Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally
April 22nd, 2012
04:04 PM ET
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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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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. adrian

    America is an empire. Oh but wait, let me be more specific, for the neocons will get their panties up in a bunch. The US government has created an empire.....it has used war, inflation, force, and welfare schemes to expand its empire, turn people on eachother, and divert the blame other than themselves.... The dollar is gonna crash, and i can already see the right and left blaming eachother...its pathetic

    April 22, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Ron Paul Has Created a Movement

    I like how CNN neglected to mention at least 4300 showed up for the rally despite the rain! Of course, we are still waiting for the reports on 8500 at Berkley, 7800 at UCLA, over 6k at Chico State, etc all in one week!

    I also had to laugh hard at some of the bitter liberals posting. Don't take your anger out on the guy who has been consistently defending personal liberty for over three decades just because the guy you all fell for did a 180 once elected! I love how Obama ran against the Patriot Act, the police state, easing up on the drug war, etc - then went and made Bush look like an ACLU member in comparison. No wonder why paul ties obama among independents, gets 40% of the 18 to 29 vote, and does better than Romney against Obama according to Public Policy Polling. He walks the walk about issues many on the left pretend to care about, while Obama was all talk and a complete fraud.

    As far as the person claiming that Paul is an anarchist, that is not correct, and the person needs to learn the difference between a limited government libertarian vs an anarchist. Next, the other person who thought that this was a call for an armed revolution against the government was obviously educated in a public school system. Paul talks about a peaceful political revolution in pretty much any speech, so that was just an embarrassing comment to make.

    April 22, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Josh

    I like Ron Paul, he really is the only one who can get us out of the mess we are in! Ron Paul 2012!

    April 22, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Drew f

    I was shivering cold and dripping wet, and glad to support a champion like the good doctor.

    April 22, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. LDC

    For the first two posters who are obviously not students of history. At least Paul is calling for an intellectual revolution. The founders fought the American revolution over a fraction of what we put up with today. Were they here today, Paul would seem like a push over.... You may want to turn off the TV every once in a while and let your brain re-set... The world may look very different if you learn to think for yourself...

    April 22, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Ty

    You forget to mention that 4300 people showed up for this, nice of you to not include that picture either

    April 22, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Brandon

    I hope for the writers sake he or she is not fired for covering Ron Paul. But yes, it is a revolution against the corrupt establishment! Paul is leading the charge and we the people are behind him! History will be made this year, It's good to see CNN waking up!

    April 22, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. PattyFromTexas

    People have a hard time giving up their long held beliefs, I think this country is awakening though. "I'm trying to change the course of history" Ron Paul

    April 22, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. NotFooledByDistractions

    Exit stage left crazy Uncle Paul.

    April 22, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. john galt

    Strategic Bob.. The best way to argue is to refute the central point, the worst way to argue is name calling. I would compare this modern "revolution" to the American Revolution in that there is a regime of businesses and politicians that make laws to benefit their agendas, exploiting the majority of Americans. This regime may be similar to the regime that exploited early Americans, therefore our current situation can be comparable to the American Revolution. eat a hotdog bob. I don't give a flying foggle about what Ayn Rand did or how she viewed herself, I do however admire some of the ideas and situations portrayed in her satires. Many Americans have been touched by satires similar to Rand's and more Americans have been touched by the corruption in our current political regime. eat a hotdog bob.

    April 22, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Kathie

    There is no room for discussion with people who would rather stick their heads in the sand and resort to adolescence name calling. We are a republic and we are fighting to keep it a Republic. They are unaware of the loss of their liberties and they prefer to play the dangerous game of partisanship. Fortunately, more people are waking up and realizing with nearly no help from the MSM that there is little difference between the two parties. There will be future leaders thanks to Ron Paul who will put country first for the sake of future generations. This partisanship will end as will the empirical thinking of current leaders in all branches of Government.

    April 22, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Ron Paul has the right to invoke the memories of the American Revolution in his campaign. After all, he was there!
    "I knew George Washington. I served with George Washington. George Washington was a friend of mine",,,

    April 22, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Robert Keddie

    Amazing how the comments negging on Ron Paul are simple regurgitations of establishment-biased soundbites mixed with a dash of political correctness and some footnote like references to irrelevant historical figures all together showing the utter intellectual ineptness of those placing them. Let me offer a comment that may hit home with all WORKING Americans: How does taking gross pay home sound? Ron Paul will make it possible. Any other argument raised against Ron Paul is disingenuous, hypocritical and has subversive intentions – because we all know that what matters to voters most is whether their vote will make their wallet or purse thick or thin. Anyone denying that is either rich, a welfare recipient, or special interests. Vote Ron Paul = No Income Tax – that should make this election a LANDSLIDE of its own.

    April 22, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Jefferson

    In other news today, Ron Paul won the majority of delegates in Minnesota!

    April 22, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Troy

    What a total clown car 2012 GOP continues to be.

    April 22, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. saveourfreedom

    Missing persons alert! Has anyone seen a Newt Leroy Gingrich?

    These comments are always worth a good chuckle, its amazing to see how well behaved the sheep act when they get all their facts from news and never from books. Learn from history folks, the American Empire is an infant compared to the world history and we are just a small part of it, don't think that we will last long by bombing, raping and pillaging the rest of the world. When the tide shifts and the USA no longer has the monopoly the rest of the world will not forget the atrocities committed. We need to be humble, get our house in order and fix this government debt because our children are going to be really upset when they live in a post USA shattered country and ask us why we didn't learn from the USSR economic collapse only decades ago... if you don't think the country is in bad shape ask all of the recent graduates from universities ( PSU, UCSD type schools) how their job search is going and how doors are rapidly closing around the youth...

    April 22, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. lostinclt

    Ron Paul changed the way I view politics and made me a believer that our country can be better. No matter what happens I'll be a proponent of his ideas for the rest of my life.

    April 22, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Sheepbuster

    The founding fathers overthrew the government that was put into place by a foreign crown. We now have a country that is bought and paid for by Inhternational banks and corporate interests.

    Paul is one of the only people standing up for us and trying to expose these people and Larry, Donkey, and Eric (predictably) don't get it.

    Go back to watching sports or mainstream tv and leave the important stuff to us grown ups.

    April 22, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Ron

    Hmmmmm...sounds like Ron Paul is inciting Terrorism on our own soil. He's wanting us to overthrow our own government? Isn't that treason as well as terrorism?

    April 22, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Sheepbuster

    Sorry Eric I meant Bob.

    April 22, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. John Galt

    Strategic Bob.. The best way to argue is to refute the central point, the worst way to argue is name calling. I would compare this modern "revolution" to the American Revolution in that there is a regime of businesses and politicians that make laws to benefit their agendas, exploiting the majority of Americans. This regime may be similar to the regime that exploited early Americans, therefore our current situation can be comparable to the American Revolution. I don't give a flying care about what Ayn Rand did or how she viewed herself, I do however admire some of the ideas and situations portrayed in her satires. Many Americans have been touched by satires similar to Rand's and more Americans have been touched by the corruption in our current political regime.

    April 22, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. lostinclt

    Ron Paul has inspired me to get involved in politics for the first time in my life. I am and will always be a proponent of his ideas no matter what happens in the short term. Ron Paul 2012!

    April 22, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Alex

    Anarcho-capitalism and anarchy are different. Do your research.

    April 22, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Say What

    Strategic Bob and Uh oh, Mitt. They're falling out of love ... again! Go back to your flock sheepies. You don't even have a clue to what's happening to our Country. Such foolish little sheepies!! Err, I mean baa baa baa. Ron Paul for America and Americans first!

    April 22, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. kavita gunaji

    Anything during election times! If it weren't a set up, what was it?

    April 22, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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