Paul's whistle stop tour of South Carolina
January 20th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul's whistle stop tour of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - At the second stop on what his campaign is calling a "Whistle Stop" tour of South Carolina, Ron Paul addressed a crowd of 50 or so supporters in a vast airport hangar here at the Charleston Air Force Base.

Telling the friendly crowd that his campaign is doing something "a lot different than what the other candidates are doing" by focusing on a strict interpretation of the constitution, Paul said his message is really starting to resonate.

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"A lot of people do identify me with another generation, the younger generation who's so enthusiastic about the things that we've been talking about in going back to the constitution," Paul said. "So this to me is very encouraging because the growth of the freedom movement is getting to be exponential. It was very, very slow for a long time."

One notable member of that younger generation came up to express his support for Paul after the event. Landon Sanford, the son of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, stopped Paul as he was shaking hands on his way out to pass along a message from his father.

"Just wanted to let you know my dad fully supports you," the younger Sanford said of his father, who served alongside Paul as a congressman from the Charleston area in the late 1990's. "He can't really say it because of Fox, and he wanted me to tell you he enjoyed working with you very much."

(Sanford is a paid commentator for Fox News.)

Having served in Congress since the 1970's, Paul said he feels like the constitution is something that isn't taken too seriously in Washington, but he didn't place the blame entirely on his Congressional colleagues.

"In Washington there's very little concern about following strictly the constitution," Paul said. "Some of it is carelessness, some of them don't like the constitution's restraints, but a lot of it is a consequence of educational system over many, many decades, because too often our young people have been taught that our constitution is something that should not be overly rigid. Well why shouldn't it be overly rigid? What good is a law if it's not rigid?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Bill, NY

    I'm surprised that Paul is not as popular as he should be in the south. After all, he is the perfect Jim Crow candidate.

    January 20, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I like 80% of what Paul says. The other 20% concerns me. I can reluctantly buy into the legalize pot thing because at this point, it is the equivalent of alcohol prohibition in the 30's. It is too wide spread and it appears the people have already voted via their usage. Legalize it, regulate it, tax it, just like alcohol. Hard rugs? No way. Keep them illegal.

    The real problem comes in the foreign policy arena. While I like some of his stands, I don't like the feeling I'm left with that the USA would not continue in a role of the worlds only super power. I think our enemies would be able to mould our foreign policy but statements and attacks and Paul would withdraw, eventually back to our own shorelines.

    But given a choice of Paul or Obama, the choice would definitely be Paul. I have already seen the future Obama has in store for us on the streets of Greece. I don't want to go there.

    January 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    Here in SC we don't really care about politicians who endorse other politicians. We don't care that Governor McDonnell of Virgina supports Mitt Romney. In fact, a new poll this week shows that our own governor's endorsement of Romney made it LESS LIKELY that voters would support him.

    January 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. He had a thousand plus yesterday,

    And Bill NY, Ron Paul is and always has been against Jim Crow. Was that sort of 'drive by ad hominim?'

    January 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Paul said. "Some of it is carelessness, some of them don't like the constitution's restraints, but a lot of it is a consequence of educational system over many, many decades, because too often our young people have been taught that our constitution is something that should not be overly rigid.
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    Are not most of the textbooks that are used in public elementary schools written and published in Texas? Yes. So, if the young people of this country are being taught the wrong lessons, who or what is to blame?

    January 20, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Eddie Brock

    Bill from NY, another uninformed NYer. Ron Paul is against government enforced segregation, as well as government enforced integration. He is against Jim Crow. Of course, an uninformed NYer wouldnt bother doing the research or looking up facts. I'm ashamed we're from the same state.

    January 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    He had a thousand plus yesterday,

    And Bill NY, Ron Paul is and always has been against Jim Crow. Was that sort of 'drive by ad hominim?'
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    Prove it. Prove that Paul doesn't support Jim Crow. HIs entire state's rights argument the biggest strike against him.

    There's more proof that Paul is in support of Jim Crow than against. Proponents of those made the same arguments against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Ron Paul. In fact, back in 2008, Ron Paul was the keynote speaker at the 50th anniversay dinner of the John Birch Society. Today, in 2012, Ron Paul is recieving the endorsements of that group and many others like it that fought supported Jim Crow laws, and fought against the Civil Rights Act.

    January 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Aaron

    Switching my vote from Newt to Ron Paul. Newt is un electable against Obama. Only Ron Paul can pull the Dem AND Ind vote that will be required to beat Obama. LOOK AT THE National POLLS!

    January 20, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Gurgi

    @Truth, ditto.

    January 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. anonymous

    Well, that gets my vote for dumbest comment of the day.

    No one supports the rights of the individual (including minorities) more than Ron Paul. It's funny that dumb stuff like Jim Crow laws come up, when Ron Paul is speaking out about issues that actually affect minorities TODAY. Like unequal enforcement of laws, the worthless war on drugs that disproportionately affects minorities, and abuse of authority by the government police state.

