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. josh

    The founding fathers would be proud, our personal liberties have been stripped from us, our dollar has been destroyed and greed and corruption are threatening our democracy. I wish Paul the best, he has my vote in the PA primary.

    April 22, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Richard Wicks


    I can see that at least the first few commentators here know nothing about history. They should look up how large the tax was on tea, to start.

    It doesn't matter, the country now brings in less than 16% of the national debt per year in tax revenue. We're already bankrupt. If people don't stand up, the government will go fascist to try to regain control and it's obviously what they are doing now. That's all the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and TSA are.

    April 22, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Wes

    Some of you people need to do some research before you make your outrageous statements...Ron Paul's message is almost a mirror image of the ideas our founding fathers put forth. You're also living in the dark if you think that rural Americans will continue to sit back and let the federal government run/ruin their lives. Ron Paul may very well end up being your next president. Restore America NOW!

    April 22, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Charlotte Juett

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that actually has a plan to put us back on sound financial footing and it doesn't take a bunch of accounting tricks and decreases in the amount of increases to do it. He believes in sound money and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Just exactly why are we sending billions to overseas dictators that hate our guts.

    April 22, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. imanoutkast

    What a GREAT turnout, despite rain and wind! Michael Scheuer held no punches, the music was excellent, and the Ron Paul support from others in the political arena, such as Doherty from NJ and Folmer from PA, show that the Revolution is just beginning...wait till us young ones start taking back this once-great country...the globalists can NOT stop us! RON PAUL 2012!!! FOR LIBERTY!!!!

    April 22, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    While I would never support or vote for a racist like Ron Paul, I can say I like him more than any of the others in the GOP. At least I know where he is coming from and he doesn't hide his racism like St. Santorum and Gingrich.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 22, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Kevin R

    Thank you CNN for Finally Posting about the Ron Paul Revolution! Maybe the rest of the media will come to their senses... yeah I'm not counting on that one.

    April 22, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Freedom is Paineful

    It's obvious that those who have nothing to contribute to our country came on here first to post their negative nonsense. The shills and sellouts. Those who have no backbone or understanding of what the liberty movement is about. Those who would have joined with the British in a heartbeat and sold out their parents and children while they were at it.

    Thank God for a man like Ron Paul, who has the courage and wisdom to speak the truth. He is not a sellout and his message is resonating. The bell of liberty is ringing throughout the land and this race is far from over. Those insults in other posts are just that. Insults. They have no substance, just like Obama, Romney, and Gingrich. Just a bunch of talking heads who will keep us in debt, bondage, and war.

    End the tyranny and restore liberty.

    Ron Paul, the only sane and honest candidate for President.

    Let freedom ring!

    April 22, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. E

    The comments by some of these people are just as lame as the people who wrote them.

    April 22, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. dagoberto

    In the land of the lies the man who speaks the truth is considered a nut and a danger to the society.
    He who proposes respect for the constitution and the laws is considered an anachist.
    The man who wants to preserve the lives of the troops is called an antipatriot.
    And whoever tries to balance the budget is a financial terrorist.

    April 22, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. barry

    Rain soaked rally. Makes sense the guy is all wet.

    April 22, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. scpatriotdaughter

    Thank you CNN,for doing an article on Ron Paul.Keep this up,and my faith in you just might be restored.He's the only hope that exists for this nation,please help us.

    April 22, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Ted

    For those of you that don't support Ron Paul, just what part of the Constitution is it that you don't like?

    April 22, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. John D

    Ron Paul isn't an anarchist? You are horribly misinformed about Ron Paul by the MSM, please do some research and get your head out of the sand, before suggesting something so ludicrious

    April 22, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Canadian Brad

    Canada has one of the strongest economies of the world, and 85% of Canadians support and endorse Ron Paul, just saying.

    April 22, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Travis

    I'm disappointed to see that some people misunderstand Ron Paul's message. It is truly a shame that Paul's opponents resort to ad hominem attacks so quickly, too. Ron Paul is not an anarchist and he is not mentally unstable – this should go without saying. When he speaks of the American Revolution, what were the Founders of this country struggling against if not one of the greatest empires the world has ever known? And what was the king if not an executive that had gone beyond his boundaries? Ron Paul is correct in comparing the modern liberty movement in America to the Revolution. We have a massive empire and an executive that has clearly overstepped his constitutional boundaries – both of these developments threaten American liberty. This Marine Corps veteran fails to see what is so radical about a candidate who wants to uphold the Constitution and restore power back to the states and the individual citizen. Ron Paul has my vote – I'll write him in if I have to.

