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. M.J.

    It figures. Even after he drops out the Repulicans are still afraid of him. They don't like anyone who speaks truth. Go Ron Paul!

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    These blogs fill up so fast with Obamite posts and then CNN closes them by lunch time. This is unfair to working people. If working people had a chance to speak out, these bloggs would contain more comments from the McCain side.

    September 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. John P

    This is how the Republicans treat their own if they don't goose step to the necon line. Dissent is crushed. This former Republican would gladly vote for Ron Paul for President, unfortunately the Repubs nominated a man who has become a neocon & is past it. I once had great respect for John McCain so that leaves me with Obama who will get my vote in November. I am disgusted with the Republicans, I never thought I would leave the party but now I am a registered independent.

    September 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. angie - dallas -28

    I hope Paul’s convention out numbers the GOP.
    Also I would not be sad if most republicans voted for Paul leaving the rest to vote for Obama and elect him president!

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. mobiusinformer

    They're just THAT scared of us, Dr. Paul!

    They let Hillary run all over Denver.....but you're a much bigger threat!

    You want REAL change? Vote for the one they're afraid to even have in the convention hall!

    Ron Paul 2008 / 2012 / for life!

    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Oh Golly! It's like he's the male version of Hillary Clinton!

    Hey...did anybody else hear that whole Bigfoot story was just a scam?!?

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Niel

    Ron,
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.

    September 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. APB Denton, TX

    Ron Paul should have been the candidate for change. McCain is just a shorter version of Bush.

    Republicans for Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Independent in DC

    I respect Ron Paul.

    September 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Sam

    RON PAUL SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Ron Paul is a RINO.

    September 2, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Ron Paul is my hero and got my vote in the primary as an unaffiliated voter. He is the man that will put America first by making sure our borders are secure and America is well defended...instead of spending billions on 100+ military bases all over the world.

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Mike from CA.

    Lieberman is in and Paul is out. Republicans in action. Victory at any cost.

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    the repugs are such a disaster; they have a nut for a nominee, the sarah palin fiasco (yeah, THAT choice showed good decision-making. she'll be dumped by the end of today msot liekly), the disastrous bush/cheney years, they're a bunch of hypocritical BLOWHARD DOOFUSES!!!

    "Obama talks about less military intervention, but he's the first one to say we should increase the troops in Afghanistan." ummm, ya kinda left out a REALLY important part in that silly sentence of yours, ronny! obama wants MUCH less military intervention in IRAQ, you know, that disastrous invasion that is costing US taxpayers billions by the day???

    and we DO need to increase troops in afghanistan, you're showing yourself to be as stupid and blind as the rest of your republican kooks! AL QAEDA attacked us on 9/11, not saddam hussein like the repug crooks tried to lie to you about! al qaeda trains in AFGHANISTAN near the border of pakistan (where their mastermind is hiding), and THAT is where we need to be if we TRULY want to deal with the terrorists who killed our fellow americans on september 11th, 2001!!!

    September 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    Ron Paul is a nut. How are you going to establish your own convention and then run back to the Republicans for their convention. You gotta pick sides pal.

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Le Troubadour

    No way to treat Ron Paul. His supporters need to take a stand against the GOP.

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Roman

    A real convention, not just a crowning, is being held across the river in Minneapolis.
    Given the party choices, I am comforted come folks are still talking about ideas and issues and not just personalities and party loyalties.

    September 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Denise

    Paul, GO HOME!

    September 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. American

    Here is a Republican who makes some sinse!

    However, they chucked him under the bus and treat him like dirt. The Republican party is deeply divided and only a remnant of what they once were. Even the old timers are noticing this shift towards kook leadership and jumping ship.

    2008 is the year of action. Vote people! Obama is the only logical choice.

    September 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Ron Paul is the real Maverick

    I think Ron Paul is the real maverick here.
    McCain is just a side kick.

    McCains plans to help America recover from Bush

    -Same energy plans as Bush( drill drill drill)....check
    -Iraq policies( 10 billion a month for the next 100 years) ...Check
    -No health care plan what so ever.....Check
    -No economic plans, but to stick to Bush's........Check
    -War is the answer to every foriegn related problem......Check
    -Gambler on VP pick under investigation for corruption in AK........ check
    -Poor judgement on VP pick who was part of the anti-semetic group Buchanan Brigades(Nazi sympathisers)............check
    Campaign strategist : KARL ROVE.......what? again?

    What a blow to Lieberman

    I can go on and on

    September 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Well Ron, this is what happens when you fail to march "lock step" with the Republican Party powerful. But I think you already knew this was the treatment you would receive for having the audacity to speak out during the debates.

    September 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Scott B

    Nice to see some news on the only Republican actually caring about the REAL issues. Ron Paul, I hope to God you run again in 2012...we'll be in even worse shape and people then can look back and see that 4 years ago, you were one of very few talking about how to solve the real issues at hand.

    If I see another completely irrelevant story about Palin's daughter or her husband's DWI from the 80's, I'm going to lose it. Hopefully CNN and other media outlets will at least talk about a recap of Dr. Paul's rally.

    Dr. Paul has infinitely more importance to politics and the Republican party than Palin's daughter's pregnancy.

    September 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Peter T

    Ron Paul did quite number of votes in the primaries, other candidates are allowed to speak. Is the GOP afraid of him?

    September 2, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Charles Shaw Liverpool, NY

    Now if Ron Paul would just, let go of the Republician party, and join with the rest of us trying to bring freedom and Liberty back to the good old USA. Come on Ron, join with us Libertarians and support Bob Barr.

    September 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. tigerakabj

    I can understand why the GOP didn't pick him – he won't be a puppet for them like McCain is. The things Ron Paul represents the GOP no longer represents.

    I saw snippets of the GOP debates, they constantly took the focus off Ron Paul.

    As an Obama supporter, he was the only Republican I would have supported.

    September 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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