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. Molly

    Ron Paul is awesome! I hope he runs independently!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Republicans eating their own.

    September 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. bob

    for all the things i am against paul. He's right about military and he's right about spending. He's right about limited government. He's wrong just about everything else beside his knowledge in medicine.

    September 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. John in Ohio

    Republicans oppose individual rights.

    Republicans oppose freedom.

    Republicans oppose fiscal responsibility.

    Republicans oppose free speech.

    Ron Paul is the only real Republican in the field this year. That's why the GOP is so afraid of him. He is the only choice for true conservatives and Republicans in 2008.

    September 2, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. WAKE UP!

    Please, for the love of your country and your future descendents, learn about Ron Paul. He is the only politician in this country who cares about them. Our government is slowly taking away our power. Our founding fathers wanted a republic for us, not a democracy. If you don’t know the difference, then find out. There may be a war going on in Iraq, but the bigger war is for your mind. WAKE UP! All of you who are picking Obama, please read up on him. You think he’s going to turn this country around? Our pockets will be supporting moths with him in the office. He will not end the war in Iraq, and if he does, he will just make problems elsewhere with his foreign policy. McCain? You mean Bush?

    Oh, and KC. That comment about the terrorist in the Afghanistan. WAKE UP! THEY’RE IN THE COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN AND THEY ARE CURRENTLY CONTROLLING YOU!!!

    September 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Deb

    I hope all these blogs help people see the light. John McCain is not our answer but a continuation of the same old tired policies and practices. America we are smarter than the republican party. We can not allow our country to unravel by electing this "war monger". This man preaches war, not peace. That is not the way of this millenium.

    September 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Dave

    This is to be expected. Ever since the GOP was taken over (hijacked) by the neo-cons they have feared someone like Dr. Paul and his policies that stay in line with what the GOP should be (along with his adherence to the Constitution). Face it, the neo-cons have seized power and once someone has that kind of power they will do anything to keep it (much like the British royalty. Do you really think they are just figure heads? They are on the Committee of 300 and run many world affairs).

    September 2, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. mary kirk

    Dr Ron has his seat at the RNC convention the 3Rs"Responsible REAL Republican McCain/Palin08" ticket will trounce the DNC 3NOs "NOway NOhow NObama"

    September 2, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Debby

    Paul LOST plain and simple isn't that what Obama supporters said about Hillary to when she came up short of delegates.

    September 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Matthew

    Mike, I'm not a supporter of McCain either, but you are mistaken. Back when McCain was going to run a clean, positive campaign, the pastors and other religious "leaders" he denounced were infact agents of hate. Unfortunately, the MO of the far right is to be hateful against those who are different. McCain used to have enough morals to stand up against those types of people, whereas now he just panders to to their support. Deep down McCain is a good guy, this election has just turned him into just another typical right winger.

    September 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    DUH!!!!!!,If you are wondering if this man Ron Paul was going to get into the convention as a friend of a friend the main man grinning like the fat cat. Think again no pain no gain.

    September 2, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Wow, how mean?

    September 2, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. J from DC

    McCain has removed the diapers off the Republican Party, exposing their astronomical incompetency, not to mention their hypocrisy on conservative family values. 4 more years of this???

    September 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    "... speakers who will appear before Paul, who is scheduled to address the rally at 8:05 p.m. ET"; is tha t going to be TONIGHT?

    September 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Rob

    If I was a registered republican at the time I would have voted for Ron Paul. Instead I settled on Kucinich at the primary. Since then I have supported Bob Barr. I encourage all former Ron Paul supporters and people interested in less government interference, an end to the war in Iraq, a balanced budget and more liberty to do the same.

    Thank you.

    September 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Katran Miller

    This is the Republican that my true Republican Dad should be able to vote for. I may disagree with my Dad on what's best for our country, but I respect his opinion.

    In fact, I think it's a good thing when our country is engaged in a rational dialog between idealists and conservatives - the idealists to tackle current and future issues like civil rights and climate change which old-fashioned, set-in-their-ways conservatives aren't able to see on their radar, and the conservatives to keep the idealists from getting too far into the clouds.

    Since Bush came to power, the Republicans have STOPPED representing true American conservatism, which is bad for all of us. The core Republican values have been eclipsed by the evangelical right and neocons, and apparently, McCain's sold out to them in order to secure their votes.

    As a Democrat, I hope and pray that real Republicans listen to what Ron Paul has to say and spend the next few years taking their party back from the crazies and corporate panderers. We need you, conservatives. COME BACK!

    Although Ron Paul is missing the point on one thing: Obama has been pushing for troops in Afghanistan, not in Iraq, since the Iraq war first derailed the War on Terror. Ron Paul is failing to notice this distinction: Democrats are not anti-war; Liberals are anti-war. Democrats are CONSERVATIVE when it comes to war: yes, war, but only when the threat is proven and other avenues have been exhausted, because we don't like wasting American lives or resources. We support wars like WWII where there is a clear and present danger, and we support hunting Bin Ladin and his cronies down and infiltrating/destroying honest-to-gosh terrorist networks. Deposing Hussein because he MIGHT have had WMDs (and didn't) isn't enough of a reason to sacrifice thousands of American troops and billions of dollars, distracting us from the real culprits of 9/11.

    September 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. mike

    Well Ron Paul is a kook but he is better than obama.

    September 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Darryl Schmitz

    The only Republican I would have voted for.

    September 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. John in DC

    10,000 people is a lot. In fact, almost as many as are attending the Republican convention.

    Come on CNN. Where are the incessant questions about lack of party unity and whether rifts can be mended for the sake of making a good showing in the election?

    September 2, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Logic

    Ron Paul like Chuck Hagel has betrayed their own party. People are valued based on their integrity. They must be responsible for what they have committed. When Paul and Hagel joined Republican party, I am 100% sure they knew the rules, the platform and the agreements that they have to commit, just like other parties. The Clintons might somewhat have frictions with Democrat party, but yet they keep align with the party rules and platform. I much more respect people with high integrity like the Clintons than the traitors like Paul and Hagel.

    If then somewhat they don't agree anymore with the party's platform, they can move to other party but not stay with the party while bad mouthing it on public. If somewhat they have different opinion, they should do it in a closed door. It will be more respectable and gentle.

    September 2, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Haas

    Go Ron!! Too bad the Republican's didn't realize you were the best candidate to represent the party. I think if Bob Barr were your VP pick you'd take McCain to the mat.

    September 2, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Joy

    Ron's treated like the poor cousin who's an unwanted guest at his rich cousin's mansion party.

    September 2, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Texas Straight Talker

    I listened Ron Paul during the debates and I must say I was thoroughly impressed with him. He really should have been the nominee of the republican party. Shame on the republican party for how they are treating him!

    September 2, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Pat Riot

    Ron Paul is an American hero. His story is something to be admired. I knew he would like Gov. Palin. I hope she will have a great influence on the platform. Freedom is popular!

    September 2, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Only Ron Paul has my Vote

    RON PAUL you go you have y vote today tomorrow nd again in 4 years


    September 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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