October 27th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Ron Paul to visit South Carolina

Texas Rep. Ron Paul will return to the early primary state next month.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul will return to the early primary state next month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Will Ron Paul give it another go in 2012?

The Texas congressman and hero of limited government advocates will visit the key early primary state of South Carolina on Nov. 9 to deliver a speech "on the future of individual liberty and the importance of the U.S. Constitution" at the University of South Carolina, student groups said Tuesday. The announcement comes a week after Paul scheduled a visit to Iowa on Nov. 13 to speak to students at Iowa State University.

The onetime Republican presidential hopeful finished in fifth place in last year's South Carolina primary, behind Mitt Romney but ahead of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Other potential 2012 candidates - including Mike Pence, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee - have already visited South Carolina this year or have made plans to do so.

Paul's appearance was organized by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the Carolina Debate Union and Young Americans for Liberty, a student group of Paul supporters.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG – Everyone wants to jump on the LIMITED GOV'T train because they think it is HOT for the moment!!! About time 2012 come, President Obama would have already taken care of all of his promises and the economy would be great and unemployed would have dropped.... Then what would be the REPUBLI-CAN'T's argument?????

    October 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    I hope Paul runs again. He adds a lot to the public debate. I don't agree with him on everything, but on fisical policy, the Fed, the dollar, he makes a lot of sense. The kind of sense that I have never heard a liberal progressive or a Democrat make on monitary policy. Hopefully the dollar will still be worth something and the US won't be banrupt by 2012. Obama is heading full steam ahead in that direction.

    October 27, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Objective Thinking

    That name tag should say Dr. Paul, not Mr. Paul.

    October 27, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. shmeckel

    I don't know too much about him but he made a lot of since last year. More republicans like him and more democrats that regulate instead of control is what will get this country back on track.

    October 27, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Cynthia Kennedy

    Ron Paul is welcome all over the country. He is the only one who has the knowledge to clean up Washington. Millions of us hope he will run again!

    October 27, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    Ron Paul will never, ever make it with the Christian Coalition crowd, and in a state like South Carolina, the GOP primary IS the Christian Coalition.

    They may like his small government, lower taxes message, but until he gets on the bandwagon on social issues, he isn't "one of them."

    October 27, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Susan

    He could do well in South Carolina - scary, huh?

    October 27, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    Don't limit yourself to the south this time,,,,come up North as well!

    October 27, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. Ron Paul 2012

    "Paul's appearance was organized by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the Carolina Debate Union and Young Americans for Liberty, a student group of Paul supporters."

    It is great that grassroots organizations have invited Dr. Paul to South Carolina. I will vote for Ron Paul for President in 2012.

    October 27, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Obama fails= Americans win

    Take notes Dems, this is how you run a government

    October 27, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. Ron Torres

    Paul in 2012?

    I am happy to see more and more pay attention to this true patriot and what he stands for: a return to the guiding principles of the founding fathers and the Constitution. Its time to take the GOP back to its libertarian roots of limited government, low taxes and, most important, freedom and liberty.

    Paul 2012

    October 27, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Nick

    We desperately need Ron Paul or a Ron Paul type truth teller like Gary Johnson(GOP) or Jesse Ventura(IND) to run in 2012 and save this country from its political class.

    October 27, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Darryl Schmitz

    It is gratifying to see this honest statesman beginning to receive vindication and validation for his years of allegiance to our Constitution, even in the disturbing, Constitution-mocking environment of Washington DC. Even if he chooses to back another constitutionalist candidate to carry the torch forward, such a decision will carry a lot of weight among traditional, libertarian conservatives. Andrew Napolitano has been an amazing supporter and an unfailing adherent to the Constitution. Perhaps he will now consider a venture into national politics.

    October 27, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Paul

    Limited government, no undeclared wars, no bailouts, no patriot act and following the U.S. Constitution...What a concept!

    October 27, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. JerseyMike

    i would absolutely vote for Ron Paul in 2012 over any candidate, Democrat or Republican. Personally, he's the perfect independent Candidate that could win widespread support from both political sides.

    October 27, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Geez, is there anything in the Constitution about traveling to South Carolina? For that matter, anything about breathing?

    The problem with Ron Paul and the fundamentalists on the Constitution is that they ignore how the Fathers used it. Jefferson threw aside his views of limited government when he had the opportunity to double the size of teh country. Can Ron Paul really have run for President, since he clearly belongs to a region that was annexed illegally by the United States? Is there any real provision in the Constitution for getting new states: does that mean Vermont is still part of New Hampshire?

    Paul and his followers are intellectually and morally lazy. its amazing to me the man ever got through medical school.

    October 27, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. SomeDude

    Rethuglicans are not smart enough to vote for a REAL republican. They just vote whoever fix news tells them to vote for. No independent thinkers left in the rethuglican party.

    As a democrat, I like Ron Paul, I dont agree with him 100% of the time but most of the time he makes a lot of sense. Too bad rethuglicans are too blind to see the facts.

    October 27, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Will Ron Paul give it another go in 2012?

    why not, but I am for Obama

    even though... I think you are a very good man and have great ideas

    October 27, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Steve

    I think that's great...Iowa and now South Carolina. The University students need to get their dose of individual liberty because they are rarely going to get it from other sources these days. And you certainly don't want them getting this from the RNC or other RINO organizations. They need to get it from the only true conservative in Congress and that would be Ron Paul. In terms of 2012, hmm, I doubt it. I think Ron is going to stick to being the messenger!

    October 27, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. garrett

    I used to think that Ron Paul was kind of a kook but then realized that his fiscal conservative approach is exactly what this country needs.

    October 27, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Ted Tartaglia

    South Carolina seems to attract more than its share of whackos. It must be something in the tobacco.

    October 27, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. The people of the United States have spoken

    Ron Paul for President 2012!!!! Why would anyone want to vote for anyone else? Seriously.

    October 27, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul doesn't seem to understand that part of the constitution that allows Congress to make laws. This was something that was clear when he was interviewed by the late Tim Russert. It was clear to me that he hadn't done his homework. This leaves me with some concern over what he would do if he had greater power.

    October 27, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Matt

    It's great to see Dr. Paul spreading the message of liberty. It'd also be amazing if he did run in 2012. He represents true change from the statism and interventionalist foreign policy that this country has been a part of for decades now.

    Ron Paul 2012
    Join the R3VOLution

    October 27, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Gary from Madison, WI

    I'm not fond of Republicans, but I'd vote for this guy.

    October 27, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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