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

RNC to Paul: Pick up your pass at the gate


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. Andrew

    Ron Paul is the only person that would really change the world. A lot of Republicans wont accept him because he doesnt share the groupthink mentality

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

    Is this what John McCain's vision of America is all about? Whether you agree with Ron Paul or not he is a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives and should be treated with respect. This is just a continuation of the partisan, one point-of view politics first put forth by Lee Atwater and continued by Karl Rove and George W. Bush. What does this say about true democratic values if a man of such stature is admonished for his opinion. In two days, we have seen cover-ups, deceit , stormtroopers and now this from what used to be known as the party of Lincoln. How anyone can support such behavior is beyond comprehension?

    September 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. G-money Big Dawg

    I'm a strong long Republican....Ron if you were the nominee...I would vote for you but I can not vote for a trader like vote is going to be cast for Obama.....I will not vote for an unfit mom like sara palin...yeap McCain you lost my vote.....Republicans for

    September 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Terry

    Why would the RNC want to hear from Ron Paul? They are trying to control the rumor mill that McCain failed to properly vet Sarah Palin, on several issues. McCain's Staff really messed-up by stating that the FBI had vetted Sarah Palin. The FBI issued a statement to announce that the FBI does not vet political candidates. So, Ron Paul comes in as the next major bump in the road for the RNC and the McCain Camp. Yes John, you are trapped on a "Bridge to Nowhere".

    September 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. T

    We have a choice Republicans. Ron Paul has better judgement than McCain. I will vote for him in November. RON PAUL is the best choice for Republicans.

    September 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Mark

    I would really like a news outlet to air the entire convention Ron Paul is holding since his own party will not let him speak at the convention to speak on the issues.

    Please CNN or any media let Ron Paul's views on issues be heard by the public.

    September 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Mike in Columbus

    RNC officials with a mind of their own are simply not wanted!

    It was the same for McCain (how quickly Repubs forget), that is until he fell into lock step and started walking the party line. Which btw, required him to abandon all of the issues and descisions that made him a 'Maverick'.

    And the Palin pick... is at best a poor descision, at worst a political STUNT!

    September 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. The Austrian

    The revolution is but in its infancy. Republicans, shape up or get out of the party! Democrats, start panicking; the REAL conservatives are taking over, and you don't stand a chance against true conservatism.

    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Christie

    I was a republican until last week. This is very sad especially when I have been Republican for over 16 years. I even worked as a volunteer for both father and son Bush. McCain has really messed this up for the Republican. He did not do his research. Immediately after selecting Palin, he and the party and constantly defending her qualification. If he wanted a women, he could have chosen 5 others more qualified. If he wanted someone with executive experience, no one better than Mitt Romney.

    This pregnancy issue although it is private issue. The moment you run for the 2nd office in the US, there is no privacy. Everything will be and should be scrutinized. I want a presidency that I can look up to. If Palin can't run her own family, how can she run the country.

    For the first time, I will not be voting for GOP. Obama looks more mature and experienced that any of the other candidates.

    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Debbie

    Ron Paul should run as the independent. McCain's backers have issues and if there is no viable candidate without excess bagage, I will vote for Obama.

    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Jeebs

    LOL, What a slap in the face to his Republican supporters!

    Hillary was given the stage and an amazingly warm welcome at the DNC.

    What are the republicans afraid he'll say??

    You're welcome to vote for Obama, Paul!


    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Don't know why you want to show up anyway Ron? No one will be watching, and it's just plain bad publicity.

    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |

    See how the republicans treat their own?

    They practise so much fear that now they fear their own.


    September 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Man, I wish Rep. Paul would have won the nod over McBush. I'm not a republican but I would have voted for him in a second over Sen. Obama. I think it's pathetic that the rebublicans treat one of their own representatives like this. I guess it really is the neo-cons party now. Washington Post says that McBush's people have been in talks with Rep. Paul to gain his support and donor lists. The people who supported Ron Paul will NEVER, let me repeat that NEVER EVER support McBush.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Michael in Houston

    I'm a Obama supporter but I have to give it to Ron Paul. Living here in Texas, we get to see him more often than the rest of America. Although I disagree at times with Mr. Paul's politics, I got to say this guy is brutally honest. And how very Rebuplican of you RNC to put limitations on one of your Presidental nominee's. I thought you Repubs were big on the Amemdments. Oh that's right, equal rights...err no, free speech.....err no, big ole guns to shoot animals you have no plan on eating .....yeehaw! Why would anyone still want to be apart of the Republican party is amazingly insane.

    September 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. WhoIsPalin?

    I bet about 20% of the Republican vote will be going to Dr. Paul this election. McCain/Palin ticket is more of a Nightmare than a Bad Joke!!!

    September 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Tom

    Ron Paul is the best candidate currently running for office. It is a shame that he gets so much less coverage than John McCain and a tiny fraction of the media coverage that Obama gets. Anyone else feel like the media is trying to choose a president for us by using selective coverage with heavy spin?

    September 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. John B. From New Hampshire

    yo RP, of course we need more troops in afganistan, we started this thing, then basically shot ourselves in the foot trying to get binladen by going into Iraqw under false pretenses. we should have been in afganistan the whole time. or are you for a free Al Qaeda??

    September 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    You have to be a little fascist like AIPAC Joe Lieberman to get the royal treatment at this convocation of Evil, Darkness and Greed...

    September 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Erika Faush

    I am 27 years old and I am finding this election very interesting the American people have shown their true colors about race and not the real issues at hand our economic status, the war over in Iraq, health care, and Education McCain is going to give us Four more years of the same MESS and his VP pick Im afraid does not have what it takes to run this country but these are the people that are suppose to be right to run this country because they fit "THE AMERICAN DREAM" and that is not right Obama and Biden come highly qualifed to do this job and I wish them GOD SPEED.......

    September 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. John

    It's a shame that the libertarian voice is being fractured between the Paul and Barr camps. I like Paul better than Barr, but him being a Republican means he can't run as a Libertarian and that just dilutes our efforts.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Katy

    He's in the wrong party, the republican party is now run by a bunch of hypocritical evangelical loonies.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. America

    This man is truly ahead of his time. Its a shame the republicans wont give him a chance.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    Paul talks about other candidates switching positions. What about his?
    1) runs for President in 88 as a Libertarian
    2) Has a counter convention while complaining that his access to the GOP convention has been hindered.
    3) has nice things to say about Palin only after hearing she had nice things to say to him.

    Give me a break!! You lost Ron. Now, go home and deal with it.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Tex Ann

    You know, it's kind of scary to think people actually follow this guy (and his "brilliant" bud Jesse Ventura– what a joke there!). Ron Paul may be a nice guy and he may have a couple of good ideas, but for pete sake folks, if you research all this guy advocates, he's just a nutcase. Be careful- be very very careful.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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