September 9th, 2008
06:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Ron Paul to announce presidential endorsement plans

Ron Paul is urging his supporters to pick a third party candidate.
Ron Paul is urging his supporters to pick a third party candidate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will call on supporters to back a third party candidate for president Wednesday, rejecting his own party’s nominee and offering equally harsh words for the Democratic candidate.

Paul, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination, will tell supporters he is not endorsing GOP nominee John McCain or Democratic nominee Barack Obama, and will instead give his seal of approval to four candidates: Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, independent candidate Ralph Nader, and Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, according to a senior Paul aide.

The announcement will take place in the morning at the National Press Club in the nation’s capital.

While Paul failed in his bid for the Republican nomination, he found a large, diverse audience for his anti-war and anti-tax messages. The Texas congressman’s campaign was fueled by a successful on-line grassroots fundraising operation. Throughout the campaign, Paul supporters called on others to join the “Ron Paul Revolution.”

Paul will offer this open endorsement to the four candidates because each has signed onto a policy statement that calls for “balancing budgets, bring troops home, personal liberties and investigating the Federal Reserve,” the Paul aide said.


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. redneck for obama

    if he would run independent i may have supported him. at least he would remove troops from iraq.

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. mark from england

    if john mccain is president it is going to be the begining of world war 3. America be ready for a blood bath. maccain is iddicted to war. Russia wiil not hesitate strike america

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Republican Woman Voting for Obama/Biden

    Ugh...nobody called her a pig! Although I would call her a b**ch! she called herself a dog (i.e. pitbull w/lipstick) so she is open to criticism! She is not a pretty little princess child, she is running for VP and could be a heartbeat away from the presidency! She can take a punch get over it!

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Dayahka

    Good for Paul! However, he should be acutely aware that the godless communists in the White House who have engineered the greatest communist takeover in history–making Lenin, Stalin, and a lot of other people totally belittled–cannot allow anti-communists to succeed and so will do everything in their power to make sure one of the big boys wins, probably the most pliable, which would be McPalin.

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Dhansen

    Joe Biden is an idiot! What a slime ball comment directed at Palin and her down syndome child. Democrats are heartless scum and never never never change year in and year out. Biden is a typical career liberal senator that will stoop to ANY level to try and garner a vote. Message to the dem's and their worthless party – this comment from ole "foot in his mouth" Biden will come back to bite you low life's big time!!

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. mmd

    Sorry, I forget, what's the name of the ship that brought paul from planet mars. I wonder if remember that palin and mccain swooped down with him.

    September 9, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Logically.....he should have thrown his support behind Liberterian candidate Bob Barr, a former peer and Republican congressman.....but like many of Mr. Paul's supporters logic doesn't seem to enter into the equation......

    The attacks of 9/11 were perpetrated by members of al-queda and masterminded by Khalid Shiek Mohammed...........It was not an "INSIDE JOB".

    September 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Lin

    Too little too late, most people have made up their minds to vote for a McCain /Palin ticket and Bob Barr will not make a significant`change in the race. Mabe they'll have a better chance in 4.

    September 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Dion in Montgomery

    Dr. Ron Paul! What more can I say? Everyone is entitled to their own.... you know what.

    September 9, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Kathy

    What an idiot! Who wants or needs his endorsement.?? Maybe the one or two people who would have voted for him.

    September 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. the other jd

    Endorse Barr, please! (I am so hoping he will swing GA away from McCain to Obama!)

    September 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. TF

    Heck Yeah!! Thanks Ron for the 2008 Nader effect along with that Bar guy.

    September 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. jamie

    NO CHANGE=OBAMA, he is staying with the same old Washington politics, Biden??? He was elected to the senate when Osama was just 8 years old! And this is change? Thank god McCain called on a real reformer to be V.P. VOTE FOR TRUE CHANGE...VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN 2008/2012!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Christopher

    Pity, this guy was talking about closing the border, reducing direct taxation of income...

    Basically all of the things most Americans have been asking out of their Government but not receiving.

    Either Obama or McCain means another flood of illegal immigration by 2016.

    Roundabout 90% of Americans want this border problem solved, yet they choose two candidates who continue exactly what we have. There's some sort of cognitive dissonance going on.

    September 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. L Sylv

    Interesting about Ron Paul...

    As a devout Christian voter tired of the extreme Christian right pretending to speak for me, I am extremely disturbed by McCain/Palin (or should I say McCain/Ann Coulter). The extremely conservative views of Ms. Palin will not serve our country well (including teaching religion in public schools via intelligent design for God's sake?! C'mon who's going to teach what the curriculum, Rev. Phelps?!). Also, the fact that the extreme right is ecstatic at Palin suggests to me that the economy is going to be put on the back seat in favor or the latest social issue that social conservatives believe in.

    It is time to heal this world, to help those in need, and narrow the gap between rich and poor. It is time to wake up and accept that we need to work together once and for all. While I do not think abortion is right, I also do not think that that is the worst problem plaguing our country. I think helping the poor (instead of more tax breaks for the rich), not risking the retirement of our seniors by privatizing social security, helping the environment, and ensuring we have insurance for all is extremely important. This is the true embodiment of Christian love.

    God forbid something happens to McCain and she's our president?! She's so polarizing! I think Ms. Palin’s views on intelligent design, praying the gay away, funding of private Christian schools over public schools, and the like to see how she is very similar to Ann Coulter ideologically. McCain clearly showed poor decision-making in picking her–being pressured by the extreme right-wing. What we end up with is worse than even Bush/Cheney–we end up with a McCain/Coulter!

    September 9, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Debby

    Obama Truth Squad, because he was campaigning in 2007 thats why. What about the rest of the years check your facts now.

    September 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Hollywood Dude

    He's a pathetic, ailing, wimp of a man. He's knows nothing of honor...he's a backstabbing loon.

    September 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. SteveJJ

    This is a guy who believes in UFO's and wanted to dismantle the ATF. Anyone who votes for Ron Paul or one of his endorsements is not making a difference in this country.

    September 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. John

    Why do people who are voting for Obama think he is going to bring about change? Above, Tony said that he wants to balance budgets, bring the troops home, restore personal liberty, and all kinds of other untrue crap. I am a huge Ron Paul advocate, and don't get me wrong, I despise McCain as well. However, John McCain supporters don't go around saying that he is going to bring about change, because he wont; Just like Barack Obama isn't going to bring about change. How could Barack Obama be a supporter of liberty if he promotes and income tax? And not just an income tax, a higher tax for those who make large amounts of money? How can you support liberty if you do not respect the most basic liberty, which is your RIGHT TO LIFE. IMO, if you arent man enough to say when a baby gets its liberties, like he wasn't in the Saddleback interview, then you have no business in the White House. How does life not begin at conception Mr. Barack Obama, our dear supporter of Life & Liberty? For if conception did not happen, the life would not have existed at all. THEREFORE, life starts at CONCEPTION and babies gets rights at conception. Oh and by the way, if you call bring the troops home transferring them to Pakistan and Afghanistan, then by all means, vote for Barack Obama. The magical change candidate.

    Get real CNN junkies, and stop insulting the only real advocate of balanced budgets, liberty, and bringing the troops home.

    Go Ron!

    September 9, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. luis suarez

    let me start off by saying that i am supporting obama and i really like what he has to say and the way that he says it but there is one thing that i would like to suggest to him to stop saying because it only displays how he and his opponent are both out of touch with the regular joe citizen. i would like for both of them to stop talking to the american public about earmarks and pork barreler or pork barrel spending and lobbyyists and all of these terms that i am sure that they know that more than half of the population has no idea of what they are talking about. i would advise Obama to use specifics when talking about how governor palin hired a lobbyist so that she could recieve earmarks for her state. what i mean is explain to the american public what is an earmark and give us an example of how she benefited from these earmarks. the same with pork barrel spending and also with what exactly is the function of a lobbyist. I will bet you 1,000 dollars that if you ask 100 regular people in any city and state what is the function of a lobbyist or what is an earmark or give an examlple of what pork barrel spending is 99% of these people would not be able to answer any of these questions. the only conclusion i could come to, to why they (politicians) never explain to the general public what all these things are is that they want to keep the american public in the dark and want to keep things as is in order to keep up with the corruption.

    September 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. abi.linky

    McCain a last minute gambler.

    September 9, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. texas democrat

    If I felt that a third party system would work I would go for it. But this year I cannot with any faith in my heart waste my vote. I have to vote for a change not only for myself, the country, the men and women who are serving to protect our country, but also for the future of our children and grandchildren. I have had enough of politic as usual. It's time for a change and if it doesn't work we can try again in four years. Obama/Biden this time around.

    September 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Skeetz

    I generally agreed with everything Ron Paul expressed, couple of things I didnt agree with but one thing I found totally unfathomable is that the Republican party effectly ended coverage of Ron Paul's bid for the Republican party by shutting him out through the use of the media. I find it equally disturbing that the McCain machine will say or do anything to get elected, even to go so far as to select a Barbie doll that is not qualified to be a VP, once her 15 minutes of fame are over, America will see through her and are going to have a really hard time selecting McCain, really comes down to, when McCain wants Palin's opinion, he'll give it to her so that she can read it from a teleprompter.

    September 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Obama 08 would be great

    Well, I would'nt expect for him to vote for Obama (him being a repub and all) but I find it interesting that he's not endorsing McCain, maybe some reublicans arent as insane as most

    September 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Sean

    I find it so entertaining to read some of these comments. The idea that Paul would endorse Obama? Hahahahahahaha. The only thing that will change with Obama in office is the name on the white house stationary and the color of the presidents skin. Ya, Paul will endorse a CFR candidate that represents everything wrong with the establishment. And then those that joke about Paul... Do they also joke about Thompson and Giuliani? Or how about Romney, who unlike Paul couldn't continue to fund his campaign? And lets not forget that Paul, month after month, raised more money from our active duty troops- you know, the ones the establishment candidates use for their own benefit- than any of the other candidates. So do you people mock the values of our troops that defend us after mocking Paul? Really.

    September 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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