Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally
April 22nd, 2012
04:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally

Philadelphia (CNN) – Ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, presidential hopeful Ron Paul painted his long-shot campaign as a new American revolution at a rain-soaked event outside Independence Hall.

“In our early history, we had a major undertaking overthrowing an empire,” Paul said. “And in some ways that is what we are doing now.”

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Paul’s supporters call his campaign the “Ron Paul Revolution,” and they turned out in a steady, hard rain outside the hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and adopted.

They stood with umbrellas drawn and ponchos on, even as the sound of rain smacking on the tents in the park made it difficult for people to hear the candidate.

“It is obvious that we need to change our foreign policy because of the cost,” Paul said. “Our foreign policy is a schizophrenic foreign policy – it is on again off again."

Though the Texas congressman finds himself behind former Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to the CNN delegate count, he consistently raises large sums of money. In the first quarter of 2012, the Paul campaign said they raised nearly $10.4 million, with nearly $2.6 million coming in March alone.

At the end of the speech, Paul handicapped the presidential race.

“When you run, you run to win. I have won elections 12 times, and that puts a stamp of approval and what we are doing,” Paul said. “We do know that the continuation of the spirit of liberty will persist no matter what, and that is what really counts.”

Before Paul took the stage, supporters listened to performances by Indianapolis musician Jordan Page and a speech on foreign policy by Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA unit that tracked al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. When Scheuer joked about a recent comments by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, about President Barack Obama being “stupid,” the crowd - which had been relatively quiet during the speech - roared at the comment.

“Senator Grassley’s term stupid is exactly the correct adjective to apply to people of both parities, the media and the academy,” Scheuer said.

Following his swing through Pennsylvania, the campaign turns their focus to Paul’s home state of Texas for events in El Paso, Austin and Houston. The Texas primary is on May 29.

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  1. Strategic Bob

    This doddering old fool can't possibly be comparing the current situation to the situation at the dawn of our country, or himself to the Founding Fathers, can he? The Founding Fathers would be incensed at the comparison. This Ayn Rand disciple should go away, far away, as should all her other admirers. If you read anything about Ayn Rand you will find that she was a selfish, narcisistic self-promoting third rate intellect, as well as a hypocritical adultress.

    April 22, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Uh oh, Mitt. They're falling out of love ... again!

    “In our early history, we had a major undertaking overthrowing an empire,” Paul said. “And in some ways that is what we are doing now.”

    Good grief. I thought that GOPer theatrics were finally over. Guess not. A US Congressman calling for a revolution in a effort to make him President of the, well, certainly NOT the United States - John Birch Society of the United States more like ... fancy that.

    Chill out old man, you're better days are long over and your son RandyAndy will never amount to half the man your supporters think you are.

    April 22, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Eric Casey

    Wow the fist 2 comments are so over the top it's not funny.. You two need to wake the hell up. Apparently you have no idea the state this country is in. Ron Paul cares about ending wars and taking our troops back home. I'd hate to have a warmonger for president, like Romney. Ron Paul has been winning county district caucuses across the country. You'll be shocked to see how many delegates he will have by the Tampa convention.. Don't be a "sheep" and follow what everyone else does. Old people in the Republican party are almost a thing of the past. It's the younger generation that actually has a clue what is going on in the real world. You old people vote for the most bland candidates. RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    April 22, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Ron Paul is an anarchist, and he further proves this with words that border on treason and sedition. However, it matters not, as he will never be President, regardless of how many of his cult following come out and vote.

    April 22, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Kiel Moreau

    OMG CNN actually did a story on Ron Paul??? I can't believe it!! I thought they already declared him a dead candidate!

    April 22, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Our founders were not anarchists. Ron Paul has started believing his own outrageous vision – and his followers have all had time to actually think about the ridiculous proposals. His vision is great for a small, mostly white, narrow-minded town in Texas – like Lake Jackson.

    April 22, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Derik D

    The support for Ron Paul is obviously evident as the turnouts to his town hall events have been huge. Other than a certain few on the hard left, and Neo-Con right, his message of liberty and sound money are resonating. This may be Dr. Paul's last run for office, but it is far from over. As an Independent voter, Paul fits exactly where the other's always leave something to be desired. Ron Paul is MY president.

    April 22, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Charlie from the North

    Delusions of grandeur much? Or as Reagan famously said" I knew Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson is a friend of my and you sir are no Thomas Jefferson.

    April 22, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. AJ

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Cp

    Our 18 member extended family are all voting for Paul.
    Bring peace and prosperity.
    Ron Paul 2012
    To the narrow minded age discriminationists above, start reading history. This time now is historical. The central bank havent been challenged for 99 years. Paul is doing just that in 2012
    Shame on you both
    Wake up.

    April 22, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Peter Peirce

    In response to the first comment: Ron Paul is not "Ayn Rand". He's not an objectivist. If you knew anything about him, you'd know he's intrigued by objectivism, but he doesn't subscribe to it's philosophy. He's a strict constitutionalist, and to label him anything else it dishonest.

    In response to "Donkey Party": Ron Paul is not an anarchist (technically correct term would be anarchocapitalist, which is pretty far from what you would image "anarchy" to be), he's consistently been, for 30 years, a strict constitutionalist. The "revolution" that he and his supporters call for is an intellectual revolution, and a revolution to overthrow the establishment of both the Republican party and the establishment media. He doesn't wish to overthrow the government, he wishes to follow the Constitution. That's hardly "treason and sedition".

