Paul compares campaign to American Revolution at rain-soaked rally
April 22nd, 2012
04:04 PM ET
2 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. Nicholas

    Right now, both political parties continue perpetual wars, at least 30 more years of adding to our already $15.6 trillion dollars of debt, taking away more of our rights (NDAA, Patriot Act, Trespass Bill, SOPA), and allowing corporations to run most of our government for their own benefit. Sure, they have some cultural differences, but other than abortion – there's no substantive difference. And when somebody legitimately attempts to change any of this – the establishment resorts to election fraud (proven in Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming), slander, and suppression. Therefore, it seems seems akin to a revolution. Sure, there's no bloodshed, but we're still fighting for proper representation, lower taxes, and an accountable/fair government.

    April 22, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Melissa Kirst

    Look at all the hate spewed in these comments. It is what it is. Thank you CNN for mentioning Ron Paul and his Rally today and of course Ron Paul 2012 !!

    April 22, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. daddysteve

    Romney couldn't get people to stand out in the rain even if he gave away free subs.

    April 22, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Captain Shays

    There are a lot of similarities between what's going on today and what precipitated the American Revolution. High taxes then but now as high as today comparitevly. Authoritarianism from the government very much the same then as today. Great Briton acting like an empire just like our own government today. Ron Paul is right, and has been right for YEARS about foreign policy, the economy and the state of our Republic. If we don't elect him we can banks on this; We WILL have more unnecessary-undeclared wars. We WILL grow deeper and deeper in debt and we WILL lost a lot more of our freedoms.

    April 22, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. bandsons

    Ron Paul 2012 and beyond. It's the message of truth. Ron Paul is just a man... but they can not hold us all back.

    April 22, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. bandsons

    Ron Paul 2012! This is the message of truth. Ron Paul is just a man... but they can not hold us all back. Stand up!

    April 22, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. william l

    Wow cnn does a article on Ron Paul. This must be a joke right. I thought there staff was told if his name is mentioned they would be fired. This will be pulled within a few hours. You notice they aren't polling Pennsylvania the last 3 weeks. That's because Ron Paul is pulling ahead of Romney there. Tuesday will be the day the nation finally wakes up.

    April 22, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Freedom

    What people fail to see the comparison of the Ron Paul Revolution, to the Revolutionary war. I see people must have failed history class! The Revolutionary war came because of King Georges Tyranny, over taxing the colonies, when this occured the colonist revolted! They were called terrorist, they were called criminals, and by British law they probably was! If you think about it, the same situation exist. Look at the government spending, GSA scandal, and Leon Panetta and his 20.000 dollar a week trips to CA. Taxes without representation, these are just a couple examples of the government waste! What I find strange is the large crowds Paul is getting compared to Romney. You would think polls would have him as the front runner, but yet these numbers remain unchanged, even as the crowds and the donations get larger! Even my own senator Manchin stated last week, he could not support Obama or Romney, a view that makes me proud to be a West Virginian! This took guts! Now he is being ridiculed by his own party, and Republicans! It is sad to say I don't think Ron Paul will get the nomination, but this will only lead to 4 more years of destruction from Obama! Because the GOP it seems wants to give the Obama administration 4 more years!
    I say this because all the reports of election fraud that has appeared in Maine, Iowa, Alaska and other states! Romney is not the peoples choice, but the GOP and Wall Streets choice!

    April 22, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Kathy C

    When our economy finally collapses at the hands of either Romney or Obama (doesn't matter which, because it will fail) Paul's supporters will be fine. It is the ignorant commentators like those above that will wonder what happened as they bemoan the collapse of their safe little worlds where Huffington Post and Fox News are the Truth. I can't wait to watch.

    April 22, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Jacob L

    Ron Paul is in no way an anarchist, rather he is going to save our nation from too much spending, unsound money and too many wars. Unfortunately the majority of Ron Paul's campaign has been ignored and many have written him off because of this. His delegate strategy is working and his messages of personal liberty and responsibility resonante with many voters. He has more appeal then Romney, and consistently polls higher against President Obama. The more people hear about Ron Paul, the more they will like.

    April 22, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. John Rambo

    America is about to undergo some big changes. You can either be a part of it, or you can stand on the sidelines playing armchair quarterback.

    April 22, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Pander Bear

    Love all the Ron Paul supporters talking about the packed houses at Ron Paul rallies and all the delegates he has won. Can't wait until he ACTUALLY wins a contest, which should happen sometime around the 12th of never. Can I get a hit off of that bong?

    April 22, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. padraig

    the Ron Paul R3volution IS the modern day equivalent of the minutemen of 1776. If you cannot support the Thomas Jefferson of our day you are on the side of the tory's period/ RON PAUL 2012!!!

    April 22, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. patty

    PRESIDENT PAUL!

    April 22, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Orian B

    Critiquing someone's ideas with reasonable arguments and examples is great. Sadly, the commenters above think that attacking a person amounts to valid political discourse. The only thing you accomplish is making yourselves look as uninformed and unintelligent as you claim Ron Paul is.

    April 22, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Not Afraid

    To those still asleep, and voting for a candidate because the media tells you too... please wake up.

    Ron Paul has had packed rally's between 2,000 and 9,000 strong, CONTINUOUSLY with ZERO media attention. When Mitt Romney has 100 people show up, EVERY media outlet is present. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU? The media is deciding this election, just like they did in 2008 and you people are being duped again.

    There is NO DIFFERENCE between Obama and Romney, policies will remain the same. Just follow the money trail, look at who donates to who in order to see how they will carry out their four years. Goldman Sachs funds both Romney and Obama, there will not be ANY change if either of these guys are elected.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that represents true change. The only reason for someone to be against him is if they are uneducated on his policies and afraid of the boogey man sand people under their bed.

    April 22, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Jamie Potter

    The sad missguided Ron Paul supporters call it the Revolution ahh bless them. I know it hurts cnn but Ron Paul is streets ahead of the rest and his followers are growng , I am proud to be one of them lets stop voting for the best of the worst and someone who offers real change, Ron Paul/ Napolitano 2012.

    April 22, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. skatealex2

    Wow CNN actually covered a Ron Paul story. Thousands of supporters standing in the freezing rain, no other candidate gets these kinds of crowds. Not to mention Ron Paul gets thousands of people at many of his rallies easily.

    April 22, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Da troof and nuttin but da troof

    Mitt Romney tries to arrange all ~50 people he pays to come to his ralleys in such a way that the pictures make it look like he had any turnout at all. Ron Paul consistently packs any venue he speaks at.

    He's the only Republican that's not only preaching fiscal responsibility, but actually proposing a balanced budget. The house repubs, on the other hand, are aiming to have us "only $500 billion/year" in the hole, instead of 1.5 trillion/year. Personally, if we're not even going to come close to balancing the budget with either party's proposed budget, I'd rather go all out and have things like schools and roads.

    April 22, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Mikecz

    Hey Strategic Mitt,

    Our government now is more invasive, less transparent, and more corrupt then those we overthrew during the revolution. What they are currently doing to our currency and civil rights is an absolute travesty. YOU TUBE RON PAUL. Sometimes it takes a few videos for you to wake up!

    Good news from Iowa and Minnesota...

    April 22, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. bocelli

    More than 4,000 people were there, standing under chilly weather and pouring rain. This can only be the product of the power of ideas, reason, decency, and true hope for the future, as opposed to demagogy, populism, corruption, and deceit, represented by Obama (number 1) and Romney (close number 2).

    April 22, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. subject416

    Ron Paul disagrees with a lot of what Ayn Rand said and believed – he's a Christian, he's not a militant, and Rand hated libertarians. A more apt comparison would actually be to Jefferson, in my opinion, although neither man was perfect. Jefferson argued for limited government and states rights prominently in his time just like Ron is now.

    Ron places a bigger emphasis on the banking system and points out the lack of reserve standards/requirements and the manipulation of investment that occurs with centralized fixed-interest rates and special lines of credit. This resonates with many people who realize who has first access to the money. Ron attacks unsustainable, massive wars that are entered into illegally and unmanageable programs that steal from the children of the future with good intentions.

    That's why his ideas are revolutionary.

    April 22, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. joe

    avid CNN watchers... KEEP DRINKING THE KOOL AID... the USA is doing just fine.. we arent in debt... we like wars... dont worry... Obama will provide for you... thank you previous comments for reminding my why we are a REPUBLIC.. not a democracy... because you people are as Michael S would put it... STUPID.

    April 22, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. romney obama 2012

    I think Obama and Romney should run as each others VP candidate. They are not much different and that way they can both win, thats all they really want. Romney is a war mongerer, Obama is a coward afraid to stop the endless wars.
    Ron Paul may never win but he will get my vote just like he did in 08 and just like his son will in 16.

    April 22, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. YouPeopleAreFunny

    You people are out of your minds. Ron Paul's vision is crazy, however endless war and debt is perfectly normal, right? Good argument there buddy.

    April 22, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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