August 11th, 2007
01:10 PM ET
14 years ago

The Ron Paul parade

AMES, Iowa (CNN) - While Texas Rep. Ron Paul is registering in the low single digits in national polls, his supporters Saturday sought to pump up the volume on his candidacy in this college town that is hosting the Iowa Republican Party sanctioned straw poll.

A parade of supporters carrying signs and an American flag has been parading around the Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University shouting out his name. They are even marching by the tents of his opponents in an apparent effort to add to their parade.

Earlier in the day, Paul's campaign told reporters his wife was rushed to an Iowa hospital. The campaign did not say what happened, but noted she had stabilized. A veteran member of the House of Representatives, Paul has distinguished himself from his GOP opponents by calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Iowa • Ron Paul
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Scott Ziering, Paso Robles CA

    First they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then they attack you, then you win-Gandhi

    I believe people in the streets represents public opinion better than a "scientific" telephone poll. Glad to see its at least being reported on this site.
    I'm predicting all the Ron Paul supporters are about to "spam" the voting booths in person. Then maybe the main stream will acknowledge how much support Ron Paul really has.

    August 11, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Julius Beasley, Greenville NC

    God Bless Ron Paul, this coming from someone who despises organized religion

    August 11, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. m

    GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Libertarian Whacko, Internet, USA

    I believe my own delusions rather than any “scientific” things I don’t understand. Why pay attention to “facts” or “reality” when we can trust internet polls and anecdotes?

    The last time Ron Paul ran for President (in 1988) he got .47% of the vote. If the mainstream media would just give him a chance he could double that this year.

    Ron will blow the lid off the 9/11 Area 51 alien cospiracy and usher in a thousand years of peace and goodness. When Ron is elected he will ban taxes, abortions and wars and we’ll all get big bags of free weed!


    August 11, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Bracken, San Diego, California

    Isn't this the guy who told his supporters to jump on the Romney buses and vote instead for him? So with all the help from the Romney camp, how did he end up? Did he send Romney a thank you note for giving his campaign a boost, or is he just the type who likes to use other people to give him a boost? It doesn't sound like he would make a good president.

    August 11, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Bryan, Des Moines, Iowa

    To Braken in San Diego...No, Ron Paul did not tell his supporters to jump on Romney buses. It is not Ron Paul's character to tell his supporters to DO anything. His message is one of freedom. You have the right to do as you please, even if he doesn't agree with long as it doesn't hurt anyone. Personally I would feel uncomfortable riding on a Romney bus...but if someone did, and they voted for Ron Paul, so what?
    I think before you throw an accusation at a person, please give a reference to verify your assertion.
    I heard Romney said he was pro-choice, then pro-life, and now he says it's a State Right. Is that a 'so what?'
    Ron Paul has stated for 30 years he's pro-life and hasn't moved from this position his entire political career. Ending the Iraq pro-life in my estimation.

    August 12, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    Here it is...a Ron Paul ticker article and only 6 responses all day. Is that the extent of his support? I would have expected to see hundreds of comments posted judging from the cries of media bias his supporters seem so quick to unleash.

    August 12, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. ben huntsville, mo.

    Ron Paul is a man of few words, but his message is clear, freedom and individual rights of Americans'. I don't know exactly what the comment about blowing the lid off the 9/11 and area 51 conspiracy is all about and i'm positive Ron Paul doesn't either. But what i'm sure about is that Dr. Paul is for keeping America safe and most of all the People Of the U.S.A, by keeping enfringing gov. off our backs and to represent our voices in Washington.. that includes you Anderson Cooper. now go to and donate time and especially money to his campaign thankyou.

    August 13, 2007 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  9. hawnstyle

    ron paul? isn't he the guy who starred in Lord of the Rings? the only way he can win is by jumping on the Romney bandwagon like those tiny little fish that swim along side a shark and feed on the leftovers... ron paul is a looooooooser... GO ROMNEY!!!!!!

    August 13, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  10. Chris, FL

    I'm in! When are we having a parade in Florida???

    August 13, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Danny C 24yr Maryville Tn

    Once again. thanks cnn for semi supporting ron paul. This is the beginning of things to come. The revolution has begun. Many of my friends and people around my town support ron paul too. I see the signs in yards when i drive and on peoples car in support of Ron Paul. He has my full and total support and our local radio station owner here supports him too and plugs his name A LOT too. Which increases his exposure. Thanks CNN and Harry at WBCR 1470am maryville Tn. Kudos
    RON PAUL 08'

    August 13, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Jim Lundberg, San Diego, CA/Chicago, IL

    I believe this parade was a defining moment in the Ron Paul rEVOLution. It actually put fear in the faces of the other camps, as they had already witness the domination in the sign wars. Romney and Brownback had people pulling out Ron Paul signs and we were just putting Ron Paul signs between theirs, but still overwhelmed them. Then we had 10 times as many people standing with signs, some with Texas size signs (5×12) that dwarfed all others, and won the war of signs. But the march put us over the top.

    August 14, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  13. Rasmus Leslau, Lexington, NC

    To be exact, Ron Paul is not 'in the low single digits in national polls' but 'in the low single digits in likely GOP primary voters' (computed with so-called correction factors by the polling companies adjusted according to the experiences of previous years).

    That is a big difference, because the polling institutions have to guess how many of the ca. 1000 persons they call on landlines will actually vote in GOP primaries and caucuses.

    Nobody knows the real percentage of support for Ron Paul, but he won several state straw polls in a row and also the latest Fox News phone poll after the recent NH debate with 33% (Huckabee 2nd with 18%, Giuliani 3rd with 15%).

    September 10, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |