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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  1. Robert

    Republican vs. Democrat.

    Anyone who thinks their tired logic of 'a vote for this person helps a democrat get elected'...has any impact on Ron Paul voters, you'd be mistaken.

    I voted for Ron Paul. I don't care if McCain or Hillary or Barack win. Tweedle dee, Tweedle dum and Tweedle dummer.

    It is the height of ignorance to believe that constant waffling between Democrat and Republican administrations is making any real change in the country. McCain is EQUALLY as bad as Clinton or Obama. Don't fool yourself into 'voting for the lesser of the two evils.'

    You think Bush was less of a fool than Gore? I doubt it, but even if you are right....Bush is a great example of why we cannot afford, in this country, any longer about voting against a democrat. You vote FOR the person that needs to win.

    McCain is not that person. I won't vote for him, just to vote against Barack or Hillary.

    The country cannot afford electing these types of people any more. Democrat or Republican, its a waste of time to elect either one. Do your best to support Ron Paul, and in 4 years, to elect the next standard bearer of these ideas.

    A real change would be to elect an outsider, who doesn't have his head in the sand about the fall of the dollar and what unsound fiscal policy is going to do to our status as a superpower.

    April 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Tim

    If you don't like what Ron Paul says then you don't like the constitution. It's pretty much that simple.

    April 28, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. althusius

    What just happened in Nevada? The political system is corrupt and broke.

    April 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. mitch from ark.

    republicans are idiots for not nominating this man.he is the only republican,who stood a chance ,against obama's movement for change.the problem is ,republican's do not want change,because they are afraid of losing their grip on power,and ultimately,their share of the wealth of this nation,which they see as mostly theirs.they will allow our troops to keep dying in iraq,because they see their failure there,as a last desperate attempt to hold out for something good to come from a war,that was based on lies ,by our current administration.

    April 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Clearly Ron Paul stands for specific–and sweeping changes in U.S. government starting with the executive office. Too bad more than 80% of Americans are too stupid to comprehend his agenda or it's value to the nation.

    But–oh BOY...just give them a little "HOPE".., and tell them you'll be able to find "SOLUTIONS".....well...you know the story there.

    It's all BS if you ask ME.

    April 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. yoshi927

    This is hilarious. Comic gold.

    April 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. The Austrian

    All those who have called Dr. Paul "insane," "out-of-touch," or in need of "psychiatric help" would do well to actually study the platforms this man advocates and weigh them in against the current trend of politics. Simply calling him names or sloughing off his arguments as insane drivel is just utter laziness on your part. I challenge those who truly take their politics to at least read Dr. Paul's book: The Revolution. At least then you will have taken it upon yourselves to actually put your convictions to the test. You owe it to yourselves to do this.

    "Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose what is easy and what is right."

    April 28, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Did you know America

    that the ONLY way we can save ourselves from the 2040 SS and Medicare collapse is by cutting spending 103% and raising taxes 105% just to cover the interest on the TRILLIONS we owe due to medicare and SS.

    Sounds like we need someone in there who would do something about what has happened to "value" in our country...

    I'm 26, and I'll save every dime and invest it in oil, gold, and silver because THAT is true money, not this paper our government prints out to us. That paper has no value...

    April 28, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Yeah, best of luck to Ron Paul. Would that the Republicans still stood for small government and the dignity of the individual, instead of the platform they embrace today.

    April 28, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Cherusci

    On Ron Paul's policy positions, Uncle Sam states the famous quote: "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

    Uncle Sam is right-on with this statement in the sense that the American people through their elected officials are indeed repeating the mistakes of history. They've learned absolutely NOTHING! We will be forced by our financial, monetary and moral bankruptcy to withdraw from Iraq whether we want to or not. How long do these political pea brains think foreign countries will be willing to subsidize our wars by buying up our quickly sinking dollars?

    April 28, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Eric

    The only republican I respect and with whom I can agree

    April 28, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Eric

    i think america has to take a long look in the mirror. Uncle Sam "Those who do not learn from histor are doomed to repeat it?" what history books have you been reading. Ones that paint the US foreign policy over the past 50 years as rosy, democratic and morally just. No more than 20 yrs ago we were Sadam's ally vs. Iran. No more than 20 yrs ago we sold Iran weapons to use against our ally Sadam. No more than 20 yrs ago we used the money we made from Iran and used it to finance a war against a democratically elected government in Nicaragua. I guess you forgot about that. Or that we overthrew an elected government in Iran in the 50's or an elected govt. in Pakistan in the 90's.

    Dr. King said it well over 40 yrs ago that his government is the greatest cause of pain and suffering through out the world becasue of our meddling policies and proliferation of weapons. We are the #1 arms supplier in the world, while our schools come in last. What a great day to be an American. Our own huberis has doomed us. Nobody attacks us because we are free. If so, why didnt they attack Norway, Sweden, Germany, Canada, etc. Ohh thats right, because those countries mind their own business.

    We created the Taliban, remember the Mujahadeen and Osama? Well we trained and gave them weapons in the 80's to fight the russians. Isreal is our ally (supposedly) and we send billions of dollars to Saudi, Jordan, Syria, Egypt in order that everybody gets along. Isreal has 300 nukes. they dont need our help.

    I am 35 and i am a ron paul supporter. Becasue of his message i have written my PA legislators numerous times asking them to reject the real ID act. I cannot and will not vote for McCain. The future of my children depends on it. I do not want to be a father mourning the loss of his son, because he was drafted, to fight in foreign wars because of ignorant people. That is not bravery. That is stupidity. That is unacceptable.

    April 28, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Reality TV

    A candidate like Ron Paul stands no chance, people don't want substance they want Springer.

    April 28, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Randy - Denver

    Well if Hillary gets teh dmes nod and Mccain is the repub and Paul runs as an indy he has my vote.. the best of all worlds would be if Hill gets the dems nod and Obama runs as Pauls VP... that ticket would take the white house for sure!

    April 28, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Kevin

    Ron Paul has everything on financial policy right. Read an economics book!!! Politicians aren't stupid, they know he right as well. The problem is there are too many stupid people in this country that won't vote for someone like that because they don't understand how the economy works.

    April 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. scott lymann

    Why is there a comment about Hillary Clinton in here? Do the Obamafantics have no shame with thier hate?

    April 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Pliny

    The leftist blue bloods don't want to turn loose of their stranglehold on the Republican party. The conservatives need to keep it up; Ron Paul didn't make it this time, but perhaps next time we can get a small government constitutionalist candidate. I'm still going to vote McCain; he is the least liberal (but still intolerably liberal) of the candidates remaining (Hillary Obama), but that doesn't mean I approve of (I can't think of anything I agree with McCain on) McCain.

    April 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Jake

    To Liberal Bruce:

    Once upon a time Republicans used to stand for something other than simply wanting to put a Republican in office. Electing McCain simply because he happens to have an "R" next to his name is not electing a conservative Republican. Simply put, McCain is not a conservative and adding Huckabee or Romney to that ticket wont change a darn thing. A true conservative believes in limited goverment, sound monetary policy, a non-interventionist foreign policy, free markets, civil liberties, strong national defense. McCain is not a conservative so electing him is really no different than electing Hillary of Obama. Ron Paul all the way to St. Paul!

    April 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. NetProphet

    Ron Paul's the best candidate the GOPpers have laid out.

    Come on Ron – get on the Hillary Clinton bandwagon! She's said she wants to reach out to all. Now's the chance to get some of your policies across!

    April 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. ShannonL

    It's official. Ron Paul IS insane!

    April 28, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Jo Schmo

    Love this guy...he has my vote. I'm tired of being overtaxed by an inefficient pork barrel government. A revolution is exactly what we need.

    April 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. charlotte

    I would rather have McCain for 4 years then Obama for 1 day. He and his minister are racist in the worst form.

    April 28, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Osama

    Ron Paul.... 5 cans short of a Six-Pack. The man is certifiably nuts.

    April 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Peter

    Ron is a great candidate for the GOP – if you are talking about the GOP of the 1920s.

    April 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Doug R.

    Ron Paul- the best and smartest if ALL candidates. McCain and Giuliani the worst.

    April 28, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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