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. John Starnes

    Shameful but typical that the Republicans would dis the rare one of their own who possesses a clarity of intellect and that cannot be bought while touting themselves as "the party of principles". Then again, they foisted Bush and McCain on us to try and keep their 8 year long gravy train rolling along while America sinks under the weight of their duplicity.

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

    Been a republican since 1980, and voted that way in national elections ever since, but I do know that the party meeting in St. Paul is not the party I know, have supported, and stood by. The treatment Ron Paul has received show's us that the current republican leadership just can't handle the truth. The 2 parties are just distorted versions of each other.

    September 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Bill, Alabama

    This just goes to show that even being a very conservative Republican will get you no where if you are not a part of McCain's "inner circle".

    This is a carbon copy of how the Bush administration handles people who do not agree with them.

    McCain is a copy of Bush's arrogant, angry personality.

    September 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. jose

    This guy talks sence and no body listen. Why have we become a country where people who don't give an straight answer get all the attention? Why do we ask for action and decide to pick two of the most do nothing candidates to run for president? Paul talks the truth and has plans to deal with all the contry's problems and he is ignored. We as a country don't even know what we want and electing any of those two clowns Mcain and Obama will be desastrous for the country, wait and see.

    September 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I think ron paul is a genius and I would have voted him, and I'm a democrat

    September 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. privatespy

    Reminds me of the old Groucho Marx line "I wouldn't want to be in a club that would have me as a member."

    I bet Ron Paul would get more airtime in five minutes at the convention than the commercial-war media will give his entire Campaign for Liberty AND anti-government protests combined. It's almost as if the media thinks Palin's pregnant daughter is more important that the future freedom of America.


    Can't say we didn't try to warn you. We tried to warn you when gas was $1.50 and the dollar was worth more than the Euro, and when people were taking out loans they couldn't afford. You folks brought this recession on yourselves... and then fudge the numbers in the media so you don't have to call it a "recession" out loud.


    You'll all get the spare "Change" you deserve.

    September 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Cheryl in Florida

    He should be allowed entrance without restrictions, what are the republicans afraid of? Oh that's right, they are afraid of the truth!!

    September 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Amy, Kazoo

    I'm curious...does the right to choose belong under the heading "personal liberties"?

    September 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Joe Cheesehead WI

    Don't go there Ron Paul.

    GOP Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia said it best: "The Republican brand is in the trash can. If we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf."

    It is so bad that more than 10 percent of the GOP members of the US Senate aren't even bothering to attend their own party's convention. They recognize BAD dog food when they see it.

    September 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Scott B

    Tom in Deleware,
    Hillary Clinton's stubborn and ignorant supporters are nothing like the situation with Ron Paul. Ron Paul is speaking out to bring to light real issues that McCain and most of the rest of the party ignore. Hillary Clinton's supporters were nothing like that...they were just crying about losing the primary EVEN THOUGH the one who beat her IS NEARLY IDENTICAL ON ALMOST EVERY ISSUE! While Paul and McCain have very little in common.

    September 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. longhairs for obama

    this independent would have voted for paul if he'd been nominated. this was republicans first mistake. now, with the way they are treating him,i would be surprised if ron votes for mcbush.

    September 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Jay

    Ron Paul is a kook. I hope he turns Democrat. He'd fit right in with those fruitcakes.

    September 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Larry, GA

    I'm writing in "Ron Paul" on my ballot.

    September 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Okay, so we have Republicans restricting other Republicans (a presidential candidate this year no less) access to the floor.
    And this after a number of Reps won't even show up to the convention? Including President Bush and VP Cheney who aren't showing up?
    I mean, don't the Reps NEED as many faces as possible in the crowd to show enthusiasm for their platform and candidates?

    Well, as much talk as there was about Hillary and the pumas, there was no separate "convention" held by Hillary. I wonder if Paul will get any air time tonight? Because, remember last week when every day it was about "Is Hillary going to help or hurt? Will she deliver? Can she help unify?"
    Then, after she reminded us of the problems we've had under President Bush, she told us no way, no how.
    So, it was then, well, what about President Clinton? Is he still mad? Will he help? So then Bubba goes out and let's it fly.
    In the end, it looks like unity to me.
    But, we have Reps holding a separate convention and no mention of disunity?
    I guess it's because Ron Paul didn't win many votes, and subsequent delegate. But I would still argue that this is definitely disunity when a presidential opponent within the party holds a separate convention.

    September 2, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Paul would have my pick on the GOP slate. His voice was the only voice of sense and reason, instead of canned rhetoric and talking points, during the GOP primaries.

    September 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. viki, NJ

    I thought : like McCain, the rest of America knows Ron Paul's policies are better than McCain's.

    And the thought of Palin beibg a heartbeat away makes me want to leave the army and run to London.

    September 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Ex-PUMA 4 Obama

    Oh, Oh.......GOP getting desparate?

    Of course...they just hired Eskew on board the McCain campaign to help prepare Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for her role as McCain's running mate. Eskew will help Palin prepare for her Wednesday night acceptance speech at the GOP convention and for her stump speech as she hits the road, brief her on policy matters, and help her handle the media scrutiny a lifetime in Alaska does not necessarily prepare one for.

    Why is this important? Well, Eskew, along with Warren Tompkins and Neal Rhodes, were key members of then-Gov. George W. Bush's South Carolina team during the 2000 primaries. McCain and his team long held Bush, Tompkins, Rhodes and Eskew responsible for the various smears against McCain and his family in the Palmetto state during that contentious contest.

    McCain would rather lose the war to win the Presidential nomination! All cards are off the table now with experience, judgement, lose a war to win the nomination.

    McNasty, where has your Mavericktism gone........?

    Ex-PUMA for Obama/Biden

    September 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Nikki, Florida

    Way to alienate Ron Paul supporters, RNC...nice going!

    September 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Kyle in FL

    Ron Paul was clearly the best choice for the Republicans and all Americans. Obama is not any better then McCain. If your not outraged your not paying attention!


    September 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Rheem

    I met Ron Paul when he gave a speech in North Carolina. I found him to be very genuine, knowledgeable on the issues and charismatic. As a life long Democrat, for the life of me I do not understand why the Republicans picked McCain. However I am increasingly happy they did.

    Obama 2008/ 2012
    HRC 2016/ 2020

    September 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. gate

    I'll bet he likes Palin. She hates the federal government, too. She was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, calling for Alaska to break away from the USA! What a terrible VP pick.

    September 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. JASON

    this guy is very honest and much better than MCCAIN if it was him i am sure he will get my vote. mcwar/mcMafia wont let this guy be at the convention because he will pull the masks down from GOP crooks

    September 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Eric

    Sounds like he is the Reformer the Repubs need!

    September 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    PEOPLE-Google Ron Paul, read about him. Don't just get all of your information from this site. Ron Paul was the only honest candidate we had!

    September 2, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Kelby from Houston, TX

    The repugs should realize that these are deparate times for them. ron Paul has 10,000 people going to his convention. And again I ask, What kind of numbers is the RNC pulling down? How many people attended their convention? Does Ron Paul have better attendance than the GOP? I will bet that he does.

    September 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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