September 2nd, 2008
12:21 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC to Paul: Pick up your pass at the gate

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Watch Ron Paul on American Morning Tuesday.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday that he was told he could go to the Republican convention floor under restricted conditions, but he'd have to pick up his pass at the gate and he couldn't have any guests.

"Republican congressmen should have a pass to the floor but they said, 'Your pass will be at the gate and we'll pick it up when you leave and you can't take anybody with you," Paul said on CNN's "American Morning."

Supporters of the former Republican presidential candidate are holding their own counter convention in Minneapolis. The "Rally for the Republic" marks the official start of Paul's new political action group, the "Campaign for Liberty."

More than 10,000 tickets to the rally have been sold. Tucker Carlson, Jesse Ventura and Grover Norquist are among the speakers who will appear before Paul, who is scheduled to address the rally at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Paul said his rally will be a positive event that focuses on the issues he thinks other Republicans ignore -"the spending problems, the deficit, our foreign policy, our national defense, our monetary policy."

"We're Republicans – we believe in limited government and personal liberties. We ought to be talking about these things," he said.
Paul has been critical of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

Asked if there is anything to like about the presidential contenders, Paul said "not a heck of a lot."

"I like it when they shift their positions, but then you don't know where they are," he said sarcastically. "John McCain used to be for taxes – now he's against taxes. Obama talks about less military intervention, but he's the first one to say we should increase the troops in Afghanistan."
Paul did have kind words for Sarah Palin, McCain's vice presidential pick. He said he was "delighted" to hear she said positive things about him in a recent interview.

"I hope she puts the right kind of pressure on our platform," he said.

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    John McCain is like Henry Blake from MASH. Hes "not" in control of the situation. He is like a military droid who is a part of a machine.

    September 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Jim

    God!!!! RP is still around?

    September 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. McBoob

    My tow nail has more experience than this joke of a pick in Palin. McSame, you really messed up big time for your chances. She is in hiding because this RNC is trying to give her a crash course on LAW,Politics, Economics, Diplomacy 101..This spin job won't be bought by voters..

    September 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    I thought the Republicans were the party of unity this time.

    I don't agree with a lot of what Ron Paul says but hasn't he earned the right to be heard? Or is that an issue for the Republicans only when it pertains to Hillary?

    September 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Morningstar

    Republican Party reminds me of the polit-bureau of the former Soviet Union! If you are not with them 100%, then you are against them 100%

    September 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. concern

    Thats a shame!

    Never go aginst the GOP!

    September 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Ron Paul couldn't get on the GOP ticket because he is not evil enough. I think that he needs to realize that the republicans we have now, are not the republicans of yesteryear when he joined the party. As you can see they focus on spending limited government and personal liberties. However, that is not what the current GOP is about. Those issues don't scare people into voting for them.

    RON, DON'T GO THEIR PARTY! HAVE A BALL AT YOUR OWN!

    The lineup of speakers at your convention is way more interesting than whatever they are doing at the GOP. Don't sully your good name by hanging around these clowns.

    September 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    Paul,

    Obama will increase troops in Afghanistan, defeat Osama and then follow less military intervention. How about that?

    September 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. SDunn

    Ok, this campaign really is about judgment because experience is irrelevant if you continue to make the same stupid decisions over and over again. So, I have not heard McCain discuss anything in his stump speeches other than foreign policy and energy. What does he plan on doing to fix the economic problems that we're facing. I have not heard him spell out anything as of yet. Maybe he will in his acceptance speech??? But the only candidate that I've heard who actually has a vision to fix the problems that we're in is Obama. He has been talking about his vision for over 18 months now even before his acceptance speech. I have not heard McCain spell out his plans on education or on health care which means that he doesn't have a plan for that?????? For health care I keep hearing that he wants to tax health care benefits? My point is experience is meaningless if you don't have a vision for this country. What is McCain's vision? Sorry but I have yet to hear it.

    September 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I like Ron Paul, I think he should be there, but then the GOP doesn't have superdelegates, do they?

    September 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    GOD BLESS RON PAUL!!!! He is the person that should have been picked instead of McSame.

    September 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Xango 08 & 12

    why is CNN so quiet about the police abuse going on here in St Paul???

    CNN please report on the real news..

    ohh forgot , CNN does not want to say a t hing to Mcbush

    or they will be censored

    September 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. BD

    Look for a three party debate in 2012.

    September 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. leapfrog

    I still get a laugh whenever I read republican criticism of Obama by leveling a charge of elitism. To me, elitism means that he's an intellectual (a good thing in my book). We know what happens when an imbecile sits in the oval office. It would be refreshing to have someone who understands what he's talking about, who understands detente. When some backwoods yahoo says "elitism" as if it's a dirty word, I'm reminded of Nazi Germany, where intellectuals were targeted for abuse and singled out for slaughter because they could see through the government spiel. So when you read in these posts some Republican rant about elitism, picture them in brown shirts, a swastika, and a glazed and frenzied look in their eyes.

    September 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Is this convention being televised or on CNN.com Live?

    September 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Lee from FL

    i actually like Ron Paul.

    September 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. McCainisNOTsmart

    Now this is a tolerant party huh?

    September 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Johnson

    When did Obama say he is for less military? He said he is not against war, just dumb ones that don't make us safe and take resources away from the main war on terror against AlQuida in Afghanistan. I would like ONE person to show me where Obama said he is for less military?

    Paul doesn't even know his opponents yet he is expecting to run for president? Wow.

    September 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. AJ

    Good to see he is getting so much support for his group! Ron Paul is one of the few in Washington that "get it"!

    September 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Ron Paul scam artist

    Is this cracker serious, he pulled the wool over well meaning followers spouting the 1800's mentality and all the time he used them to get him reelected to congress. will someone be so kind to tell him the Alamo, fell, and Lincoln was killed and Napoleon isn't looking for a running mate........

    September 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Michael, Farmington, NH

    This is outrageous! I'm insulted by the republican party's treatment of Dr. Paul. Paul was the last contender standing for the republican nod, he raised more money than McCain, not to mention he raised more money from active military personnel than McCain. He's a true republican and a real American and this is a disgrace.

    This Ron Paul Republican is now an Obama Independent.

    September 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. NORA, FLORIDA

    I hope Ron Paul keeps his dignity about him and does not becomes a sore old man like McCain has turned out to be!!

    September 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. AVERAGE JOE

    –>8 years with the republicans was enough, right guys??

    September 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. ObamaAllTheWay

    Paul stick to your guns you do not have to say kind words to Palin because she said positive things about you. Youneed to know what she stands for, her experience and everything about her before you make judgement.

    September 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. NoMcSame or ReThuglicans

    Go Ron. Give them hell. Ha ha ha. The whole ReThuglican party is a joke.

    September 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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