    April 22, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. adam

    Incase you havent noticed...our government has been over run with big bankers and globalists and now we are taking over the world and trying to sustain a world government. This is and will be the next revolution. Freedom over tyranny and if you dont see what millions of other people are FINALLY recognizing...just stay away from politics sheeple.

    April 22, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Jesse J

    Its amazing how deluded our populace is when someone calls for reductions in spending to 2000 levels and is called an anarchist. Stop fighting wars that don't help our national security....total anarchy!

    Paul is trying to follow the mentality of Jefferson when the Constitution was created, and doing a great job at that. And please, before you just outright call that a lie, do your homework on both of them.

    April 22, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Ron Paul will be President. I don't care if you call us a cult following. As I recall Paul can get more people at speech during down pour rain a than Romney can during a good day. Paul picks up 5 times more support than Romney during his speeches. If you ask me, the election has been corrupted. GOP has broken the rules in a caucus too, and many of them. Keep hating and spreading lies because will revolt and win this.

    April 22, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. IL4Liberty

    Thanks for covering this! Ron Paul is completely the common sense candidate we need. Although I know CNN has loads of commentar's on here who are Obama supporters and whole-heartedly feel the US gov should be their sudo parent.

    But seriously, take a look at Gov. IT case studies on project management for exactly what not to do, particularly the FBI infrastructure overhaul. You will see what government run projects turn into and why they should not be extended.
    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Kris Jackson

    This is the last hurrah for a true American original and a first-class, very intelligent nutcase.

    April 22, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Vet4RonPaul

    I just got back from the event at Independence Mall, Phila, PA. It poured rain but thousands of people attended. There were dozens of people with Veterans for Ron Paul shirts also. Great to see. Ron Paul is pro-freedom, pro-peace and anti-bailouts. His opponents are anti-freedom, pro-war and pro-bailouts. Most of them are Neocon Warmonger ChickenHawks who want war but never served. I served 4 years and the troops and veterans are overwhelming for Ron Paul and not the ChickenHawks.

    April 22, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. G Prentiss

    Please Gov Romney suspend your campaign and support Rep Paul as the nominee.It is the honorable thing to do the American people do not want you as their leader!

    April 22, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Tyler

    Wow, people are calling Ron Paul an anarchist for following the constitution?! That makes me stop and think what kind of people they could be. That's scary.

    April 22, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. robby

    wow. the comments are rediculous about him being a traitor, actually he's the only one who isnt. indefinite detention w/o due process, assassinations, and a road into totalitarianism is what we face. wait until panetta orders drone strikes on u.s. soil because the u.n. ordered him to, or you are labeled a terrorist for a rediculos reason. maybe then you will realize how fascist our country has become.

    April 22, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Ja-Coffalotte

    At least RP has a real platform, Romney's is to make his billionaire backers richer and try to appease anybody with his bs flipflopping, Romney freely admits we'll see his real views when he's elected, he's just trying to lie the best he can, Obama's is to just stay in office, both are worthless and will doom our country. Rome lasted how long? OH well, good riddance, Americans will still be here long after all of these political jackholes are long gone.

    April 22, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. gerry thompson

    Right on Derik D.......couldn't agree with you more. Just saw the DR in Ithaca on Thursday......MAN o MAN- the crowd, the enthusiasm, the intellect and the common sense. RON PAUL people are my kind of people. Tell these old dumb clowns that we're in charge now!!!! SEE YA JERKS IN TAMPA!!!!! BRING IT BOYS!!!!!

    April 22, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Julian Alien

    Ron Paul,the only one running for president that can prove he is a natural born citizen.Newt can,but his goose is cooked.I am really not sure why Newt has not dropped out.

    April 22, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Chris

    Ron Paul or None At All. And the haters are gonna hate...They cannot spell out specifics, all they're good at is repeating MSM one liners and name calling. I choose freedom.

    April 22, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. David Ryon

    Let me be clear, I will not vote for the GOP presidential ticket without Ron Paul's name somewhere on it. I will write-in Ron Paul's name in the General Election ballot if I have too but I would rather vote for the GOP candidate either Ron Paul/? or ?/Ron Paul. The mainstream media and the neo-con/RINO leadership are proclaiming a victor in our primaries but the truth is the nominee will be elected by the delegates at the GOP convention in Florida.

    Real conservative members of the Republican party are going to do everything we can to stop Romney from getting selected as the nominee in the 1st round of voting. All this talk about Romney selecting a running mate is silly when he is not the official nominee.

    Nothing will change under Romney, we will have more WARS, more TAXES, more SPENDING, and more GOVERNMENT. Romney and Obama are on the same side of the coin just different edges. Ron Paul is on the other side of the coin. More of the same will not save our country. Only real speanding cuts and balancing our budget will save our dollar and save our nation.

    Anybody who says they don't want to be Vice President is full of it and the American people know it. Any normal person would be honored to be asked to be the Vice Presidential candidate for the GOP and accept immediately.

    Sincerely,
    David Ryon
    Please vote for Ron Paul in your Republican Primary or Caucus for President in 2012.

    I ask the National GOP delegates to vote for Ron Paul at the GOP convention in every round of voting including the first round.

    April 22, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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