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. KMR

    Such a sad thing to see so many brainwashed by the ever-oppressive, controlling government, and the mindless ramblings of the talking heads looking at you from your plasma-screens. Are you that afraid of Freedom, that you are willing to be controlled, be told where to go, what to do? Are you that confident, that you are ready to send your children, your grandchildren, your husbands, wives, sisters, brothers...off to war, because the Government deems a foreign country as the enemy? I feel so sorry for you. Think for yourselves. Get off the paranoia train. Rom Paul 2012.

    April 22, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. J Jones

    *There were over 4,000 people at the event standing in the rain. I'm sure the article wanted to mention it but just forgot. I heard 27 people came out to see Romney speak in the rain once.

    April 22, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. swimkin

    Ron Paul is winning the hearts and minds of the under 30's and yes... now the over 50 crowd is waking up. Where are the rest of you? Apparently too busy to do your homework on the internet. There is a civil war going on in the republican party right now between the establishment and the Ron Paul people. It will all come down to the convention ... if the establishiment isn't careful with the Ron Paul voters it will be the end of the Republican party.

    April 22, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. bereanstudent

    I am so happy to see CNN actually covering a story about Ron Paul. He holds multiple rallies with thousands of people across the country that are 4 to 5 times larger than anything Mitt Romney has ever had yet the main stream media has been blocking him out. Continue covering Ron Paul and a flood of his supporters will begin following CNN.

    April 22, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Ron Paul Has Created a Movement

    Larry L, his vision is also great for Americans who don't want the Drug War to unfairly target minorities. Or for federal police to be able to search without warrants. Or to those crazy Americans who don't want the President being able to indefinitely detain and assassinate US citizens without a trial. Or for innocent bystanders and people all over the world who do not want to have family killed during drone strikes. Or for soldiers overseas who are fighting pointless and useless wars that seem to benefit only the military contracting companies and defense industry. The irony is that the policies of Obama are what would benefit the small white areas the most by keeping the status quo. But please continue to support Big Brother Obama!

    April 22, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Luke Gilead

    Ron Paul 2012!

    April 22, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. carrotroot

    Ron Paul's campaign became irrelevant after he failed to win Maine. He has not won any of the primaries, nor has he won any of the Presidential caucus beauty contests. The idea that his strategy of picking up delegates in the horse trading sessions after the caucuses would somehow be a pathway to victory is absurd.

    April 22, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Mason K

    The amount of ignorance seen in anti-Paul rhetoric on the comments section is confounding. If you refer to Paul as an:
    objectivist
    anarchist
    isolationist
    or "Ayn Rand disciple"
    You obviously have no idea what those words mean and you far more obviously have no clue what Paul's positions are.

    April 22, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. MedullaPancreas

    Santorum was a phenomena of the GOP electioneering process. The GOP electioneers and mainstream media shamefully came out in the open and stated to the public their vote would not count if they voted for Ron Paul ("If Iowa votes for Ron Paul we'll take it out. It doesn't count. Iowa doesn't matter" etc. etc.) Santorum didn't have the actual delegates (physical voters) to justify competing. The mainstream media has been wholly complicit in the cover-up to marginalize Paul and his support as suspected by many and confirmed by Pew Research study. I imagine this country will be dealing with the fallout of this election year for years to come. Even now Ron Paul is marginalizing in articles, perhaps to drum up some controversy come Tampa. However, if Ron Paul does take Tampa I suspect it won't be the controversy many in the establishment think it will be. Ron Paul is a rare commodity and his scarcity has only been fueled by those trying to surpress him.

    April 22, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Temple university Student

    I was at the rally earlier today and around 4,300 attended. A person preaches end unjust wars, stop spending more than what you take in from taxes, and keep our civil liberties protected and he is called old, crazy, racist, and such... Keep drinking your Elephant red and Donkey blue juices brought to you by Obama/Romney, Inc. Ron Paul is a military vet and medical doctor. I will take him over Obama/Romney Goldman Sachs backed idiots any day, you willfully ignorant people.

    April 22, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Tim Turner

    Today, Ron Paul has been confirmed to win 20 delegates out of the 24 counted in Minnesota this month! Romney wins 1, Sanotorum wins 3 (day before he dropped out). Still 16 more delegates to be confirmed.

    April 22, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. George Washington

    Ron Paul 2012.

    Bring Home our Troops.
    God Bless America.
    Thank you

    April 22, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. NICK

    This event was amazing , , , his supporters are going to change this country for the better , , the only people who dislike him and post negativity as below and above just haven't sat to hear the man speak common sense, , its all it really is common sense. If this was a Romney event it wouldve been cancelled due to rain , , ,Amazing I was there and it was amazing , , change is coming like it or not !

    April 22, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Paul compares campaign to American Revolution .

    He's not that old . That would make Paul over two hundred years old.

    Somebody buy this man a fork and turn him over , he's done !

    April 22, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Joanne

    I was there today! It was a cold hard rain but the Rally was FANTASTIC. Thousands of people from every walk of life stood out in the pouring rain and not one was sorry they did. In the morning we marched from 5th and Arch to City Hall and back again. The Rally started at 1 pm and Ron Paul spoke at 2:30. Veterans For Ron Paul had a huge contingent and so did the Democrats. What a great day full of wonderful ( and wet) moments. I'll be working at the polls on Tuesday. Don't forget to vote and remember it's the delegates that matter. Go Ron Paul.

