For Paul's true believers, a study in American optimism
April 26th, 2012
07:58 AM ET
3 years ago

For Paul's true believers, a study in American optimism

Philadelphia (CNN) – Darryl Williams and Benjamin Kline were shivering before the speech even started, their black umbrella no match for the steady rain and brisk Philadelphia wind. Even as water hit their faces, though, they were smiling, excited at the thought of seeing Ron Paul.

Williams and Kline are true believers. They are two men who in spite of political reality and weather still come out to support their "ideal candidate." They don't care that many have crowned Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee or that it is now mathematically impossible for Paul to win the Republican nomination before the convention. They just know who they support.

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  1. Marlee

    Apparently Dr. Paul knows delegate math. I never contracted a proxy it is forced on me! Money talks and the poor walk.

    April 26, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. s.s

    I have maximum respect for Ron Paul!! this is the only Conservative politician who doesn't change with where the wind is blowing. He stands for something greater than self yet down to earth no wonder the Republican establishment hate him so much because he is not convenient like Gingrich.

    April 26, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Nobodies Pon

    Question? how does he have all these people behiind him but no votes. Speaks to way larger crowds than any of the other canidates,but when its time too vote he barely gets over 10% of the vote.It seems their are a lot of people make over 100k because thats who votes from Romney.Really the numbers dont add up

    April 26, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. NameSandra Eddy

    1) I believe what I was taught as a child. This IS SUPPOSED TO BE a country where the government is of and by and for the people. It never has been, but should be.

    2) In the fact that a majority is supposed to rule, you waste your vote if you use it to follow your committment to a non-establishment candidate, so you must pick one of the two closest to your principles.

    April 26, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Diehards – I give them credit for that!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    April 26, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Listening to Hatzakos talk about where he agrees with Paul is like listening to the candidate's greatest hits album. Ending the Fed, cutting the deficit, no foreign entanglements, repealing the National Defense Authorization Act - Hatzakos mentioned all of them."

    Paul has not told anyone how he would cut spending by $1 trillion.
    Paul has not told his supporters that ending the Fed would make foreign trade next to impossible.
    Paul has not told his supporters that he would isolate the US in all aspects.
    Paul has not told his supporters that repealing the NDA means shutting down Department of Defense, the Pentagon, and the entire US military. The NDA is the annual piece of legislation that funds all of those aforementioned entities.

    April 26, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. s

    this supports are just a stuipd as the gingrich supports, they really don't live in reality

    April 26, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Too bad those "true believers" can't admit how badly Ron Paul sold them out this year. He's been the biggest disappointment in the GOBP cult primary.

    April 26, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I think they are all delusional optimists.

    April 26, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Internet Child

    Look! Honorable, non-insane Paul supporters!

    April 26, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |