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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  1. Zachary C

    There is nothing neccesarily immoral about Anarchy. Human beings just couldn't handle without letting corrupt, tyrannical-minded people take back over. As you have proven. But anyways, no, he is not an anarchist. Stop overexaggerating and lying because he makes you actually think, and that in turn, scares you.

    Now that, is immoral.

    As of right now, looking at the canidates, if you don't support Ron Paul, then you don't support Freedom. You support some kind of diluted-down, watered-down, deceitful take on it, which is not pure and true. And that's fine: you can be a fascist, you can be a socialist (unless you split hairs about superficial details, in the end both of these are the same) but I would think about it before being so cowardly and wanting others to govern your life for you.

    April 23, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. mancubuss

    I love how people who don't like war are called crazy

    April 23, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Ray H

    Ron Paul has my vote, too.

    April 23, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Paul Revere

    It's all about the Constitution stupid – how outrageous and ridiculous is that – wow

    April 23, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Thanks Eric Casey!

    Well said, mean and spiteful as people can be I don't think Paul cares. He's a tough one alright, look at the deceipt he's dealing with in this primary! A run agains Obama in a general will be brutal. The people of this country are still sucking down their Starbucks Lattes and driving their 4x4s down the freeway – they don't understand this is a version of the revolution, only this time no guns (yet). Stratgic Bob and UhOh should get with the program or find themselves wishing they had when it's too late.

    April 23, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Noblegeorge

    Whether you agree or disagree with all of Ron Paul's views on how society should be run, everyone should respect the very real possibility that he is the only candidate who actually stands for anything- namely personal liberty, peace and a responsible monetary policy. For those of you who dismiss him contemptuosly...maybe you should ask yourself why you oppose him so vigorously when im sure you share these very same beliefs to your core. The truth is you might get some alarming answers.

    Maybe youve been misguided.

    Maybe you care more about the appearance of a candidate and the rhetoric they adopt rather than their voting record.

    Maybe you don't care about changing a foreign policy that has destroyed the lives of literally millions of people around the world.

    Maybe you vehemently defend a system that is doing its very best to pass on the largest burden of debt ever seen onto your next of kin.

    Maybe you are a part of the problem. Sorry, but sometimes the truth hurts. Would love for you to join the fight for liberty.

    April 23, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. RegisteredRepub

    RON PAUL 2012! Down with the Crown!

    April 23, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Stephen B

    It's not that difficult to figure out.

    Mitt Romney is backed by Goldman Sachs
    So is Barack Obama.

    Tough choice, there.

    Ron Paul is backed by everyday people, soldiers, sailors, Marines...and the next generation of Republicans.

    Do your own math...but to me it's obvious which one should be President.

    April 23, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. akira

    please wake up america and elect this man. and if you're leaving negative comments here based on what you've been reading/watching/hearing in the mainstream media, do your country and its future a favor and watch a full ron paul speech to understand what the liberty message is all about.

    April 23, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. Aaron

    I cannot believe some of these heartless (and ignorant) comments on here... Dr. Paul has done, and is doing, more for the People and this nation than anyone could realize. Save the pathetic name-calling to fifth graders why don't you? You'd better hope he wins or we're sunk! God Bless this great American Hero!!

    April 23, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  11. MikeInCarolina

    Ron Paul definitely comes across as more of a genuine, sincere person than Mitt Romney.

    April 23, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. Brownsville

    Thank you CNN, Eric Casey and Derik D for the great reviews. Dr. Ron Paul does have many more delegates than the lame stream media is reporting. I do not understand what these others think their candidates have in store for America! Even Tony Robbins and many economists have come up with the same predictions that Dr. Paul has on balancing the BUDGET and beginning the process of Restoring America. The other candidates think that a plan to do it in 30 or 40 years is acceptable when they do not have any control over the current spending, how are they predicting they are going to control spending long after they leave office. So in other words they only have a shell game planned. ONLY Dr. RON PAUL has the following across party lines, into the independents and undeclared. They only other world the other candidates plan for us is TOTAL CONTROL of OUR LIVES. FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE! Everything you put into your body, or knowledge you seek will have to be pre-authorized by your FEDERAL GOVERNMENT if you VOTE FOR RON PAUL 2012 – it is a vote for INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL LIBERTY!