    April 22, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Greg

    Dear CNN, thank you for running an article on Ron Paul. Given he recently beat Obama in the most recent Rasmussen poll it is good see you giving more attention to the front runner now. May I point out, you failed to mention over 2500 Americans attended this rally. That is far more than any other of the candidates runing for the GOP nomination. Ron Paul also over the weekend won Iowa and Minnesota with a majority of the delegates from those states. Can I ask you please report on this news too?

    April 22, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Flavio Antonino

    President Paul ! Yes, it is possible. America will return to it's greatness.

    April 22, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Dave P.

    The people in the know see Paul as a serious threat, hence the media black out, state after state of exposed polling fraud and general mocking of him by puppet pundits. The dollar is the next predicted bubble and Paul has been right every time so far. Denyng that only proves yourself to be an idiot. As for Obama, If 100% of democrats understood how deeply that party is run by card carrying Marxist/Leninists, they'd lose 75% of their voters within minutes. In any event, Obama's frauds are exposed, his marxist past is exposed and his totalitarian agenda is obvious. He'll be gone by November. We still have Obama Lite, Romney who is also plagued by fraud exposure and the mentally challenging foot in mouth disease. This country can't be changed from the top down and that's why RP ideologists are sweeping caucuses. As for revolution, it is coming. Easy or hard, it will come none the less. The King called the founding fathers traitors and the man who would be king and his lackkeys do the same now but it's gone well past name calling now. Liberty!

    April 22, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Jeremy H

    Mitt Romney is spouting his lines, "As President, I will uphold the rule of law – and put America back on the path toward the Founders’ vision," CBS is reporting on his talking points that a few months ago were "fringe" ('The Cost of a Nation of Incarceration.'), the country is talking about the looming crash in Europe, in which the US will follow (which Ron Paul predicted, along with the real estate bubble), thousands of veterans are marching for him, he's won the Caucus's in Colorado, and Minnesota (he is going to get a majority in Iowa, Maine, Washington, Nevada AT A MINIMUM), he's drawing crowds of thousands (even in pouring cold rain). You put these factors in any other election with any other name, and he is the Frontrunner, and getting tons of publicity in the MSM. He just drew 4300 in the pouring frickin rain on the same day he won 20 of 24 delegates in Minnesota, but no mention on the news? As a vet, as an independent who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats in elections, as a father, I say WE are this countries only hope and we must WAKE UP to what is going on here. Ron Paul isn't our savior, WE ARE, but he is the man to help us achieve it! Ron Paul 2012!

    April 22, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Bob Bobberson

    I know what you mean, if it was not for the fact I felt he had no chance on the Republican ticket (hope he goes third party or independent) I would vote for him over Obama and I usually hate Republicans because they are too far to the right now. Before the Tea party, Romney was conservative and McCain was too liberal in 08, now he is apparently not conservative enough. A=Did not really like them anyway, we need the dwight republicans back.

    April 22, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. J

    It's amazing that people are so easily duped by the subtle (or not-so-subtle) framing of information done by media outlets, without even realizing their perspectives and ideals have been intentionally-shaped by the people who control these outlets. Ron Paul has been time and again framed as a 'crazy isolationist', with 'ridiculous' ideas that we need to laugh out, supported only by foolish students. If only every individual would take the responsibility to find out about who Ron Paul really is and what he stands for, then they would realize they should not and CAN NOT let this rare chance in history slip through their fingers.

    Good Luck USA, good luck world.

    April 22, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Marcus

    I am an avid supporter of a presidential candidate who speaks the truth, has a consistent voting record, understands our current economic and financial straits, stands against ceaseless war for empire (whether called war on terror, defense, or senseless slaughter to line the pockets of a banking elite), and advocates personal responsibility. Ron Paul stands head, shoulders, and ankles above any candidate on either side of that false left-right paradigm. While some might swoon to billion dollar advertising campaigns and slogans like "yes we can." Others might be swayed by charming smiles and specious tales of private sector sucess. I, for one, stand with those whose hearts are moved by the logic of Dr. Paul's message. Many commentators will try to build strawman arguments to dissuade people from listening to the message. Some might cite Dr. Paul's age, or race, or loose affiliation with groups that stand against world government. They all are attacking a man, not the message. But those who support Dr. Ron Paul are well aware that they do not follow a man. Men are not made to be followed. They stand behind an idea. I stand with those who understand that the idea encapsulated in a word like "liberty" can never be diminished by those who would attack the people who speak the word. Let sheep be herded by men. Let men discuss the ideas that shape our world. RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    April 22, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Severely Moderate

    Seems Ron Paul is not fake enough for the GOP.

    Independents are waiting to "write him in" come November.

    April 22, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. mule1ear

    I can see why people don't like Ron Paul. I have a hard time sympathising with those who don't want freedom, and they evidently have a hard time with me. So be it.

    If you don't like SOPA or the NDAA or the PATRIOT Act then RP is your guy. If you like those things, keep going – it'll get worse before it gets better. And if you don't know what those are or don't care – go back to sleep.

    Peace, Freedom and the resulting Prosperity.

    April 22, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. AntonJ

    Some of these comments here seem pretty uninformed if you ask me. Ron Paul is like the founders in that he believes in individual liberty (a relatively new idea at the dawn of our country) and a humble foreign policy of commerce with all and entangling alliances with none. He is the only consistent candidate running (has never voted for a tax raise, never voted to expand the power of the government, returns a portion of his funds to the treasury every year, doesn't participate in the lucrative congressional pension fund) and always tells the truth. While most people were calling him crazy and out of touch he foresaw the housing bubble in 2001 and stood by his principles. To me he is the only sane candidate and the only one not owned by special interests.

    April 22, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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