December 7th, 2007
07:06 PM ET
15 years ago

Ron Paul supporters to launch giant blimp

Abbi Tatton takes a look at Ron Paul supporters' latest effort.

The same Ron Paul supporters who hauled in four million dollars in one day online to the Paul campaign have a new plan to boost the Republican candidate – a giant blimp nearly two hundred feet long. Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton takes a look.

- CNN Associate Producer Eric Weisbrod

Filed under: Ron Paul
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  1. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    For the sake of clarity, I'd like to state flatly why so many of us still continue to regard Ron Paul and his movement as a "fringe" candidacy:

    Ron Paul is known as being a die-hard Libertarian, of course. Nothing so much wrong with that, other than the naiveté that usually accompanies extremism in any form. Many Libertarian principles, applied appropriately, have great value – but carry them too far and you create an unrealistic isolationism that cannot survive or cope in a modern world. His approach to many issues is simply unrealistic.

    But the biggest concern – and one which Mr. Paul continually refuses to respond to – is the association of his movement and support it draws from the “conspiracy theory” fringe of nuts and fruitcakes who believe that a vast global conspiracy has been in place for hundreds of years to create a “new world order” that will enslave all true “patriots”, and that 9-11 was an inside job crafted by evil “insiders” in the U.S. government for nefarious purposes of their own. Idiotic stuff, naturally – but it remains the nuts and bolts of Ron Paul’s original base of support. These “true believers” are convinced that Paul is one of them (and he well might be; he won’t say), and they delight in interpreting every statement and nuance of his to fit their own paranoid, narcissistic worldview.

    – And Mr. Paul’s answer to the reality of this situation is: complete silence. He is wise enough to realize that much of the growth from followers he is now attracting would be appalled to be thought of as having any part of such nonsense, but at the same time he wants to hold on to the core of his original supporters who have to subscribe to fairy-tale conspiracies to give meaning to their existence.

    Ron Paul’s followers are continually extolling his perceived qualities of forthrightness and honesty. If Ron Paul were genuinely forthright and honest, he would set the record straight regarding his true opinion regarding his conspiracy theory advocating supporters.

    December 9, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. M Campbell Oklahoma City, OK

    Ron Paul the Howard Dean of the Republican party!

    December 9, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Milo M., Sarasota, FL

    "BE ADVISED: It is going to take more than ridicule to stop the revolution that the Honorable Ron Paul has ignited.
    The boys at the ADL will have to come up with some new tactics and if they cant, they will suffer the consequence of all of their illegal activities and overt acts of treason.

    Justice under the Law is what you are going to recieve; ie. the death penalty; so you need not worry about getting beheaded by Binladen; your biggest problem is going to be with those so called "Homegrown Terrorists" and insurgents who are sick and tired of the defacto communism and are not mistaken as to who the enemy is… You can take that to the bank."

    Is anyone else disturbed by this blatant and violent anti-semitism? For the record, the ADL is a Jewish group that combats anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry; for some reason, this guy is of the opinion that they're engaged in some kind of conspiracy against Ron Paul and should be executed.

    Way too many Ron Paul supporters seem to have this kind of disdain for Jews (sometimes using the term "International Bankers" as a tongue-in-cheek reference). I really don't get it; what do these guys have against Jews?

    December 9, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Mike, NY

    Charles in Salt Lake:

    Paul is extreme? Really? He believes the world would be better with smaller government, probably at all levels, but he's not saying he would (or could) completely destroy all government. There's nothing extreme about wanting to lower taxes and actually balance the budget. And you can keep public education and even institute public health care – just not at the federal level, since it's currently against the law to do so.

    And just because you haven't done enough research doesn't mean Paul has not "set the record straight" concerning conspiracy theories. He has said many times he does not believe the government orchestrated the September 11 attacks, though he does think investigations should be reopened so we can hold those who were negligent that day responsible. He does believe in a general globalist agenda-not a shadowy group or anything, but simply discussion of it-and given that he's spent 20 years in Washington and represents the district of a border state, I assume he has good reason to believe what he does.

    And if he did happen to believe these things, what the hell does that matter? How would that affect his performance in office?

    And trust me, these conspiracy theorists do not make up the base of Paul's support. To say so is an insult to the tens of thousands of everyday people who support the man.

    December 9, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Ian, Eastham MA

    Ok, get your facts right:

    1) A blimp is held aloft by lighter than air elements, in this case helium. A hot air balloon, uses hot air...

    2) The campaign is not paying for this. Ron Paul supporters have come together to create and financially support this idea.

    December 9, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Jake, San Diego CA

    What is wrong with being a Libertarian? People say that Paul is crazy or insane, but since when did following the constitution become insane. Paul supporters don't just support him because he's against the Iraqi war, they support him because he follows the constitution and is for a small federal government.

    The thing people get mixed up is when they hear he wants to cut the Dept of Education, and think this means less money to schools, but that isn't true, schools are funded by local taxes (taxes you pay for your home). The Dept. of Education is just full of bureaucracy and brought us "No Child Left Behind"

    People support Paul because he's Pro- Civil Liberties, for a small federal government, Pro-Constitution, Anti-Illegal aggressive Wars, he has a way to fix health care, a way to fix the economy along with other reasons as well.

    Look him up. He isn't as crazy as the Neo-Cons want you to believe.

    December 10, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  7. Stephanie, San Diego, CA

    Ron Paul DOES back our military. None of the other candidates do. They like to use words like "patriot" and "freedom" but they don't know the meaning. They just know you fools will buy into their crap if they say that stuff. Ron Paul IS a patriot and really does believe in freedom, AND supports our military 100%...maybe thats why he gets more donations from vets, active military, etc. than any of the other candidates. Do your research. Oh yeah, there's a Ron Paul meetup group in Baghdad....look it up to see who the members are.

    December 10, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Sarah, San Diego, CA

    FYI: Ron Paul's HQ has absolutely nothing to do with the blimp. A group of supporters raised money to put it in the air; not a single cent came from the official campaign.

    Also, to the people saying he's anti-military... he's a former Air Force flight surgeon! Sheesh.

    December 10, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Have you actually heard Ron Paul's followers, er uh, I mean his "disciples?"

    "And on the eighth day, Ron Paul said, "Let there be derrigibles." And there were. And it was good."

    I don't know what's scarier... the insanity and blind devotion of Ron Paul's holy disciples, or a decrepit political environment that would allow Ron Paul to appear as a viable candidate.

    At any rate, I'm not terribly worried about it... there was a time when Moonies and Hari Krishnas seemed relevant. too. "Dum Maro Dum!"

    December 10, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Jake, San Diego CA

    It's not about Ron Paul, it's about the message. I support freedom, the constitution, small government, lower taxes, and bringing the troops.

    Does that make me crazy?

    What I find crazy is promising to have all the socialist ideas that will cost billions upon billions of dollars with no way to pay for it. The dollar is getting weaker every day and yet only Ron Paul offers the way to fix this problem.

    December 10, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Russ of Michigan

    Correct, Jake.
    The message is strong.

    So strong in fact, that Ron Paul has support groups in over 31countries [27 more than anyone else ] , over 80,000 more volunteers than anyone else, people from nearly every country on the planet are in his corner and with NO lobbyists or PAC's raising money – RP volunteers outraised every candidate in the last quarter of 07' , and gains in polls once people hear his name and message.

    Interesting as well; All but a few candidates have actually LOST volunteers. A couple of the losers are Obama [lost over 2000 of his 5000] & Hillary [lost over 1000 of her 2000]. I wonder where they went? [grin] Others, such as Guliani and Romney don't have enough [less than 50] to be noteworthy.

    My information: infiniteronpaul*com/meetupmaps
    and: whowouldtheworldelect*com

    !!PS: Milo M., from Sarasota: I believe, from what I see whithin what you have written, that it was YOU that wrote both posts in order to slander both Paul and his supporters.
    It – Won't – Work – Any – More!

    January 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. EJ in Tucson

    Dr. Paul is the only presidential candidate who wants to end the war NOW, bring the troops home from all over the world NOW, abolish the illegal IRS, dismantle the CIA, keep the government out of our bedrooms and lives and much, much more. Since the main stream media is controlled by the bad guys he gets left out of polls; ignored when he raises millions of dollars from poor people in one day; not invited to debates, etc. The Blimp and the Ron Paul Air Corps is being paid for by his supporters, not him. People who want our Republic and Constitution back are behind Dr. Paul. Fools who think things will be any better with any of the other candidates make fun of him.

    January 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. OneTuza

    It is clear that RP supporters are strong on the internet, but how are we going to reach the baby boomers and old folks who just don’t spend time on the internet? (I, at almost 62, think I am certainly in a minority of computer literate boomers.) RP gets so little media coverage that I would imagine a lot of them write him off as a kook for the brief sound bites they get of his statements about getting rid of the Federal Reserve and the IRS. It seems to me there needs to be a campaign of mass snail mailings and a directing of them towards Aaron Russo’s documentary, “America, From Freedom To Fascism”, available at, so their eyes can be opened. Just a note regarding Independents. I am frustrated when I see Lou Dobbs, someone who I believe is fighting the good fight, convincing people to switch their party affiliation to Independent. This is not going to help RP in the Republican primaries. I only hope that if he fails to get the nomination, he will run as an Independent.
    Wake up America! WE THE PEOPLE need to take back our Republic!

    January 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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