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. Silence Dogood

    Everyone should be considering third party options, after seeing the weak excuses being forced on us now.

    No McCain.
    No Obama.

    Protest the 2 party system! Vote Ron Paul or Green Party. Let them all speak!

    September 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET

    OBAMA 08

    September 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Jeffer65

    10,000 at his rally? That's pretty good. Has McCain ever attracted that many people.?

    September 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Tim Hutchins

    Isn't Ron Paul running for president on another party ticket? Why would reasonable people invite enemies to rant amongst them?

    September 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Chris

    Ron Paul should be allowed to have his own throne.

    September 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |

    That's rignt RNC. Treat him like you guys treat all minorities. Diversify your portfolio repugs.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. tom independent

    What a "big tent" party. I think Ron Paul is a guy with respectful conservative values. Less government in our pockets, less government in our personal lives, less US government meddling around the world and sending off our young people to die and spend our money overseas. I think he is more America First (that is American people) then John McCain could ever be.

    September 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Deborah

    In the Austin, Texas area the only bumper stickers you see are for Ron Paul!

    Austin LOVES You Paul!

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Donna

    They are treating Ron pretty badly...he shouldn't even WANT to go at this point...they are only doing this because his supporters are getting attention for their own convention....

    September 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. John in Ohio

    Republicans oppose free speech.

    Republicans oppose true independent mavericks.

    Republicans oppose democracy.

    Vote for freedom and independence and the Constitution, vote for Ron Paul. He's the only choice for true conservatives.

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

    John mccain cant make thse mistakes an expect to win. he should check out the lady better than that.

    September 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. alan

    Ron Paul voters come aboard if you will on the Obama express, payback if you will at the voting box. You may have some independents in mind , but why put at risk the chance of these clowns getting back in ; at least Barack wouldn't disrespect you and your your candidate.

    September 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Levi

    Remember the days when Republican meant – ethics
    Remember the days when Republican meant – small government
    Remember the days when Republican meant – fiscally prudent
    Remember the days when Republican meant – conservative Christian

    The days have been long gone and McCain wants to continue the destruction of the Republican party

    September 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Peter , MI

    Dear Ron Paul,
    I am a Democrat who respects your opinions, and I closely followed what you've done in the last few years. You are one of the few Republicans left with whom I feel I could actually talk and come together with. The party has moved into dangerous territory with those religious extremists.
    I hope you'll resist McCain's ingratiations and chatting-up.
    Good luck to you!

    September 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Sacto Joe

    Ron Paul supporters, you are welcome to join us in electing an INTELLIGENT President, Senator Barack Obama.

    GO BAMA!

    September 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Mike, TX

    Ron Paul cares about "the spending problems, the deficit, our foreign policy, our national defense, our monetary policy"?? Please talk to Obama, and you'll get solutions!

    September 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. JW

    There's a reason Ron Paul finished 6th in a field of 5.

    September 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. CM

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery for your wife Dr. Paul. May you two enjoy life.

    I don't agree with all of your message but the manner you deliver it should be commended. Especially taking into account your party membership

    Obama 08

    September 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Maryann Rose

    Obviously the GOP is scared of Ron Paul. As well they should be!

    Between Karl Rove's nasty comment about Joe Biden, McSame's VP pick, and now this?

    You would have to be complete moron to vote Republican, unless the Republican is Ron Paul. The only TRUE conservative.

    So, CNN, are you going to carry Ron Paul's address tonight? Or are you just as exclusive as the GOP? I'm actually shocked to see mention of him on your 'Ticker'.

    I'll be watching at 8:05 pm tonight, and if I don't see Dr. Paul's face, I'm switching the channel to MSNBC.

    September 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Kate

    McCain was behind this insulting treatment of Ron Paul. Its such a McCain thing to do. He hated Ron Paul.

    Ron wants peace and a Constitutional govt. McCain wants more wars. Niether party wants constitutional govt. anymore. Ron should have run as an independent anyway. Ron's philosophy of traditional Republican politics was so long ago that no one remembers it. Its long dead. The new Republicans are for big govt, war, taxes, theocracy and corporate handouts.

    The best thing Ron Paul supporters can do is vote for Obama to get fair and just Supreme Court justices. That is where your freedom lies is in the courts. McCain has already said he wants more like Alito Roberts and Scalia. No freedom there. Just more help for corporates and big govt.

    September 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Kate

    I am sorry Ron. You deserve better.

    September 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Alex_OH

    As an avid RON PAUL fan and supporter........I declare hereby that I AM NOT VOTING JOHN MCSAME. I was leaning McCain but now they have no chance. Dr. Ron Paul is a man of principles and a reformer.

    September 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Kevin in Jacksonville

    When someone comes along with a message of peace, individual liberty, limited govermnent, and low taxes, you can bet that person won't be welcome at the Republican Convention.

    September 2, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. b. Krause

    What Paul forgets is that we all represent the government. We're of it. We're germane to the process. We are the process. With those truths in place, exactly which parts of this population does he propose to get rid of?

    September 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Jon

    Ron Paul is the only real Republican in this race. Anyone who subscribes to the Republican ideals of small government, low taxes, and personal responsibility should vote for Paul.

    September 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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