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. David

    of course it lives on!!! we aren't going anywhere. this is an ideaology. the neo-cons have hijacked the GOP and we want it back.

    April 28, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. AZM

    I almost have as many delegates as Paul...

    April 28, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Typical White Person

    Obama Paul '08

    April 28, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Ron Paul is a joke!

    April 28, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Jim

    What is all these Hillary comments about? Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton are polar opposites policy wise. Run 3rd Party Ron, run! You'd win the presidency if you ran indy!

    April 28, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Pam

    Ron Paul...the Hillary Clinton of the Republican party.

    April 28, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Angel

    If only he had a chance of winning, I'd vote for him. Just the same...if Hillary somehow gets the Democratic nomination I'm voting for him anyway.

    April 28, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Shannon

    This is what I know...Ron Paul has the upmost integrity and principals I've ever seen in a politician, he's a brilliant forecaster of the economy, and on top of that the guy is a baby doctor....my god!! You would think the Republicans would be all over this guy. Especially given the ominous political climate the GOP is facing this election cycle, He's probably the only Republican in the country that could mount a serious challenge to Obama or Hillary.

    April 28, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Steve

    Somebody please tell me that we are not pubically funding this guy!

    April 28, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. hrp

    Osama? Is that your name? You have the audacity to say 'Ron Paul is 5 cans short of a six pack?' You know nothing about anyhing and it irks the hell out of me that people like you get to comment on this blog. Why don't you go get your six pack and read up on anything about Ron Paul before you spew. You can read?

    April 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. TJ

    It seems the crazy people are the ones who hate Paul. I read more nastly comments from them. That is what we are fighting, the Limbaugh and Hannity wing of the party. Childish name calling and cheap political moves. Paul has integrity and morals.
    I am a soldier and am pround to have voted and donated to him.

    April 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. American Patriot

    People are waking up to the tune of the Ron Paul R3VOLUTIONARIES!



    April 28, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Ron Paul is a has-been crackpot that will go down in history as a political asterisk – like Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and John Anderson.

    April 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. I love the insults to Ron Paul

    He's crazy, he's nuts, he's insane blah blah blah...

    No facts back up what you say. Instead of belittling someone, why don't you explain your side. You have a valid opinion just like everyone else. People like Kathryn, Osam, etc...

    shame on you

    April 28, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. you say

    that ron paul is a joke, but what about the economy... must be a joke, too right? when gold is worth over $1,000 per ounce, then your economy is in shambles...

    Iraq is a touchy issue, but you have to remember that prior to Korea, we were FORECEFULLY added to world conflicts; i.e. we were attacked and decided to show the world why you don't mess with us.

    Ask Mexico, Britain (twice), Spain (what we fought Spain in Cuba and the Phillipines... didnt' know that), Germany, and Japan what happened when you attack someone that wants to be to themselves.

    The past 50 years has gone in the complete opposite direction in terms of our foreign policy. We go from taking care of ourselves first to taking care of all others first (except ourselves).

    It's time we elected someone that will take care of the people, and that man is Ron Paul and Ron Paul alone.

    Sure, Obama can give you free health care, but your children and grandchildren will suffer 100 times more than you ever will when this country continues on its course and becomes bankrupt.

    April 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. ExPat

    Ron, Paul, George and Ringo, now that'd be a ticket!....What?..Oh, sorry. I got so excited about the election there for a minute.

    April 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    If Hill-Nilly gets the nomination I'm voting Ron Paul...Mccain is not the way to go. Seeing as how he couldn' manage his campaign finances, he can't manga the GOP to fully be supportive and he seems aloof and just as stupid as Geb. I live in AZ with a 2 Billion dollar defecit, and i have yet to hear what he thinks about that.

    April 28, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Michelle

    Go Ron Paul! I left the Democratic party for him. The Revolution lives on.

    April 28, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. bill from pa

    He should run from the libertarian party. He sure beats the three stooges. (Clinton, Obama, McCain)

    April 28, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Alice

    C'mon Ron – give that war chest to Obama (who agrees with you on Iraq) and help unite the country!

    April 28, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Michael

    Ah, the internet: the only place in the world you can actually find Ron Paul supporters. If you ever feel like having someone tell you you're a fascist idiot, just look for the Ron Paul supporters. The guy would be a terrible president. We've got global issues to worry about, and now is not the time for an extreme isolationist like him.

    April 28, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Alonzo Demetrius

    Please Ron Paul! Yes, you do have valid points, but your points are incomplete in today's world. How long do you think our republic would last after we retreated back into interests only within our country? I am amazed you have even been re-elected in your state with your short-cropped vision of today's world.

    April 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Ian

    You may have nearly as many delegates, but you don't even rate compared to his integrity.

    April 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. k


    April 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. the professor

    I have been studying Ron Paul for the last eight months. When I mean study, I mean read, read and read some more. Internet, books, whatever. Four months ago, I switched from being a lifelong Democrat to Republican so I could help in any way get Ron Paul in the White House. I am not a whacked out, gun nut, racist, hippy, Paultard. I have been a university Professor for the past 33 years who is finally energized since the Nixon travesty years. Before anyone calls this man whacky and out of touch, listen to him, read about his beliefs and his solutions to this country's problems, both economic and governmental. Compare him to the other three "frontrunners" the MSM has given us. Before you vote, learn what each candidate stands for and what they plan to do to bring about "change." Also ask how they plan to pay for it. I love the line in Ron Paul's new book, "The Revolution—A Manifesto," when he talks about how people say it is so radical to think our government could survive without all of us paying income taxes. Our income taxes make up about 40% of the total government revenue. Ron Paul states, "In order to imagine what it would be like to live in a country with a federal budget 40 percent lower than the federal budget of 2007, it would be necessary to go all the way back to . . .1997. Would it really be so hard to imagine living in 1997 again?" I do not know about the rest of you but I sure would like to imagine how much money I could save if I did not have to pay income taxes.

    April 28, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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