September 2nd, 2008
12:21 PM ET
11 years ago

RNC to Paul: Pick up your pass at the gate


Watch Ron Paul on American Morning Tuesday.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday that he was told he could go to the Republican convention floor under restricted conditions, but he'd have to pick up his pass at the gate and he couldn't have any guests.

"Republican congressmen should have a pass to the floor but they said, 'Your pass will be at the gate and we'll pick it up when you leave and you can't take anybody with you," Paul said on CNN's "American Morning."

Supporters of the former Republican presidential candidate are holding their own counter convention in Minneapolis. The "Rally for the Republic" marks the official start of Paul's new political action group, the "Campaign for Liberty."

More than 10,000 tickets to the rally have been sold. Tucker Carlson, Jesse Ventura and Grover Norquist are among the speakers who will appear before Paul, who is scheduled to address the rally at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Paul said his rally will be a positive event that focuses on the issues he thinks other Republicans ignore -"the spending problems, the deficit, our foreign policy, our national defense, our monetary policy."

"We're Republicans – we believe in limited government and personal liberties. We ought to be talking about these things," he said.
Paul has been critical of presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee.

Asked if there is anything to like about the presidential contenders, Paul said "not a heck of a lot."

"I like it when they shift their positions, but then you don't know where they are," he said sarcastically. "John McCain used to be for taxes – now he's against taxes. Obama talks about less military intervention, but he's the first one to say we should increase the troops in Afghanistan."
Paul did have kind words for Sarah Palin, McCain's vice presidential pick. He said he was "delighted" to hear she said positive things about him in a recent interview.

"I hope she puts the right kind of pressure on our platform," he said.

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Carol

    I absolutely love Ron Paul. He's the only Republican I've ever voted for (Primaries). He's brilliant, and should be our next President. The media really screwed him over during the Primaries.

    September 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. patrick

    all republicans can look right into the camera and lie it is an absolute joke. what does she actually bring to the table. if something happens to mccain do you think he would care about america? i guess not sarah palin

    September 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Carl

    There was a reason Congressman Paul was receiving 30% of the vote AFTER McCain "clinched" the nomination.

    This is it....

    September 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Charla in TX

    wow......sounds like the bush-cheney-rove klan is still in charge!!!

    September 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. GOP for OBAMA

    Repubs will even "eat their own" ! ! !

    Glad I will vote DEM this year.

    Go Obama

    Down with Alaska Independent Party!

    September 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    After Obama bent over backwards to give Hillary fair time at the convention, the GOP won't even treat Ron Paul with basic respect? Hillary was a genuine threat to Obama, but he still let the democratic process play out. This guy is no threat whatsoever to McCain, and they won't even let him speak.

    I don't want to hear any more GOP nonsense about how their party is really the more inclusive party. They have shows their true colors.

    September 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Chad, Wisco

    All you Demo wannabees that say you would vote for Paul, think a second. This man is the extreme ideological opposite from you. Why would you vote for someone that believes the exact opposite of you? That is the problem with most of this election. People arent looking for people to represent their point of views, they are looking for people to tell them their point of views. Why dont we all just become drones and let a computer chip control our ideals.

    September 2, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. david wolfe

    I can't beleive what I just watched! How could anyone say in this day and age that a woman can't be vice pres. I just watched your guest Sara push women back 50 years. I never thought for a minute that a woman couldn't do the job untill I heard here say that a women would always pick there family over job. A balanced family works together and it sounds as if Palin has that..........Sara, the 50's are well over.

    September 2, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Obamanation

    Paul is 1000 x smarter than Obama & Biden put together. Palin has ten x the experience of Obama.

    You CNN-patrons have been watching too much liberal media. It really can dumb you down. You need to evolve and realize that more government and its $handouts takes away your freedom.

    Don't be a slave. Free yourself from the liberal brainwashing!!!

    September 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Katherine

    Palin's the best chance the Republicans have of getting the Paulistas back on side. She's their kind of conservative.

    September 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Willy

    RINO Paul gets what he's deserves. He should just go ahead and join up with the dimwitcrats!

    September 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Pauline

    Bravo Ron Paul ! McCain's advisors picked Palin to distract voters from McCain's vision of America and they have succeeded! What a hoopla over McCain's VP choice! Everyone has forgotten that it is McCain who is the Republican candidate. Wish it had been Ron Paul! Where is Bob Barr?

    September 2, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Lesley

    Perhaps Ron Paul should have attended the Demo convention. He would at least have been treated respectfully. How do the Repubs expect to get his voters now?

    September 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. George

    Does this mean they'll only allow him a mail-in vote in November? I guess he was talking too much sense to be taken seriously!

    September 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Maryann Rose

    Thanks, CNN, for having a livestream on the site for the Ron Paul
    Rally! Really appreciate it!

    Please put him on the airwaves tonight when he addresses the crowd.


    September 2, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Nur

    Four more years????? Yeah right, it's not going to happen again

    September 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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