March 1st, 2012
10:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul: I can take young people away from Obama

(CNN) – Touting his large following of young supporters, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul on Thursday said he's the most likely GOP candidate to make a dent in a key voting bloc for President Barack Obama.

"I'm the one person that can take young people away from Obama," Paul said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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  1. Voice1

    I used respect Ron Paul; but off late I have a diminishing view of the guy. I heard the other day questioning Fed Chairman, and he came across as highly uninformed. All this while, I used to think, this guy knew how the fiscal and monetary systems worked; but from his statement and questions, it was quite clear he did not. The Fed Chairman was kind to him by suggesting that he discuss Pauls' point offline to avoid the embarassment to the Congressman. I think it is about time he quite the race as well as his House seat.

    March 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. lloyd spearman

    paul making a good point but he 's to far to right to flex his muscle.

    March 1, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. usualone

    Young people don't pay attention to history - such as the isolationist time in our history. Of course, it is logical they don't want war. So that isn't surprising. Their parents should inform them of the consequences of supporting Paul.

    March 1, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. whaddya mean?

    Paul can't do anything if he's not the nominee.

    March 1, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Obama won 2008 because he had most of the young voters. To win election you need young voters and that is the reason Ron Paul has better chance beating Obama than any other GOP candidates.

    March 1, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Not likely. You do have ideas, but they can not relate because of the gap between ages. Who ever has the best reach through tech is going to get the vote.

    March 1, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Paul: I can take young people away from Obama◄
    You also can get some votes from those young people's mama
    But in order to WIN IT Paul you gotta be IN IT
    And your poll numbers are so low – you may as well "quit it"

    Sorry, Paul, you have the young vote on your far-Right side
    President Obama will keep his young voters with much pride!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 2, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Sam student

    I'm sure he can take some but many of us are ACTUAL liberals; we aren't voting for Ron Paul.

    March 2, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Paul can take naive potheads away from President Obama – knock yourself out!

    March 2, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. Linda

    Forget about it.
    Obama 2012

    March 2, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. Larry L

    Paul's appeal to young people is based on overly simplistic answers to complex problems – never a good path. Those agencies he wants to discard are functions a modern government needs. For example: we need to have an EPA to protect people from unrestricted discharge of cancer-causing chemicals in our air, water, and soil. Paul would end that protection. We really can't defend America with four nuclear submarines – something Paul proposed when his recommended cuts to the Department of Defense were aired. If trans-national terrorists attack us from Canada what is our response – do we nuke Canada? He trusts the states to provide these functions. Why?

    March 2, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. philip

    Ron Paul is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat who can restore the economy.
    Obama, newt, mitt, santorium all want more wars and more troops over seas.
    Ron wants troops back in the US, focus on the US economy. No more bailouts.

    Ron Paul 20 12

    March 2, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. Indeeds

    Following Ron as much as I have, I don't think this comment was meant to be incendiary. It is more likely a jab at the GOP as they're generic platform disenfranchises the great majority of young voters.

    March 2, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    No sir, I`m afraid you can not.

    Your best hope is that the 2nd Obama administration consider you for a place on his team as the manager of an inniative that you share with the President . . . somewhere TO THE LEFT of current Republican ideaology. Only Obama will advance those elements that you have flirted with which appeal to younger voters [and he does so naturally].

    Young voters are NOT STUPID. They know that the GOP establishment will never embrace you with respect. Even now, it is clear they only tolerate you, the same as they did Bachmann. As long as they think you are pulling people away from Obama [i.e. during primary polling season] the GOP figures it advances their cause but they will never give you a seat at the "Grown ups" table.

    President Obama is where the smart young people will gravitate during the general election. Folks like Meagan McCain might have hoped you"d pull the GOP party to the LEFTbut you`ve failed and they will line up behind Barack Obama once in the voting booth.

    March 2, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. Dan J

    Let's face it: Ron Paul is the most exciting candidate for young voters. Obama doesn't even come close.

    March 2, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  16. L. R. Long

    Yes, Ron Paul, you can peel away from Obama all the young, inexperienced voters who tend to join cults of personality. But there is a far bigger voting bloc you should be concerned with and it is the middle age, and senior, EXPERIENCED voters that know you are way to extreme for the presidency. They would grow disappointed with your inability to enact all your promises from the campaign trail once you get to Washington. Sound familiar? It's what happened to Obama and the young voters won't fall for it again. Whoops! There goes the argument you tried to make! Right out the window. Looks like you won't take the youth away from Obama, afterall.

    March 2, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  17. Thomas

    Ron Paul , the Republican version of Ralph Nader.

    March 2, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  18. logicnLA

    He may see a lot of young people at his rallies but that's just because there are not a lot of people at the rallies in the first place, sot he young stand out. Look at the polls- Paul doesn't stand a chance.

    March 2, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  19. Larry

    Hey Paul, you only have a young republican following no dems. So think again buddy.

    March 2, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  20. Marie MD

    You can take a few young people but if your take is on ending wars that is exactly what President Obama wants to do. I doubt very much, unles they are the bible thumpers, that young people who have grown up in a post civil rights, women's rights era would want to go back to that ugly time and place.
    I am sure the young people who are now being covered by their parents health insurance are happy with the current president.

    March 2, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  21. Terry

    Ron Paul is sad, very sad.

    March 2, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  22. hmmmmmm

    thank you

    March 2, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  23. TomInRochNY

    Yes, young minds are easily misled by theories that promises a Utopia, but can only deliver slavery.

    March 2, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  24. Doug

    Wow, this dude has nothing.

    March 2, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Another ever more flaccid performance from Ron Paul, He should be bashing the other three daily over their warmongering, bloodthirsty eagerness to attack Iran and intervene in Syria. Yet he does not, despite this being a winning issue. One can only conclude from his "nibbling around the edges" instead of going for the jugular, that Ron Paul is just putting on a show. He is either a political coward or he has already sold out to the neocon party establishment. What a shame, because I used to have more respect for him.

    March 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
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