Paul loyalists say 'we can do better'
August 27th, 2012
04:35 PM ET
2 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. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Dr. Paul please don't sell out!

    August 27, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. PISSED OFF TAX PAYER

    hey you republicants i have a few things to say if your up to reading them and maybe understand them....///?? you all say the dems are taking all the free rights from all of us..ok here it goes are you ready 1 repubs want to take away medicare,social security,healthcare for all if YOU choose to buy into it. Doesent it seem kinda funny WE THE PEOPLE PAY FOR THERE HEALTHCARE,THERE INCOME THERE TRIPS THE GAS THAT IS PUT INTHERE VEHICLES ALL PAYED BY OUR TAXES....... WE PAY THEM THEY WORK FOR US even tell you if you are a woman what you can and cannot do with your body..SO STOP THE SMALL TALK GET TO WORK FOR US OUR YOUR ALL FIRED...SERIOUSLY PEOPLE YOU GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR .......... I WANT A REFUND......

    August 27, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. mech4nized

    RON PAUL woke me up.

    August 27, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Xavier

    Dr. Ron Paul can do a better job than Romney or Obama

    August 27, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012

    Romney and the GOP big wigs treat Ron Paul supporters like uninvited guess.

    August 27, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. RandyF

    Only problem is Ron Paul doesn't believe in we. So it should read I can do better.

    August 27, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Everyone knows Ron Paul is not what the GOP wants, he will never be POTUS, that said, everyone knows all of you complaining will still vote for Willard, because you hate President Obama. Stop fronting.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 27, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Patrick

    Chris Matthews says it best, google "Matthews: Romney is ‘one of the bad guy" and watch Chris Matthew rip Romney apart.

    August 27, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. nkd

    Obama has a brother living in the slums in a third world country..thats a FACT and no one wants to address it ?? ANYONE is better then him. If he wont help him what makes you think he really cares about you?? This election it is not for Romney its AGANST odumo bum who does not care about anyone but himself!!

    August 27, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Pete

    Hey Paul,is that a group picture,the "whole group".Say its over and quit being a stubborn old man.Come back next election we'll give ya cake and a pretty female model to sit in your lap,no viagra please,its health reasons....

    August 27, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Ryan/Romney Kill Medicare Team 2012
    Romney and the GOP big wigs treat Ron Paul supporters like uninvited guess.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________
    Not at all. Ron Paul has brought an excellent message to this campaign but certainly Republicans have decided that Mitt Romney is the best guy to beat Obama and be a great President. And he will. But he is honoring Ron Paul at this convention and that's great to see. It is obvious that the supporters of Ron Paul and their input are a welcome part of the Republican party.

    August 27, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. The Rombach Report

    American ingenuity at its best!

    August 27, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Tom

    I the majority of Dr. Paul's ideas. They seem to be a no brainer. Audit the fed, no brainer. Bring troops home, end the drug war, make social security and medicare optional, no brainer. The only people who wouldn't vote for those things are benefiting from the current broken system.

    August 27, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Larry L

    @Four and The Door

    "I expect the main theme of the Democratic Convention will be about tax returns."
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Americans must ask themselves why Romney expects us to trust him when he won't trust us with a glimpse of his financial ethics? The people that Bain Capital threw in the street with no pensions trusted Romney. How did that work out?

    Romney knows nobody would vote for him if they see the truth – otherwise he'd dearly love to make the Democrats look foolish for the challenge. He's guilty of something really unethical or completely dishonest.

    August 27, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Reader

    Ron Paul is not a former candidate. His campaign is not a failed campaign. It's not over 'til it's over. Stop slanting the message. Ron Paul would be the GOP nominee with a fair media and debate commission.

    August 27, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Wake up AMERICA. Everything about Romney is Fraud. Don't be in denial. Look around.

    August 27, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Be Cool

    "...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."

    Meaning there weren't thousands there yet.

    Face it, the media can claim Romney has the support, but all he has is money. Most of those Romney supporters aren't even enthusiastic about him.

    August 27, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. us_1776

    The point is that nobody associated with the GOP can do better.

    Obama saved the country
    from another Great Depression, rebuilt GM, reformed healthcare, reformed Wall
    Street, doubled the stock market, created 12 straight quarters of GDP growth,
    created 29 straight months of private sector job growth, got Bin Laden, got Gaddafi,
    and got us out of Iraq.

    And now with the
    automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts in 2012, Obama
    has solved the deficit problem as well.

    Obama has done a very good job.

    .

    August 27, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Larry L

    @Xavier

    Dr. Ron Paul can do a better job than Romney or Obama
    ---------------------------------------------------–
    Is the question "who can do a better job of energizing unsophisticated, low-information voters who expect simplistic solutions for complex problems"? If that's the question you may be correct in selecting Paul! However, Romney does well in areas where inbreeding produces the majority of the population and those folks also have little appreciation for the challenges of a global economy. It could be close!

    August 27, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. SidecarJoe

    The ideals of Ron Paul are the only hope for this country. The problem is that the general public doesn't want it because it means they'll have to take responsibility for their decisions and have to work hard to get what they have. The media doesn't want him because he doesn't bow to their whims. The government doesn't want him because he wants to cut government down to what it was originally meant to be. It's no surprise that he won't be president... with so many powerful groups against him. Unfortunately he is the only hope. If Obama gets in we're done... in 4 years they'll be reading the korran in public schools and teaching about how its good to be getting paid from the government and how all corporations are evil. If Romney gets in then it will just be more of the same. It's a shame. America had a good run in it's time. The Golden Age of America is over and will be remembered in history books along side such great civilizations as Rome and Greece.

    August 27, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. BKK

    I was very disappointed that Ron Paul was not given a fair shake by media outlets, including CNN. They always had some other darling candidate, none of whom ended up winning anyway even with media help! I think in the end people only resorted to Romney because too few people understood what Ron Paul stood for because no one bothered to cover it; no one even asked him questions at the debates it seemed.

    August 27, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Michael

    Yes, since the GOP doesn't really like romney anyway. Though they will tell you until their blue in the face they do...remember this is the party of No.

    Obama 2012.

    August 27, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    You know, these Ronbots pretty much qualify as a cult at this point.

    August 27, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Sal

    America can not recognize the truth anymore.

    We have the real deal in Romney and Ryan.

    Obama / Biden will likely win in 2012 but USA will be bankrupt in less than 4 short years.

    August 27, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. spanglish

    We need Obama out period

    August 27, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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