Paul pulls in big cash
May 6th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Paul pulls in big cash

(CNN) – The Fox News Republican presidential debate may have drawn little national attention and few top tier candidates, but it has proved to be a fundraising boon for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

According to Paul’s campaign website, the likely presidential candidate who was extraordinarily successful in raising cash in 2008 is at it again – to the tune of more than $1 million in an online cash push dubbed a “money bomb.”

The online fundraising effort was launched ahead of Fox’s debate Thursday night with an ambitious goal for $2 million. The million-dollar threshold was crossed early Friday morning.

The impressive showing is a clear sign the unorthodox Texas Republican will once again be a force in the Republican presidential primary, though his appeal with voters beyond his intensely-loyal base remains unclear.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed Paul at 10 percent among Republicans nationally, tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and behind Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, and Mike Huckabee.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    That's my Ronny Pops. He's a nice likable fellow, which is most of his appeal. He has practical sounding ideas, but radical sounding solutions.

    May 6, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    But Paul will never be President, no matter how much money he pulls in.

    May 6, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Joe

    Anyone that is willing to get rid of the FED is good in are book. Go Ron Paul

    May 6, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. THERIGHTSCOOP

    Go Ron Paul. We need someone like you to get rid of the FED.

    May 6, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Dennis

    Ron Paul may not be the right candidate, but he definitely has the right ideas.

    May 6, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Ronny Pops is the guy that the GOTP should have picked in 2008. I like the good doctor as person, but I do not think he would make a good president. He has ideas that sound good on TV and easily are proven on paper, but just simply do not gibe with the economic reality of greed.

    He still believes in old-fashioned supply and demand. Actually, S&D has evolved. A new type of demand has arisen in the form of speculators who buy futures with no intention of ever taking possession of the products they buy. The buy it to simply drive up the price so that they can sell it at a higher price before they must fork out cash and actually buy the stuff they had promised to buy.

    May 6, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. FM

    What I heard from Ron Paul yesterday quite impressed me much. Though I will not vote for him anyhow, but I can give him my donation. If he continues to do as he did last night, he will end pulling supporters from the lady of Alaska!

    May 6, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. BigKen

    There's a reason the PEOPLE want Ron Paul and the "establishment" doesn't.

    "The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money, which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George III and the international bankers was the prime reason for the Revolutionary War." ~ Benjamin Franklin

    May 6, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    The debate may have drawn little attention, but it certainly stood out, for me at least, that The John Birch Society was a co-sponsor (of said debate). Maybe the Republicans should have stuck to their guns, like they did in the past, and keep the birchers out? Now I understand why the crazy has been ramping up on the right. Good grief.

    May 6, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Nothing new here

    Ron Paul is one of the last REAL Republicans in the arena.
    Even though he may adhere to what some consider "Libertarian ideals", these ideals are what use to be the basis of the old Barry Goldwater platform.
    Limited government, less intrusive government, more personal freedoms, less taxes, strong economy, and fiscal responsibility is what matters.
    Not all this right-wing extremism and birther nonsense.

    May 6, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. rolltide

    Looks like it'll be Paul vs. Romney down the stretch in the GOP primary (reminiscent of the 50s,60s and 70s battles w/n the GOP). The other guys are too busy making $$$$$.

    May 6, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. rolltide

    I take that back--it'll be Mitch Daniels vs. Ron Paul.

    May 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. atum66

    The Constitution is all a poor man has in this country, I am 45 years old and I am frightened by our Government, I feel safe knowing that Ron Paul is a man of the Cloth, speaking of the Constitution

    May 6, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Sr999

    The protector of liberty!

    Ron Paul 2012

    May 6, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Sorry, Ron Paul supporters. Herman Cain made him and the others look like rank amateurs last night. Herman Cain is the MAN!

    May 6, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Rick

    Ron Paul is not only the enemy of democrats he's also the enemy of corporate scum republicans.

    When will the people realize that we will never get the government we want. The system is full of gatekeepers to make sure that we vote for whomever the ultra-wealthy want.

    May 6, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. WEBSTER HALL NYC

    Clearly, Americans have their backs to the wall. Now is the time for a candidate like Ron Paul to shine, by reducing the size of government, cutting unnecessary pork barrel spending, pulling us out of unwarranted global militarism, and best of all, last but not least, putting us back on a precious metal standard and ending fiat currency by ENDING THE FED !!!

    May 6, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. RG

    Many independents would back Ron Paul, it's his own Republican Party that is holding him down.

    May 6, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. sue

    Just like Ross Perot....he had some good Ideas and lots of money but he didn't have the solutions to put his ideas into action....this man may have some good Ideas too, but the more radical the canidate is the less he is going to be able to get the votes he needs......we need good ideas, solutions and people that are able to connect with reality.....not radical solutions...that why Palin, Trump, Gingrich, Bachmann, and others will not get elected, they are to radical.......

    May 6, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Joe Frascone

    Americans have their backs to the wall, we need a change from the atypical paradigm that has besieged Washington since the inception of The Federal Reserve System, in 1913. Clearly, Ron Paul will be the Next President.
    Simply and honestly,
    all he is asking for is prudent clarity and focus in your logic by, reducing the size of over bloated government, pork barrel lobbying politics, our global military presence (and the exorbitant billions of spending that go with it), more States rights, the return of the gold and silver backed dollar, and the elimination of worthless printing of the present inflated fiat Federal Reserve Currency. and last but not least, by ending the illegal presence of the neither Federal , which there are no reserves,because they print currency out of thin air then bill the taxpayer for it, to END THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK !!!

    May 6, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    I don't agree 100% with Ron Paul, but he is right on the mark about most of his solutions. Unless the GOP nominee is a far out there radical, he (or she) will get my vote in 2012. We can not withstand 4 more years of the present administration. Like Jimmy Carter's era, it took awhile to realize what they really had in mind and stood for. The nation can't survive in the present direction.

    May 6, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Cal

    His appeal with voters beyond his intensely loyal base is very clear - in the latest CNN poll, he outperformed all the supposed Republican front-runners in hypothetical head-to-head matchups with Obama! And the poll numbers you quote are misleading - Ron Paul polled at 10 percent, but no one else was over 16 percent, and the margin of error was 5 percent.

    Republicans need to wake up and realize that Ron Paul is the most electable candidate they have, because he appeals to independents and young voters.

    May 6, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Look – Unfortunately (and I TRULY mean unfortunately), the Federal Reserve is simply not going away. Much to our own demise. It's just NOT going away.

    That makes Ron Paul a 1-trick pony who forgot his only trick.

    Ron Paul supporters, rally behing the man who can – Herman Cain.

    May 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    I am all for smaller government, just like I am all for lower taxes. But each has a lower limit breaking point, which when exceeded, where things begin to break because it can no longer sustain itself properly. We have lowered taxes to the point where governement can no longer sustain itself. The government needs more revenue than what lower unemployment and new jobs can provide.

    We need less government spending and to roll back the explosion in the size of government we saw during the Bush years. The cutting back will not come quickly because of the momentum behind it. Hacking of pieces will mean other pieces will become disfunctional. Finally, we need to bear in mind that we cannot trim too much. There is a point known where government becomes too small. Look around the world at the smallest governments and they nature of the societies they rule. Those societies are poor and oppressed by their own governments, which serve only to concentrate the wealth in those societies.

    May 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. MICK

    ron paul will never be president. he keep telling the senior citizens that his administration would kill social security and medicare.

    ron paul forget that the senior citizens always turn out on election day.

    WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A FREE RIDE WE JUST WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISES THEY
    MADE TO US.

    May 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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