answer is right in front of them. He's running on the platform Bush promised us in 2000 but lied. Ron Paul was elected with help from Reagan. It's disgusting how stupid Americans have gotten that they would vote for a liberal democrat like McCain. Hitlery is more of a Republican than McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Uncle Sam

    With all due respect, but if there were no terrorists before we invaded Iraq, just who were those attacking us on 9/11? And who were those who have been attacking innocents for the past 25+ years all over the globe? It is a myth that radicaI Islamic extremists were created by our presence in the region or because of our support of Israel. If that were so, why are dozens of other countries the targets of their attacks? And why have we not been attacked since 9/11? Ultimately, there is no alternative if we believe that evil exists in our world and we must be courageous in the face of that threat.

    April 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Truth

    McCain is a cancer ridden senile puppet for his rich wife whom he calls names in public. He sings songs about bombing other countries and knows very very little about monetary policy. McCain is one of the worst choices possible, but Obama and Hillary are at least as bad. No surprise though, ask the average American who they're voting for and they will name one of the American Idol contestants.

    April 28, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Vincent

    If Ron Paul was seen getting out of a car with Britney he would have gotten some news coverage. This country is too stupid to know that the answer is right in front of them. He's running on the platform Bush promised us in 2000 but lied. Ron Paul was elected with help from Reagan. It's disgusting how stupid Americans have gotten that they would vote for a liberal democrat like McCain.

    April 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Terry, El Paso TX

    The Ron Paul supporters – apparently about 5% of the electorate and apparently all men – simply cannot believe that we listened to their guy, evaluated his hare-brained policies, and dismissed him and them as a dingbat fringe. They still believe that if he got the nomination or ran as an independent, he would "sweep the nation."

    He would get the same 5% that he got in the primaries. Maybe a Paul-Nader ticket would get 10% of the vote.

    April 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Despite the attempt to portray a McCain presidency as a third Bush term, the American people know John McCain to be his own man. In a recent interview, Sen. Joe Biden confided, "Although my fellow Democrats would not like to hear this, John hates war and as president he would do everything possible to get us out of Iraq."

    We would be wise to judge a candidate for president by his actions over the course of a lifetime rather than by his rhetoric over the course of a campaign.

    Americans for McCain '08

    April 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    As far as I'm concerned, Paul is the only sensible candidate. Clinton or Obama? Those tax-and-spend socialists? Yeah, right... McCain? That tax-and-wage-war paranoiac? Equally, yeah, right...

    April 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Dear uncle sam

    You can't still possibly believe that invading Iraq was about chasing down terrorists? The "war on terror" is a perfect front for continued spending and invasions, their will never be a clear victory and that will allow the "war" to continue indefinetly.

    The US debt has balloned since the start of the Iraq war, and a large portion of that money is owed with intrest to the federal reserve a private banking monopoly NOT a goverment entity. As war is the most profitable business of all it is the intrest of the federal reserve, arm suppliers, oil companies etc to continue the "war on terror.'

    Whoever controls the money controls the relationship, the president must worry about his funding and the intrests of those providers first before the welfare of the average person. This unbalanced relationship is the foundation of Dr. Paul's campaign.

    Educate yourself on the federal reserve, you will be amazed!!!

    April 28, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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