Ron Paul's big cash goal
June 5th, 2011
04:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Ron Paul's big cash goal

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is using his "money bomb" campaign tactic Sunday, aimed at raising $2 million in one day.

The technique helped him raise millions during the last presidential election and he made a similar push in May. This round is billed as "The Revolution vs. Romneycare," criticizing the health care law Romney signed while governor of Massachusetts that bears resemblance to the national law.

"The truth is, our supporters have shocked the political establishment before! And honestly, we don't need 10 million dollars to match Mitt Romney," a letter to supporters read, referencing Romney's one-day fund-raising total last month. "After all, Congressman Paul doesn't have to defend a liberal record as governor of Massachusetts!"

Supporters may contribute up to $2,500 through his website, where a large graphic tracks the donations in real time.

During an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Paul, an avid defender of fiscal conservatism, said he is optimistic about his chances in 2012 because of the country's direction.

"You know, they mocked me for my foreign policy and they laughed at my monetary policy," Paul said referencing his 2008 White House bid. "No more. No more. The people are coming over here. So, I would say whatever happens is going to be good because the people have woke up."

The 11-term congressman said the current GOP presidential contenders are changing their positions based on political pressure, something to which he is immune.

"They're going to modify their position but they represent the status quo and this is what excites so many people now," Paul told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "They're sick of the status quo."

- On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. FM

    Ron Paul tells the truth, he is likable, he will collect donations as much as he could. But what all these will take him to??? if not only making people feel good hearing him talk, like a person who is expert in playing guitar!

    June 5, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. maxdenn

    I'm not sure who's worse. Ron or his son. I'm leaning toward choosing Rand though.

    June 5, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Chris

    $100 dollars from me towards "restoring America!"

    Its time to end the neocon rule of the republican party and give the country a real choice this election!

    June 5, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. ggibson

    Brian... Turn out? It turned out alot of Democrats and NeoCon republicans onto their rear.... more to come. If the Liberals want the Tea Party to look more like them ... then join up you cant have an influence if you just sit there making partisan cheap shots like always.

    June 5, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Four And The Door
    Ron Paul is terrible.
    June 5, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
    I'm flattered. Someone else started using my handle. But I do not totally disagree with what they posted. Ron Paul fails to convince me on many of his points. I believe he is unreasonable.

    June 5, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Sam Bryan

    I gave 50. Maybe I'll give some more tonight, too

    June 5, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Darryl Schmitz

    Four And The Door: "Ron Paul is terrible."

    If this is all the deeper most voters are able to think, we are all screwed.

    June 5, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Ron is the Ralph Nader of the Repblican Party. He has some good intentions but his plans would all result in economic disaster. Simple solutions don't actually work in a complex global economy. They make good sound bites, the type Sarah Palin uses to charm the uneducated masses. Survival in today's world requires a forward-thinking, progressive, and dynamic individual – like President Obama. Ron would have been great in 1960.

    June 5, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. maxdenn

    There is no shortage of unbright Republicans running for prez this year.

    June 5, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Donna

    Ron is a loser and always will be. This country is for ALL of us. Libertarianism does not promote equality. We will continue to move forward not backward as Ron and his cohorts belief.

    June 5, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Marine4RonPaul

    Thanks for all your hard work Ron Paul! I'm behind you 100%, I just donated $50!

    June 5, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Jana

    I Love America and I want to get my country back . vote for FREEDOM Ron paul . 2012

    June 5, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. logic in LA

    The man that wants reform continues to ask for money to hunt of a new job from Americans. He will take public funds if nominated and continues to use all of the perks given Congress members.
    Why does he claim to be any different than any of the rest of the politicians out there? At least he comes across more honest than his son.

    June 5, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Are you kidding me ?

    Ron Paul is just as wacky as ever , there is a reason he never made it out of the primaries in two previous tries ! Anybody who would take this guy seriously need's their head examined ! Some of you idiot's can throw your money down that hole but don't be upset when he starts saying wacky stuff in the debate's and he is exposed for the being senile old fool that he is !

    June 5, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Legalize_Liberty

    Note how Ron Paul's detractors have no valid criticisms. The most they can do it try to tar him with toxic words that just won't stick. Dr. Paul is the most honest politician in Washington. We don't deserve to have him as our President, but we NEED him.

    June 5, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Wow! Ron Paul is the only candidate in either of the two parties who wants to end all of these silly and costly foreign wars now! I have also been a lifelong Democrat, but I also cannot support Obama this time. GO Ron Paul 2012! I just donated $200 to Ron Paul's 2012 website.

    June 5, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Ron Ron

    @Matt – Unfortunately Obama was more than in a hurry to sign the extension of the Big Brother Act.

    Ron Paul all the way. I may not agree on everything he says, but I do overall think that he's hands down way better than all the others.

    June 5, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Bootsy

    The Ron Paul Wing of the Republican Party, that is the Jeffersonian-Constitutional Wing of the Republican Party, is where the Republican Party SHOULD be!

    June 5, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Maltheus

    $2 million was never a stated goal. That's just how high the ticker goes. Most supporters will consider this a success when he hits $1 million. And that's $1 million from grassroots supporters, unlike the money raised by certain other contenders.

    June 5, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. LiberTea

    12on Paul will out raise Obama guaranteed ! Bank on it !

    June 5, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Squigman

    Sending money to any politician, or either party is the perfect example of needless spending. If you, or your bank account are operating on fumes, you'd be better advised to use the money for something tangable.

    June 5, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. April

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that appeals to folks on both sides of the political aisle. Think about it – liberty unites and party politics divides. Party politics is all about power and the only way to gain power is to stomp on liberty. Think about this as well – I bet there isn't a man or woman in Washington politics that can truthfully come up with anything negative regarding Paul's integrity, his character and his sincerity. Can that be said for ANYONE ELSE IN WASHINGTON? His honesty is a breath of fresh air in a highly poluted and vile political arena.

    June 5, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. eric

    Win or lose the election, the message of freedom and sound money, the message of peace....they all win because they have a spokesman who actually votes in their favor! A man with integrity who ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS where the real problems lie, who the men behind the curtain are....a man undaunted in his pursuit to call them out and inform the people of their treason! And anyone who doesnt see this, simply doesn't understand the system or how it works. So, if you are calling Ron Paul spend too much time letting people tell you what to think rather than determining your own conclusion by doing this little thing called WORK and researching.

    June 5, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Fox Mulder

    Imagine Ron Paul debating Palin on ANYTHING? The debates are going to be hilariously embarrassing for her. RON PAUL 2012 is the ONLY choice if America is to remain America.

    June 5, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  25. concerned liberal

    Obama said "Change" but ended up the supporting the Same. It would be nice to see someone that might actually mean it.
    Obama's support of more military, Patriot Act, rich tax breaks, all put me off him next time around.

    June 5, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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