Paul loyalists say 'we can do better'
August 27th, 2012
04:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Paul loyalists say 'we can do better'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A small but enthusiastic group of Ron Paul supporters Monday gave an early indication of the presence they hope to have at this week's Republican convention.

After the gavel closed a shortened session Monday afternoon, two dozen supporters of the Texas congressman congregated under a large sign on the convention floor reading "We can do better."

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While the banner, hung by convention organizers, was a criticism of President Barack Obama, the Paul supporters were tweaking the message.

Standing below it, the crew held their own signs from the former 2012 presidential candidate's failed bid, suggesting a tweak at the GOP establishment: that the party would be better off with Paul than Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee.

One convention official told CNN that organizers are not overly concerned about disruptions from Paul's loyal band, noting that the group, which chanted briefly by the sign, was dwarfed by the thousands of Romney supporters who will fill the hall this week. The RNC announced plans to run a video tribute to Paul at the convention.

Besides, the official asked, what would a political convention be without at least some dissent.

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Filed under: 2012 • Republican National Convention • Ron Paul
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Liam

    " the grew held their own signs"
    "dwarfed by the thousands af Romney supporters"

    Is this website edited by the mentally challenged?

    August 27, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    Anyone is better than the tax cheating nominee.

    August 27, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    We certainly could have done better if the GOP/Teatrolls weren't such a massive cancer of infantile, ideological obstruction and setting everything up to fail just so they can say 'see, look, gov't is teh brokens!"


    August 27, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    "We can do better."

    Than Willard? YES WE CAN.

    August 27, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    Such FAKE LIERS, repuks are sooooooooooooooooooooo disgusting.

    August 27, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    Somebody light up a joint.... they'll all drop their signs and come running for a hit. Problem solved.

    August 27, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. myviewis

    I think it's wonderful that Ron Paul supporters feel they can express their support for him at the convention, they can stand their ground, unlike Hillary Clinton who at the Democratic convention had to support Obama and her supporters were not able to support her at the convention but had to move their support to Obama.

    August 27, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    i will have my chores done and the popcorn ready! This could get real interesting!

    August 27, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. drake mallard

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future

    what Washington insiders eventually work for lobby firms daily promoting powerful interests is now a given. We the People that once ran government, maybe a hundred years ago, has become โ€œThemโ€ the People.

    August 27, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. sayer

    They're right, the GOP could do a whole lot better, but they chose the draft dodging, tax evading, flip flopping liar with no foreign policy experience.

    August 27, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. John Prewitt

    Really?? Really???!!!! They have the nerve to post a debt clock??? How many of those Republicans voted in favor of raising the debt ceilling and how many times have they voted so????? What an insult to the intelligence of the American voter and what an insult their Goldman/Sachs candidate is as well!!!! RON PAUL CAN AND WILL DO BETTER!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. nothing new here

    Granted, there are times that I have not agreed with everything Ron Paul has stated over the years....
    However, I highly commend Ron Paul and his supporters, for standing for something besides political pandering. I strongly believe that the future of this country lies with this group. These are people that are willing to embrace good fiscal policies, less wars, and more personal freedoms for ALL Americans.
    Thank you, Ron Paul, for keeping the hope and dream alive for us Independent/Libertarian voters.
    Thank you.

    August 27, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. ll

    Dern right, this country can do better than Romney/Ryan.

    August 27, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Maurice Carriere

    you mean what would a convention be without cheating? Ron Pauls support from our troops and We the people are the ones who crush the neo con elite support of the 1%! Ron Pauls rallies across the nation have slaughtered Romney in numbers but CNN hasn't reported that now have they?

    August 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. nothing new here


    Somebody light up a joint.... they'll all drop their signs and come running for a hit. Problem solved.
    Perhaps you will be willing to pick up the $$$$$$ tab for the next "War on Drugs"?
    BTW, Ron Paul is correct. The war on drugs is a sham. An expensive one at that.

    August 27, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. BlkPwr817

    To bad is wasn't all the way Extreme Right like the GOP wouldv'e wanted. He has a lot more to say than Romney/Ryan. Don't think he would stoop to all the LIES like the Romney either. It's ashame that doing better is not what the GOP is about this election...

    August 27, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. McMuffin

    Only a little bit longer 'til the end of.......

    August 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. columbus

    They are wasting their time, and Ron Paul let them down, he should have run as a libertarian rather than try to reform the GOP. He had his chance to begin a revolution towards reforming Washington and light the flame for a solid third party, it's our only salvation. Unfortunately, Ron Paul will not be the "Che" of this revolution.

    August 27, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    It started during the Republican primary debates. When none of the GOP candidates came to the defense of the soldier. As a vet that told me not one of them would be there for the troops. As I've watched and listened to Mitt's words and his silences and delayed responses. I have come to the conclusion that he would be a weak president that would hand the reins of the White House over to extremists. Boehner tried that in the House and jut look at what a disaster that turned out to be. No, no time for the extremist to go.

    August 27, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. anoel2005

    hey Paul supporters, you're fiscal hawks. You have a choice, i.e. Obama or Romney.

    Romney is the closest you'll get to your own ideas.

    August 27, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco can do better. Next time pick someone wiho isn't afraid to show his or her tax returns. Add in a VP running mate who won't dismantle Medicare and Social Security.

    August 27, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    You want equal rights for even those lowly women that gave birth to you or your kids? Vote Obama. He isn't taking away anyone's right to free will given by GOD.

    August 27, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls loyalists say "just tell us who to vote for!"

    August 27, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Randy, San Francisco can do better. Next time pick someone wiho isn't afraid to show his or her tax returns.
    You talk about tax returns. Actually, I expect the main theme of the Democratic Convention will be about tax returns. Obama and Biden lose on all of the real issues the American voter is concerned about. Republicans will talk about the economy, jobs, national debt and saving healthcare. And Democrats will look petty in comparison.

    August 27, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Ron Paul Revere

    Wow, what a slanted article. We are all RON PAUL now Politicalticker, and we see how Truth gets twisted. Retire well Dr. Paul, We got it covered now. Thanks for waking us up sir. You WILL be in the history books. We're not done, we haven't but just begun.

    August 27, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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