April 28th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
9 years ago

Ron Paul: the revolution lives on


Watch Ron Paul's interview with CNN's John Roberts.

(CNN)— Texas Congressman Ron Paul said Monday his revolution is still alive, and he will not be shut out of the presidential race by the Republican Party.

“We’re trying to say we have a right to argue our case that Republicans ought to stand for something,” Paul told CNN Monday morning. Adding, the need for change is vital, but all three candidates, including John McCain, represent a continuation of the same policy.

A large group of Paul’s supporters managed to bring Nevada’s Republican Convention to a standstill over the weekend after the party tried to exclude The Texas congressman from delegate allocations.

Paul, who never officially dropped out of the Republican presidential race, said he continues to gain support from delegates. “What’s the sense of having a convention if everything is decided?” He did not give any details as to who he might be referring to, or where this new support was coming from.

The congressman has 21 delegates in the latest CNN count. Arizona senator John McCain has 1,331 total delegates, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has 267, and Mitt Romney has 255.

Paul said his views are “very much in tune with being a good Republican,” and traditional GOP values.

Asked if he would encourage his supporters to back McCain, Paul reiterated his views that the two differ on fundamental issues, namely bringing troops home from Iraq.

Paul has said he will use his remaining campaign war chest of roughly $4 million to support candidates who share his vision.

Filed under: John McCain • Ron Paul
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Steve from FL

    Oh Ron Paul, you and your supporters are so delightfully insane. The world's a funnier place with you guys. I sure hope Paulville is as big of a success as the Ron Paul Blimp!

    April 28, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Venus

    Hillary – I HOPE you can take a HINT!

    Time for you to go!

    April 28, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Shin

    I really wish this man was at the forefront of the race. America would do great with him in office.

    SGT, USA

    April 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Uncle Sam

    While I respect Cong. Paul's convictions, I disagree with him about our involvement in Iraq. Although we can debate about the best way to combat terrorism, the threat of radical Islam is real and requires bold and decisive action. It is simply naive and dangerous to think that we can wait this out or negotiate it away. Although that might less costly initially, the long-term consequences would be disastrous. "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

    April 28, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. cj-delhi,ny


    April 28, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. MD

    More and more it is becoming clearer how "arranged" the American politics is.

    The Republican Party has lost me, and I bet there are thousands more out there who have changed affiliation because of McCane being the nominee. I don't think people have the stomach to put up with another 4 years of Bush's rediculus foreign and domestic "policies" under McSame.

    April 28, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Donna HJ...

    It is OUR hudge mistake, that We ignore Ron Paul. This man was right on money. He is the smartest from all REPUBLICAN candidates in this election.. Shame on US, this man deserve recognition. Edwarsd and Poul were ignored , and now We can see how media brain wash US!!!!

    April 28, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Joann

    Hillary and her lies about about winning the popular vote by counting two states that has not been handed to her yet. So you can win the big states – who cares! Obama can do it to!

    No more Clintons in the white house – you had your time. Time to say good bye – nice try! It is over in June for you!

    Howard Dean needs to get a back bone – the spineless wimp . it is time for him to go also!

    April 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat

    Actually, I'd vote for Ron Paul before I'd vote for Hillary!

    April 28, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Cynthia

    Hillary I use to support you, you have put your other side out there. You are a liar and will twist and do anything to win. You will never get another vote from me. Ever!!!!

    April 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Cammi317

    This is great, I can use some excitement. The democratic race has become dull and boring.

    April 28, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Sarah

    I hope that Ron Paul will not help McCain – their views are so far a part!
    rather of seen Ron Paul win than Bush's other puppy dog. McCain is the same as having Bush all over again!

    April 28, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The Republican Party would do well to return to much of what Ron Paul is advocating. Ever since they were hijacked by the far, far right, they've lost touch with the majority of the country and have led the nation down a disastrous road. Come to your senses, GOP, and DUMP THE CURRENT REGIME FOR GOOD!

