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. TonyInKentucky

    The GOP is totally toxic to America and the concept of a liberal democracy.

    The founding fathers, even at this point Hamilton, are spinning in their graves.

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

    Ron Paul supports the Constitution and Freedom. He is a true Patriot.

    September 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |


    September 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. rhoward

    Can't imagine why Ron Paul would want to hang around this bunch in the first place. If you can't tow the party line blindly, they don't want you. Ron Paul is the true maverick of the Republican party. Go, Ron Paul, go!!!!

    September 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Ken

    Republicans today obviously dont want to be reminded of traditional party principles. Same govt, lower taxes, and hands off our freedoms.

    September 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Thomas Beaber

    I applaud Dr. Paul's efforts though I don't agree with all of his policies he actually stands for something and i respect that. The republican party does need a shakeup. Its time the conversation is about more than sexual orientation and abortions.

    September 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Observer

    With reasoning like that I can see how he lost. McCain's tax stance and Obama's military stance are grossly over simplified. He is either really bitter, has a very poor grasp of what is going on or has trouble expressing himself.

    None of these options are Presidential.

    September 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. EBC

    HA HA!

    This is too funny. Sen. McCain's camp invites YOU then restricts HOW you come and refuses to let you bring any guests.

    This is MORE vetting than they did when it came to Gov. Sarah Palin!!!

    Wow..... talk about a campaign that is "ARSE-backwards". The RNC is nothing but a train wreck on a track to nowhere!!

    Hey where is John and Cindy McCain's adopted African American daughter? Why isn't she traveling front and center with her typical WHITE CONSERVATIVE FAMILY? Why is it that only the WHITE and BLUE-EYED daughter travels with them? What's the deal?

    September 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Serge the DEM

    GOP screwed up by not putting Ron Paul at the top of the ticket.

    September 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Jim

    Ron stands for limited govt and freedom of personal liberties. Yet so many oppose him. What are your sound reasons for opposing constitutional govt and freedom.....or have your really thought beyond the brainwashing? How could that possibly be against your interests?

    September 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Way to Paul! Ron Paul, you should be supporting Bob Barr! Tell all conservatives and libertarians to support Barr for President! We need the potential McCain Republican supporters to go from McCain to Barr at the benefit of Obama!

    September 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. PoliticoMike

    How can you hate on Ron Paul. I'm a Dem, but I like this guy. I hope he messes it up for McCain 🙂

    September 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Barbara

    As an Independent, I would have voted for Ron Paul. I don't know if the Republicans are afraid of Ron Paul or the Truth. They sure wouldn't let Ron Paul talk about the real issues during the debates. So sad. This is America–Ron Paul should be heard.

    September 2, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. mark musselman

    I am afraid of Ron Paul having the power over me and my beliefs. I may however support a ticket of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.
    I am a supporter of Obama/ Biden, but might at least listen. No way no how no McSame for me, I can't wait to miss the Repulican Convention.

    September 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Michele/Oregon

    Imagine what they are doing to one of their own, Ron Paul!!????
    We have started a new club: CFMA, Country First My A.....

    McCain the so-called maverick, a self-serving title, about winning an election.

    Obama, on the cutting edge, about helping our country. The obvious choice this election.

    September 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. KM

    That's what I say when I don't want to be bothered with certain people. "I'll have your ticket waiting for you at will-call."

    September 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Jim

    Ron Paul is a great guy, with a great message. It may be the only way to salvage the GOP once they go down in a wave of blue in November.

    September 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Max

    The offer is belittling and misrepresents what Ron Paul's counter-rally is about. It's not a "my candidate didn't get invited to the party!" thing, and it's not a "my candidate didn't get elected!" thing. It's a more broadly sweeping, "I don't like the direction that the GOP has been taking us for the past 20 years" thing.

    Don't confuse this with PUMA rallies, where people are just angry about how a single candidate was treated. Ron Paul's supporters are more about how the core philosophy of the Republican party is being treated.

    September 2, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Bill K.

    Oh so now the McCain camp decides they need Ron Paul and his supporters!

    RON PAUL 08!!!

    September 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. valleyforge

    Palin was endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Alaska in 2006, and for good reason. She is a mainstream advocate of constitutional government and individual liberty, much like Ron Paul. And yes, both of them are pro-life.

    September 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. McCain Got It Wrong...

    Does that mean he has to put down his American Hat and PUT ON his Republican HAT..??


    September 2, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Amy in Chicago

    I just have to (finally) say that if you're going to attempt to write an intellectual comment, then stop using the stupid nicknames for the political candidates, ie: McSame, Repuglicans, McBush, Paleny, etc.. It makes you look less intelligent than some of you actuallly are, and makes it look like you can't come up with your own ideas.

    September 2, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. JusLaugh

    Just before all of the primaries last winter, before I listened to what the media had to say or heard any party spin, I spent a Saturday going through each candidate's website reading their proposed policies.

    Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich had the most impressive ideas. Too bad the main stream media and the individual parties paint anyone who is progressive as a "nut job".

    I am very dissappointed with the republicans for their treatment of this man for no good reason.

    As Americans, before blasting him, keep 2 things in mind. 1–People wrote Ross Perot off as a nut-job for his views on NAFTA...remember the "sucking sound" comment? He was right and now many Americans are out of jobs because they didn't listen.

    2. Ron Paul's record shows him to be the TRUE maverick and is the true STRAIGHT TALKER and the only real conservative left in the republican party. McCain is a fraud.

    Do your homework, people, before blindly following the flock of dumb sheep.

    September 2, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. tony

    This guy is our idiot-
    He may not even win his Congressional seat back-
    Let's see-
    Let's take some votes away from McCain ( Not Many ) but any votes could hurt ) to let NOBAMA walk in a little easier-
    Well the Dems have Michael Moore ( I quess we are still ahead–)

    September 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Kim

    Sad how Ron Paul holds the true values and basic principles that Republicans were about: limited government, tight spending. Now the current administration, McCain, the GOP demonstrates that they are pretty much OPPOSITE of what their party is all about.

    If Ron Paul was on the ticket I may have been swayed to vote for him, but this year it's Obama/Biden.

    September 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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