    April 23, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. todaystomsawyer

    As a 50-something lifelong small government Republican (NOT a corporatist or neo-con), I'll be voting Ron Paul or no-one at all.

    April 23, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. Ahmad

    VOTE RON PAUL! People who experienced the violence our government perpetrates all over the world WANT PEACE!!! VOTE RON PAUL!!!

    April 23, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. Gabriel Robeless

    You folks are grossly misinformed. DR. Paul is mopping up delegates across this great republic. We the young people know that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Look at the words of Thomas Jefferson speaking about the control of our monetary system and a central bank. The R3volution is one of principles. Many great presidents have continued to bear the torch liberty. In the words of Ben Franklin (paraphrased in my own words) " We have given you a Republic.....if you can keep it." Those who are overly prideful or are willfully ignorant do so not only at their own peril but the peril of our entire republic. Freedom and Justice for all! Ron Paul 2012! And GOD BLESS EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD ON THIS PLANET!

    April 23, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Nathalie

    CNN, if that's your way to make up for the 50% of viewers that you've lost this year that try HARDER! You'll give you a second look once you start to fully cover Ron Paul's campaign!

    April 23, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. Mike

    The guy looks more and more evil every week. The eyes are the window to the soul: Paul sold his long ago. Anyone remember him in the 1988's when he used to scream at women on Trash Tv?

    April 23, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  18. Alaskan_Libertrian

    Man there sure are some said individuals who post on here. Tell me another politician that has hard 6800 people come to see a person speak like Ron Paul did in California. The crowds of thousands keep coming cause Americans keep waking up. You must not know anything about politics if your not disgusted by what Bush had done under his administration as well as disgusted and embarrassed by what Obama has done in his. Ron Paul is as American as it gets. Our founding fathers would be proud to finally see an American candidate sticking the the values they wrote, "THE CONSTITUTION.

    April 23, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  19. mattwood1776

    Ron Paul is dead on when it comes to his comparison to the revolution. He is a once in a lifetime person that we are lucky to have with us. The r3VOlution is alive and well! RON PAUL 2012!

    April 23, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. Ed T

    Instead of listening to the garbage the media spits out, those that disagree with his message should use independent research and find out if the candidate you are standing behind can be trusted to run this government with WE THE PEOPLE as their top priority or are special interest groups buying their way. Ron Paul is the only one working for us. WAKE UP AMERICA!!

    April 23, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  21. IA & MN 4 Paul

    Ron Paul has won the delegation for both Iowa and Minnesota in the past week, yet where are all the stories on this amazing news? I know main-stream media doesn't want to cover Paul, but you'd think they would want to cover a couple of huge anti-Romney upsets. I think it's major news that the "presumptive nominee" is losing multiple state delegations. You know that if it were Santorum getting these delegations instead of Paul the MSM would be all over it. Media outlets: do your job!

    April 23, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  22. Mitt loses the midwest!

    Ron Paul has won the Iowa and Minnesota delegations. Where's that story at? You know if it were Santorum that had these upsets CNN would be all over it.

    April 23, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  23. Steve

    Ron Paul is not the crazy one. You people believeing that the status quo is sustainable are the crazy ones. Use your heads for a change.

    April 23, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Cleaner44

    The GOP nomination in August will be something to see. Ron Paul R3VOLUTION meets Tampa!

    April 23, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  25. Christopher McNutt

    I take it that the people with negative comments are disillusioned with our current president and have no idea about the NDAA and the pending EEA. I guess they aren't aware of the current state of our economy, our rapidly rising debt and the devaluation of our dollar. I guess they aren't ware that there aren't any real plans to stop deficit spending and lower our debt. I guess they aren't aware of America's endless wars, nation building and playing world police. I guess they don't know about our tens of thousands of troops who have died over the last decade. I guess they aren't aware that all other candidates support these same policies that have ruined our country. If you don't know any of the above, then I guess Ron Paul and his supporters are crazy and possibly in support of anarchy. If you are aware of your surroundings than maybe he's not.

    April 23, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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