September 9th, 2008
06:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul to announce presidential endorsement plans

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ron Paul is urging his supporters to pick a third party candidate."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will call on supporters to back a third party candidate for president Wednesday, rejecting his own party’s nominee and offering equally harsh words for the Democratic candidate.

Paul, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination, will tell supporters he is not endorsing GOP nominee John McCain or Democratic nominee Barack Obama, and will instead give his seal of approval to four candidates: Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney, Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr, independent candidate Ralph Nader, and Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, according to a senior Paul aide.

The announcement will take place in the morning at the National Press Club in the nation’s capital.

While Paul failed in his bid for the Republican nomination, he found a large, diverse audience for his anti-war and anti-tax messages. The Texas congressman’s campaign was fueled by a successful on-line grassroots fundraising operation. Throughout the campaign, Paul supporters called on others to join the “Ron Paul Revolution.”

Paul will offer this open endorsement to the four candidates because each has signed onto a policy statement that calls for “balancing budgets, bring troops home, personal liberties and investigating the Federal Reserve,” the Paul aide said.

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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. W O W WO W

    W H O ?????????????????????????????????

    September 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Max

    This man should be president.

    September 9, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    A N D,,,,,,,,C N N,,,,,,,,W I L L,,,,,,,,B E ,,,T H E RE ....................................

    September 9, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Reason

    Who cares? Go back to your cave Ron.

    September 9, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Former Paul Supporter 4 Obama/Biden


    September 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Mccain=Bush=the draft

    Ron Paul, hang on in there, I think you should accpet your party's nomination.

    September 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Griff

    Why do people keep beating-up on George Bush Jnr.. Everything he did, was to please his Dad. His Dad, let the Country down...
    Dad's expect too much from their Kid's. John Mcain, won't allow anybody to tell him what to do. Except America... His Mentor: Is Uncle-Sam..

    September 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse NY

    What a nut case.

    September 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. TonyS

    I get it. Libertarians should support government regulator Nader, a fruitcake like McKinney or a loon like Bob Barr. Wacko.

    September 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Tony

    Ron, if you back four completely different candidates you stand for nothing. If you really want to support the candidate that is for balancing budgets, bringing troops home, personal liberties, and investigating the Federal Reserve and has a chance of winning, you should back Barack Obama.

    September 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. fixthebroken

    If only our political system could be changed such that 3rd party candidates could have a bigger voice in our government. This two party system. while better than a lot of systems, is quite broken.

    In order to ensure that 3rd party and no party candidates get a fair say in our society, we have to change the system from the ground up - especially the way we vote.

    Too bad that our current system is so entrenched in two-party politics. I think many people would vote for 3rd party candidates if they thought that it mattered.

    September 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. shannon

    Ron "Crazy man" Paul.

    After he endorses a third party candidate, he will prove that the government blew up the WTC...with the help of some aliens.

    September 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Tony

    Ron Paul-

    Will you stand against your current party trying to lie their way to a victory?

    Will you renounce the Palin Swift Boat Truth Squad?

    Will you ask the campaign to stick to the issues?

    What do you really stand for?

    September 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. sophia nyc

    OBAMA today called PALIN a pig in Lebanon, VA..

    "You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig."

    I [HEART] Obama

    September 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Deb n Texas

    I think he is going to endorse Barack Obama.

    September 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Debby

    I am surprised he didn't endorse Obama since he praised him on the Bill Maher show. I just read Obama has almost one billion in earmarks and McCain 0. How is he suppose to get us out of debt when he is in one himself with all his spending. He and Biden supported the Bridge to Nowhere and Palin did at first until she found out how much it cost then she took some of the money for other projects in her state. Her and another Senator wanted to give the rest to the relief fund for Katrina. Its all in the Chicago Tribune read and weep Dems.

    September 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. LOL


    September 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. karen-phoenix

    Love everything you stand for Ron!!! Especially bringing the troops home so I am voting for Obama/BIden. NO MORE WARS!!!!! Peace is Patriotic!

    September 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Debi

    Thank you. That vote will no doubt prove to be in Obama's favor.

    Biden/Vice President
    Clinton/Secretary Of State

    September 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. Joyce, ny

    Ron, please do not waste those votes. Obama is the closest to your platforms. Endorse him.

    September 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. chris

    the third parties should join forces and attempt to get the largest showing for a third party candidate thus far....

    September 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. chris

    ron, if you want to support a candidate who wants what is best for himself, regardless of whether it is what's best for America, support obama

    September 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. chris

    Senator Clinton is the only candidate capable of being the best President for our children, our troops and America

    September 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Breck

    I respect Paul, but if he wants to do something meaningful he should either endorse one Independent candidate, or endorse Obama.

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Anne E.

    Please, Rep. Paul - endorse Sen. Obama! Those you would endorse have no hope, not a chance, not a prayer (oops, better watch it lest Sarah castigate me) of winning.
    Please endorse a winning ticket!

    September 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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