November 10th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
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Supporters rally for Ron Paul

Supporters rally for Rep. Ron Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Despite the chilly weather, about 1,500 supporters for Ron Paul for President gathered Saturday afternoon for a rally in Philadelphia.

In his speech at Independence Mall, the GOP congressman from Texas spoke off-the-cuff about the growing momentum of his campaign and touched upon familiar topics such as abolishing the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Service and ending the war in Iraq.

The rally was held to honor some 250 veterans present, ahead of the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, as well as to spread Dr. Paul's gospel to the Philadelphia area.

The event kicked off to the music of country music star and veteran himself, Rockie Lynn, and closed with the chants and cheers from the crowd of all ages after Paul gave his colorful speech.

The Ron Paul Revolution raised a few eyebrows in Washington earlier in the week when it announced Monday that it raised $4.3 million in just 24 hours.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Chris, Pensacola FL

    What I find strange is the obvious endless supply of jabs at Paul lately. Either these fools that speak negatively of Paul work for another campaign and are scared of Pauls success or have no candidate to support and instead of embrassing democracy, mock it and destroy the country.

    You negative posters aren't worth mentioning by name, but you are vile and have no respect for your elders. I'd give you a smack down if I knew you in person. You need to respect everyone regardless of their political leanings.

    I challenge you to turn your negative, false, worthless postings into positive feedback for what Paul could do better or support for another candidate. After all, come Jan 2009 you'll have a new president. Who are you behind?

    November 11, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Finally, a realist, whether a democrat or a republican is unimportant, but A REALIST who actually believes in our constitution is getting a little air time.

    November 11, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Nov Iowa Poll
    Candidate Iowa%
    Rudy Giuliani 11.0
    John McCain 8.0
    Fred Thompson 10.0
    Mitt Romney 31.0
    Mike Huckabee 15.0
    Ron Paul 4.0
    Tom Tancredo 3.0
    Duncan Hunter 1.0
    Other(vol.) 17.0
    New Hampshire
    American Research Group
    Mitt Romney 30%
    Rudy Giuliani 23%
    John McCain 17%
    Mike Huckabee 7%
    Fred Thompson 5%
    Ron Paul 1%
    Tom Tancredo 1%
    Duncan Hunter 1%
    Unsure 15%
    National Nov. 2007 Sept. 2007

    Giuliani 33% 30%
    McCain 16% 15%
    Thompson 15% 23%
    Romney 11% 10%
    Huckabee 8% 4%
    Paul 4% 2%
    Hunter 2% 1%
    Tancredo 2% 1%
    Unsure 10%

    We've all listened to Libertarian proposals during many presidential campaigns. They seem naive to say the least. I am not willing to hand the nation over to Libertarians to experiment with when I believe that their ideas lack any merit. Most Americans agree on that, if on nothing else.

    November 11, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. TO AZ

    Anybody that would not support Ron Paul who is for our constitutional rights!
    Against a socialist driven war!
    Then you don't support the men and women that have died for your freedom. Wake up America!
    Ron Paul 2008.....YEAH

    November 11, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    Not a very flattering photo...makes him look a little like Dumbledore. His platform is more Libertarian than Republican...his economic theories don't have any proponents–alive anyway. Since he really isn't a wizard–I don't believe his mind and will are going to be enough to get rid of the institutions and logic our nations economy run on. But it will make an interesting side-show, and hopefully split the Republican vote enough to ensure a Democratic victory!

    November 11, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Mark G., BBH, ME

    What it comes down to, is that every other candidate will be more of the same, and from my seat on the couch that is right down the wrong path, one which steals our very nation from us whilst we sleep.

    Follow the money and open your eyes to the deception, we the people demand emancipation, one which we are suppose to be invested with, but has been stolen in the night.

    Fear not your neighbor, but love them with all your might, and the world shall surely be a better place.

    watch and learn sons of the republic, a man speeaks truth to you, are you listening?

    November 11, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Melissa, Dallas, TX

    I was at that rally! It was so amazing! I flew in that morning (on flight number 1776 no less!).

    WOO!! Ron Paul has my vote!

    November 11, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Jacque Bauer

    According to R. Paul the US has never been attacked on our soil!! Duh! Let's get back to the serious business of electing a qualified person for President. Looney gadfly pretenders like Paul and Kucinich should get back in their spaceships and return to Planet Remulak.

    November 11, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We can all agree with what Ron Paul says, and he has some good points. The problem is there would be no Congress to support him.

    November 11, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. xf

    Five draft deferment Cheney is getting ready to move to Dubai when RP wins in 2008!

    November 11, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Darryl Schmitz, St. Johns, MI

    Exactly. He will act as the check on Congress and Congress will act as the check on him. Just the way the Constitution requires it to be.

    November 11, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "Five draft deferment Cheney is getting ready to move to Dubai when RP wins in 2008!" – Posted By xf

    xf, You did not provide us with your military branch and years of service. I was a draftee during the years that Mr. Cheney was being deferred, though I did not serve in Vietnam.

    We were all trying to get deferments back then, including the Young Republicans and political Conservatives. You see, it is much better to be the one who gives speeches about our noble dead heroes than to be the dead hero himself. We all pretty much agreed on that.

    If any of you reading this are in your thirties now and you are the first-born in your family, you may well have been a deferment baby. A lot of quickly arranged marriages were followed nine months later with an eight-pound, bouncing baby deferment. Those with a deferment were much more likely to support the war in Vietnam.

    November 11, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. DefendTheConstitution

    Hey Terry in El Paso, Libertarian minded folk founded this country – the land of Liberty! The problems we face today as a nation are the fascist group of Neo-conservatives that are spending the money of Americans and sending Americans to war for their personal profit. $10 trillion debt?! Now they want to nuke Iran!

    Hello??!! Is anybody home Terry?!!

    November 11, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Jon Searles, East Hartford, CT

    I was at the rally and recorded the whole thing from above the crowd.

    I can tell you that at the 1PM start time there may have only been about 1,500 people actually standing on the mall. Most of the rest were still out in the city and filtering in.

    As my video shows, by the time Ron Paul spoke around 2PM the crowd had at least doubled in size.

    To address the question of whether they were there for the veterans, Rockie Lynne, or Ron Paul, well, the answer is simple. The vets were being honored as well as honoring RP themselves for his record of being the only candidate who has fought consistently for them. Rockie Lynne was there to honor Ron Paul. The crowd was awash in signs and homemade banners in support of the good Doctor Paul.

    If you didn't go, well that's a shame. I was there and I saw thousands of equals sharing in a fight for their freedom. I invite you to come along next time.

    November 11, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. Z, St. Louis, MO

    Ron Paul has some good ideas and comes
    off as someone that is trying to get
    more in the middle.. Sadly, he had
    hitched his star to the loony
    christian right nutjobs in the past,
    and i cant get past that. His close
    affiliation with Pat Robertson
    instantly turns my stomach! And it
    seems very hypocritical to talk about
    liberty and freedom and limited
    government, and from the other
    side of the mouth talk about limiting
    womens right to control their body.
    That comes off as hypocritical.

    November 12, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Jessica, KY

    You have my vote Dr. Paul!

    You have cured my apathy!

    RON PAUL 2008!!!

    November 12, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Ron Paul is as kooky as his photos. Seriously – does he think he will EVER get elected with a libertarian platform? Legalize drugs, exit UN – WTO – NATO – Etc, close down FBI CIA Homeland Security and most other "Government Agencies".

    Actually he does make shopping for Christmas much easier. I plan on giving out a 9×12 Glossy photo to my relatives. I think they will much more appreciate the picture of a fruitcake than actually getting one.

    November 12, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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