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. Revolution 2012

    RON PAUL 2012!!!!!

    April 22, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. valleyforge

    Obama or Romney would never get 4300 people out in a cold rain. There is no enthusiasm for either of them, just animosity towards the other. Ron Paul supporters come out because they support him and, more importantly, the ideas of personal reponsibility, liberty, and limited government that he embodies. It is sad seeing that some folks are so far sucked into the Red vs. Blue fight that they must dismiss Ron Paul to avoid upsetting their narrow view of politics as a spectator sport. This is about our freedoms and our children's freedoms and a chance to build a life on their own terms as those before us did.

    April 22, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. randpaulreview

    4,000 people is on the low end of the spectrum concerning the number of supporters attending Ron Paul's rallies the past few months. He is the only candidate talking about a number of issues that greatly concern American citizens, to include; the ndaa infinite detention provision, CISPA, HR 347, not putting US sovereignty in the hands of the US or other foreign powers, and most importantly, ending our overseas imperialism. Bring on the peace! Ron Paul 2012!

    April 22, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Jack

    Just ask yourself a few questions before you think you know about Ron Pauls message. Do you like tyranny or do you love Liberty? Are you enjoying the Police State?? Are you enjoying the TSA and Homeland security groping your children and grandparents, what about the new TSA checkpoints??? Why is Homeland Security stockpiling 450 million rounds of hollow point bullet ammunition? Why are the police buying military weapons equipment? Are you enjoying the Federal Reserve counterfeiting the US dollar and giving it to our banks and even foreign banks that are insolvent as the prices we pay for regular household items continues to rise out of control??? How about the NDAA and CISPA?? How about never ending wars and occupations of foreign land without congressional approval??? WHAT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR CIVIL RIGHTS??? Wake up America!! A vote for Obama or Romney is more of the same. RON PAUL or no one at all.

    April 22, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. jeff b

    The 2 anti Paul comments points on here are all lies. they are aimed at trying to marginalize a man who's words and ideas are bringing the people of the United States together. These supporters are passionate about real change and will stop at nothing to change the system that favours the 1%. The message is spreading! Go Ron Paul. From Canada.

    April 22, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Flooding rain didn't stop 4,300 people from coming out to hear him...He must be doing SOMETHING right. Some of you sound jealous.

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Jose

    Ron Paul is the only person worth voting for.

    April 22, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Meh

    Rains that stopped ball games in other cities couldn't keep Paul supporters away. He must be doing SOMETHING right. Some of you sound jealous.

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Anthony Platt

    This American revolution will make that American revolution look like a tea party. : )

    April 22, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is a good man. A truth seeker in a sea of corrupt politicians and for that he has my vote.

    April 22, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. GENERAL

    Ron Paul has my vote. I will never vote for an out of touch lying liberal coward like Romney. Go Ron Paul!! A true patriot and good man.

    April 22, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Ron Paul is not being realistic. He needs to understand that there is little chance for him to win the nomination. He is getting people to rallies and raising money. The problem is that he isn't getting people to vote for him on election day. The young people turn out is wonderful, but they typically don't vote. If it were a bunch of seniors along with their grandchildern, that would be more impressive.

    April 22, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Matthew

    Sure are some hateful and disrespectful comments in the list. A person may disagree with Paul's stance on issues, and vision, but I think personal attacks are not helpful. Say what you will, but Paul actually does bring up views on issues that need to be considered and discussed, especially concerning monetary policy and economy. GOP didn't give us much choice this time around, but Paul would be a better choice than Romney, win or lose.

    April 22, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Tom Williams III

    I can't believe how blind some people are; for instance the first two comments and some others. The people that should be the most upset should be the people nearing social security age. Yet they blindly support establishment candidates that were PICKED FOR THEM. We the people have chosen Paul and the media has done EVERYTHING possible to discourage his supporters. Well I for one will not be discouraged, and 4300+ stood in the rain all day to hear that man speak the message of liberty and TRUTH. It IS a revolution. It IS a great vision. I stand with Dr Ron Paul because I am educated enough to research my candidate and support him for just reasons. END THE FED – VOTE RON PAUL 2012

    April 22, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Bruce C

    I see typical smear merchants here at it again. Trying to marginalize a candidate by using scare phrases such as "anarchist" or "isolationist". Never mind that he isn't an anarchist OR an isolationist, but using those words makes his perfectly rational ideas look extreme. The real crazy people are those who think that we should keep spending on more wars (the rest of the Republican Party).

    April 22, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Dorothy

    Honest, truthful, trustworthy, genuine, loyal, knowledgeable, caring, sincere, one-in-a-million, that's Ron Paul. Elect him President 2102. He's winning all the delegates and when he wins the nomination doubters will be very surprised.

    April 22, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Bruce C

    I could call Obama a communist, Romney a fascist, Paul an anarchist. Doesn't it make all 3 look bad? Then I guess you accomplish your goal.

    Look at all their voting records. Obama and Romney/Bush are all about expanding government, increasing the debt, and taking away our personal liberties.

    Ron Paul is the only one who has a record that can be trusted!

    April 22, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Caleb C

    I am amazed at how stupid some of the posters are on here. Ron Paul and his policies resemble the founders much closer than ANYONE. Thomas Jefferson CLEARLY spoke about the dangers of a central bank. The founders CLEARLY warned about being the policeman of the world. The founders CLEARLY suggested that if we goto war, then DECLARE IT.

    But you know what? Iv come to understand that some people will remain brainless for their entire lives and only, and i mean ONLY take the information that the TV tells them. The old saying should have stuck around longer "you watch too much tv son".

    And i love how this article references her own company "According to CNN delegate counts"... Hilarious... ESTIMATED counts. Ron Paul is racking up delegates in key caucus states as we speak, but you know what? Stay uninformed. You will learn about it later when your TV has no choice but to tell you about it...

    April 22, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Jared

    Ron Pauls outrageous vision is simple: put things back to the way they were meant to be, and worked previously

    April 22, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. David D

    Really Larry L..."his ridiculous proposals"? and which would those be? bringing the troops home and stop the needless wars? or is it cutting the spending we don't have that you find ridiculous? Or maybe you are just scared of freedom all together?
    Legalize freedom before its too late.
    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. ellie m

    I cannot believe I am seeing this! An article about Ron Paul on CNN web site? What gives, of course there is a little smart remark there, but I am still surprised

    April 22, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Michael D

    Ron Paul is the last true statesman. He gets the worst treatment by the media, but he is the only politician who is telling the truth about things like blowback and our insane foreign policy. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are two-sides of the same coin. Young people fortunately have the advent of the internet now to help them see through the lies of the dinosaur media and find out what's going on themselves.

    April 22, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Tired of Mandates

    I was surprised to see CNN even bothering to write a story covering Dr. Paul's whereabouts. I will be more surprised to see you covering any news about how he is quietly amassing an army of delegates....not newsworhty enough for you.

    April 22, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Droid

    Someone tell me the difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. Isn’t one based on the other? How about a change — a REAL change — in politics? Ron Paul has always stood for liberty and fiscal conservatism — something no other candidate left in the race has any clue about. I call upon my fellow youth to resist the “status quo” and support Ron Paul all the way to the convention!

    April 22, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. WhereIsPalin

    After the election, some one please tell Paul he can stop campaigning and go back to Texas. Poor guy is out of touch with reality.

    April 22, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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