    April 28, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Robert M., TX

    "Insane"? McCain is the insane one who thinks keeping US troops in Iraq for the next 100 years and beyond (while the federal government continues to rack up future financial liabilities it cannot possibly pay for) is just A-OK.

    April 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Kel from Auburn, AL

    I'd vote for Ron Paul before I vote for Clinton. I really would.

    ABC (Anyone But Clinton) 08!

    April 28, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Gary Mutirwara

    This man needs psychiatric help.

    April 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Anthony-Minneapolis,MN

    GO Ron Paul, GO!!!!! If Obama werent running and you had more exposure and a good shot at the Republican Nomination I would switch in a heartbeat and vote for you without hesitiation.

    April 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. John

    I wish this man were president.

    April 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Ron Paul delegate

    Be sure to write in "Ron Paul" on your ballot when it is time to vote for President.

    April 28, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Portland, OR

    It is a pity that neither of the so called "presumptive" and "mathematically" elected candidates of both parties would hardly match up wih this guy. But he has been pushed aside, ridiculed and yet he continues with his message. I have nothing but admiration for his dedication and belief in his convictions inspite of the odds. We need leaders like this. Not ones who have empty rhetorics. America woud have benefitted greatly from a debate ebtween Dennis K and Ron P. But hey but what can you expect from a country that is sado-masochistic. It elected GWB because he spoke like the "common man" and was a fool. They now will elect Obama because he speaks well and but in the end they will be the "fool". Lol. History is proof enough that countries and kingdoms will continue to self destruct.......

    April 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Ceasars Roman Empire

    I love how CNN readers dismiss Ron Paul but have blind loyalty to McCain, Obama or Clinton. Ron Paul has a plan, hes telling people they cannot continue to live without balancing the budget and getting some structure within our government. Unfortunately, a majority of the US citizens live in a blind bubble. Everything cant be free. Healthcare costs money. Illegial immigration costs money. Ron Paul has business sense to get our country back on the right track. He knows what has to be done and hes willing to do it even if the people are too blinded by Democratic upheaval in their own party. McCain is no Republican. Hes a disaster no different from whats in office now. Either changes have to be made or this country will suffer in the long & short run.

    April 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Ron Paul delegate

    Don't forget to write in "Ron Paul" when voting for president!

    April 28, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Carl

    Republicans wake up... Ron Paul is the only true Republican out there with his idea of smaller government. Do not base your vote on faith, even the founding fathers knew how bad an idea this truly was for a country.

    Also, for those wondering why our dollar is dropping in value, one BIG reason and one BIG elephant in the room is the federal reserve itself. Even the former president that signed it into office, Woodrow Wilson, later wrote the Fed Reserve was the biggest mistake this country had ever made

    I only ask you do some research on the web and books, and you'll be amazed at what you find regarding this institution, which is why Ron Paul has always wanted the bank to be eliminated.

    Since 1913, the value of the dollar has dropped 96% due to inflation. For 100 years prior to the great depression, the value of gold was constant around $21 per ounce, which is what our currency was valued. Now we have gold over $1000 per ounce... what does that tell you about how bad our economy has become?

    April 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. NV Delegate

    Ron Paul supporters did NOT bring the NV state convention to a standstill. An hour after the PARTY pulled the plug and ran from the room, Ron Paul supporters and regular Republicans with no loyalties to any particular candidate were still in the convention hall trying to get a quorum to CONTINUE the convention. Sunday morning, the Ron Paul supporters and regular Republicans were back at the convention hall, ready to get on with the business of the convention.

    I was there and witnessed every minute of it; the convention business was proceeding quickly and smoothly BECAUSE of the Ron Paul supporters. It was the PARTY that cut and ran from the convention hall because the election of delegates was not turning out the way they wanted.

    April 28, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. African American woman- pA

    Paul run as a third party candidate and if Hillary does not win the nomination then I will vote fo you!!!

    I need to vote for someone and I absolutely will not vote for NOBAMA!!!

    It would be amazing to have a third party candidate finally kill our two party system.

    I would really like to learn more about you and see you run for Prez!!!

    Hillary- Paul '08

    April 28, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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