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.

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soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Steve is insane

    Steve from FL April 28th, 2008 10:17 am ET
    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!


    Have you ever read the US Constitution and read about our founding fathers in their ideas of "democracy?" Ron Paul supporters believe in him because he's the only politician left with a backbone in this country and stands up for that document. Do me a favor and look up federal reserve, founding fathers, gold vs dollar, inflation, etc...

    and many questions you have about our rut in the economy will be simply answered.

    Our democracy is lost in this country. We need to find a way to bring it back...

    April 28, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Chewbacca

    I like Ron Paul.
    He is the only Republican Candidate that has international fan clubs in Europe, Austrailia, South America, etc.

    Can't say the same for McCain.

    April 28, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Ian

    That's fine if you want to ridicule Ron Paul. But please, when the country finally collapses, please don't blame the administration you chose to elect.

    April 28, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Independent

    Please don't let Hillary Clinton find out about this. Seriously, I don't think I can stand it if she continues competing AFTER Obama has already won the nomination.

    April 28, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Ian

    That's fine if you want to ridicule Ron Paul. But please, when the country finally collapses, please don't blame the administration you chose to elect.

    April 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Liberal Bruce

    Ron Paul, the new Ross Perot. If you are indeed a republican, then you may wish to see a republican in office. I encourage you to stay in the race until the bitter end. All you will accomplish is to pull a few votes away from John McCain, and improve the chances of a democrat taking the presidency. Run to your hearts content, spend the war chest, and please do not send any of that money to the republican party to ensure they have adequate funds for the race.

    April 28, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Thinking

    "The democratic race has become dull and boring." someone posted.

    Well...don't you worry, the media will convert a mouse into a elephant and distract the candidates from the real issues.

    April 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Jed in Texas

    I think its funny, because hes the only true Republican running and the so-called republicans dont know it.Haha.I call the rest of them the Credit Card Republicans.

    April 28, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. mike

    Ron Paul, if you are not the Republican nominee, please run as a 3rd party candidate.

    April 28, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Shelly Carson

    Ron Paul is the best. Unfortunately, he is too smart for the american public.


    April 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    Uncle Sam, why don't you go serve in Iraq.... if you have not noticed, we are creating way more terrorists then we are killing...
    Iraq needs to fight it own civil war, when it is over the winner will chase out the terrorists.. Just like there was non before we invaded Iraq there will be non after, they cant survive when living is going up, economy is good

    Go Ron Paul

    April 28, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Saint Paul

    I Love RON PAUL!!!!!!! We deserve better someone like him if not him. Sorry but it is (NOT) Hillary or Obama. We need sweeping drastic change NOW!!!!! I will stand by my heart and write in Dr. Paul. WAKE UP! Brothers and Sister we will not survive this storm if we dont.

    April 28, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Aaron

    God, I love this guy.....not everything about his policies, but almost. The fact is, is that I don't want a 100 year war/policing the world policy or a welfare state...so that leaves me with Paul, who simply wants to us to follow the constitution. Why is this a bad thing? Please, Dr. Paul, found a new party and run!

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Tom Eyemdaman

    Ron Paul is shouting at the rain.

    While I admire his spirit, McCain could drop out of the race altogether and Paul, being the only one left, still wouldn't be the nominee.

    While espousing conservative principles (most of which I agree with!) he also wants to cut and run from Iraq and ignore the radical Islamic jihad against the US and our Allies. This is something that cannot and should not be ignored lest we be hit with more terroist attacks on our soil.

    McCain 08

    April 28, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. P. Faith

    It is so funny to me that people take the time out of their day to come and post here to declare that Ron Paul is insane, as far as I can see those who are insane are those who consistently repeat the same mistakes each time expecting to achieve different results. Examples?
    George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and even the indomitable Barack Obama are all guilty of this "insanity" yet America still votes these types of people. I guess the real question is, are Americans really as insane as the rest of the world believes we are?

    April 28, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Frank, San Diego

    If he's so devoted to his principles, he should run as an independent. Nothing will reform a party quicker than seeing a major element break off. He could change the political dynamic for a generation, if he just has the will to do it.

    April 28, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Grif

    A revolutionist?? Or just another Jerk....

    April 28, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. hrp

    The nominee should be Paul and not McCain. The democrats wouldn't stand a chance against him and I believe a lot of them would cross over.

    April 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. GiroGeezer from Calif

    America is an instaneous gratification and a use once – throw away society. People do not recognize how synonomous with mediocrity the top tier Republican and Democratic candidates are.
    Americans (all of us) fail to distinquish between spin and ideas.
    Ron Paul brings ideas and facts regarding the Constitution and economics to the debates and gets ignored or ridiculed.
    I remember the New Hampshire debate where Paul questioned McCain about Sarbanes-Oxley.... McCain didn't know what the hell Paul was talking about. But after all, both Bush and and McCain do have "people" don't they?
    Thanks for reading.

    April 28, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. al snyder

    If the two parties are unwilling to get together and govern,–not just election cycle coin tossing–than more parties are the solution. Though, this will never happen if we do not get more involved. To vote for the lying politician who offends you the least or of party affiliation, is not getting involved. And complaining about the lying politicians you voted in, because of such key issues as the flagpin, all the while buying foreign products, because they are cheap, is not getting involved. It's time we take personal responsibility and stop blaming everyone else. It is easy to wish and demand and to criticize, but real action and change takes effort and sacrifice.

    To all the whiners out there that are so quick to complain, yet so unwilling to do anything, take it to your mommy. Maybe, she can calm you with, yet another bed-time fairytale.

    April 28, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Ian

    It's not my goal to see a Republican in the White House, it's my goal to vote for the candidate that best reflects my views. Your suggestion that I vote for McCain because he is the most likely Republican to win is disgusting. I'd suggest minding your own business, but I suspect you wouldn't enjoy the company.

    Ron Paul '08

    April 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Thomas

    Dr Paul,
    Please, please please run as an independent.

    April 28, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. The Dude

    Obama/Paul '08!

    April 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Marcello

    Ron Paul is our only hope if this nation is to have a rebirth. If not, no matter who is elected, we will be mired in big government and debt for the rest of our history.

    April 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Luke

    If you are going to talk about learning from history, Uncle Sam, how about studying a little war a couple of decades ago called Vietnam.

    April 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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