    April 22, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. Chris M

    Strategic Bob.... why exactly are you so bitter towards a man who wants to bring home our brothers and sisters? Or restore value to a depleting currency? Do you support the Patriot Act or National Defense Authorization Act? The only person I see spouting hate is you... Dr. Ron Paul spouts peace, liberty, and freedom. These are values the entire world can unite behind. Maybe not the politicians, the bankers, agri- chemical industry, the corn lobby, the oil lobby, the health insurance lobby, the plastic lobby, the prison lobby, the "drug war" lobby, the war lobby, and all the other groups of powerful people who are threatened by Ron Paul, but the common citizens who want nothing more than provide for themselves and their families and live in peace.

    Whats happening now is just as, if not more important than the original revolution our founders fought because our freedom is even more at stake. The threat is not an international empire, WE have become the empire. The rights are not being stolen in front of ours eyes, they are doing in manipulative ways that disguise them as "security measures." The tyrannical elite have the use of media, technology, internet and all the other ways to spread their lies.

    Ron Paul is a beacon of light and truth in the dark chamber of politics. I welcome you to simply listen to him and try to at least understand what he is trying to accomplish. Freedom brings people together!

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. Gregory Woole

    How did the first two comments get approval? I can GUARANTEE neither of the first two commentors can properly recite any of Ron Paul's true stances and not the garbage that they are hearing on a typical news channel.

    It's wonderful that Ron Paul is actually getting some type of coverage on one of his many speeches that consistently draw thousands. He deserves more attention.

    April 22, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. Adam F

    It's funny how these people bashing Ron Paul offer no facts to back up their character assassinating, regurgitated complaints of him or his ideals. "Conservatives" say they want small government and toss around words like "freedom", "liberty" and such. But they need a big government to keep up the constant warfare, while stripping us of our actual freedoms in the name of security. "Liberals" say they want equity and actually do want big government, so, they take your wages and hand them off to someone else because, somehow, you are responsible for someone else's mistakes. Both parties want a large, socialist form of government (the kind where the government takes care of everything because we are all too stupid to take care of ourselves).

    Socialism doesn't work. We saw that last century with the rise of all the totalitarian, collectivist dictatorships around the world. How do socialists get everyone else on board with their plans? They use force (Look at Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist Russia and China). How many people had to die in each country for the system to eventually fail anyway? Billions.

    Stop listening to Fox, CNN, and all the other talking heads of these media outlets. Do the research yourself and make your own opinion. Don't be led like sheep. It's hard to think that myself and all of my veteran brothers and sisters out there fought for suckling, sycophantic sheep like the first two commenters. Go ahead, give up your freedoms one by one. You'll be the helpless, once the system can't pay for your handouts any longer.

    April 22, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. unstableSoL

    Ron Paul supporters surged to victory in yesterday’s Minnesota and Iowa district conventions, dominating the process and picking up more delegates to the Republican National Convention. As reported last week, a number of Romney Hawks are now deeply concerned that Ron Paul has already laid the groundwork for similar success in six more caucus states. Yesterday’s results will only increase their influence inside the Romney camp.

    April 22, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. Julie g

    I'm voting for him

    April 22, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Earl G.

    Wow; if you understood half of what the man said you sheeple wouldn't dare call him a doddering old fool. And even so in calling such names, didn't you know that is exactly what happened to all of the founding fathers? they were called stupid until the suffered through till the end and proved everyone wrong. Ironically Almost all of the narrow minded south were loyalists to the british at that time- and hated our founders......Paul doesn't just appeal to a minority of republicans, but to the majority of independents and also democrats--Add those together and you have a PERFECT WILLING comprimise.

    Ron Paul 2012

    April 22, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  23. raz

    Does anyone feel getting ripped when they are paying around 27-33% income tax? That is the number what an average American is paying. That money is going overseas to prop of Puppet governments. You can not afford basic needs , such as health care plans. Inflation is all time high. People just educate your self. Ron Paul 2012.

    April 22, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  24. Tom Tebow

    Revolution – a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something.

    There is nothing treasonous about that my friends… It’s exactly what this country needs to get headed back in the right direction again… Radical ideas like living by our Constitution and sound monetary and fiscal policy for sustainable long term economic growth.

    4,300 in the pouring rain, the revolution is gaining steam, and It is dangerous… to the STATUS QUO.

    April 22, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  25. Brandon W

    yo this is some funny shiat

    "ron paul is an anarchist"
    "ayn rand ... third rate intellect"
    "chill out old man"

    keep it comin' i've never seen this material before

    April 22, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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