    Yet, here we are talking about Jim Crow laws. Are we seriously concerned that Ron Paul would return us to Jim Crow laws? Or is this just BS demagoguing? It's obviously the latter.

    January 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Dwayne, NC

    Bill, you obviously have difficulty understanding the role of the Federal Govt. Read one of Dr. Paul's actual books and get back to me without your race-card rhetoric. He's for individual liberty–not mandated inclusion. For 30 years, he has consistently upheld the rights of private property owners...minorities and majorities alike. That SHOULD appeal to people in the South. I blame the media washout (partially) for keeping his popularity limited, as the warmongers and big spenders march forward with an anti-constitutional machine behind them. You can't depend on internet blogs and tv personalities to shape your vote. More and more people are figuring that out. Ron Paul 2012!

    January 20, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. DSBsky

    Ron Paul is plenty popular. It's just that CNN, Fox and all the media companies are owned by republican jerkoffs who are hiding the real poll numbers and keeping Ron Pauls name as hidden as possible. I say it's time to fil an Anti-trust law suit against the media. CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, etc etc. All owned by the same people and they are trying to controll what we see, instead of doing what they are ethically obligated and moreally responsible to do. "Report the REAL news, TRUE and UNBIASED" . Instead they lie and hide the truth, hoping to snuff out Ron Paul. Ron Paul 2012 people!

    AND Anti trust law suit against the media!! It needs to happen. They are just as crooked as the rest of the system. Believe it.

    January 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Matt

    I honestly believe CNN would rather see Newt as president (even after he blasts them on national television) than Ron Paul – who is the only REAL candidate with REAL solutions to fix our country, no matter how painful those solutions are, they will be forced upon us eventually if we continue electing Washington insiders or members of the super rich 1% who continually sacrifice the well being of the average American in order to line their pockets. CNN (and most media) won't give Paul the time of day because he threatens their relationship with big government, and ultimately their political power, influence, and $$$$$$$. I used to be a liberal, but Ron Paul hit's the nail on the head. You would think the liberal minded individuals would get behind Paul and actually mention him? Even the poll on your home page shows he has the most support? What is wrong with you CNN??? Don't make me start watching FOX News!

    January 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Ron Paulbots get to watch Lizard in his second flavor of the week run. Nobody cares about Ron Paul again this year.

    January 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Ron Paul MUST NOT WIN if this country wants to continue to go forward. Please don't let this man anywhere near the White House. He is much too dangerous for (this) country.

    January 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Gurgi

    I think almost anyone would be a better president that the current occupier of the white house. But, good for Obama in saying he would veto the SOPA and PIPA if they came across his desk. One of the few times I think he did the right thing and I agree with him. Ok Rudy, don't have a cow.

    January 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. romney...UPS HIS ATTACKS...!

    R.OMNEY THINKS BY PUTTING OTHERS DOWN HE WILL RAISE HIMSELF up>up>up.....wrong Release your tax-retuns and be candid with the People....lets see them,...your tax returns before and not after the vote....!

    January 20, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Cam

    Civil liberties; that's why I support Ron Paul. We are slowly losing are civil liberties and the Republican Party and the Democratic party for the most part do not care about freedom for the average Americans. Take NDAA for example; Obama signed it into law on New Years eve and Mitt Romney supports it. For those who don't what NDAA is....NDAA stands for National Defense Authorization Act and it includes indefinite detention for American citizens without a trial.

    January 20, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. promisberg

    May I suggest that it is time for Paul supporters to boycott certain advertisers of the MSM. The pocketbook is what they respond to! We have a big enough committed number of INDIVIDUALS to cause some hurt which is well deserved.

    Peace Out

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 20, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    promisberg wrote:

    May I suggest that it is time for Paul supporters to boycott certain advertisers of the MSM. The pocketbook is what they respond to!
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    Bingo! You have figured it out. You understand the free market system, which Paul advocates. I find it amusingly ironic that it is working against the wishes of so many Paul supporters. Most of them do not demonstrate your insight.

    January 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. 19321964

    Ron Paul has my vote. Negative comments abound concerning his foreign policy. Those types need to research our past conflicts and find the root cuases that instigated our military involvement. You'll be surprised! I suggest reading MGen Smedley Butler's book "War Is a Racket". Our military bleeds so other can obscenely profit. If you've been there then you know what I'm talking about. S/F

    January 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Will the Paul Supporters start putting up posters of the Dear Leader on billboards?

    January 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    Bill, NY – you are so right.

    January 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. JA

    LOL at Woman from California comment:
    Dont vote Ron Paul if you want the country to move forward????
    What part of the country is moving forward? LOL.

    State what it is you are afraid of and quit being so ignorant

    January 20, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    Yet, here we are talking about Jim Crow laws. Are we seriously concerned that Ron Paul would return us to Jim Crow laws? Or is this just BS demagoguing? It's obviously the latter.

    Yes, RP would TRY to do JUST THAT. In his own behind the scenes way – he stokes and plays with the flames of bigotry that go unmentioned just because the media is so focused on the other candidates. This country CAN do better than Ron Paul and have EVERY hope we WILL.

    January 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |