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. texas

    ron paul and his cast of idiots ,bye bye

    September 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. oldsoldierboy

    (TRUTH) Sara Palin recently stated she does not know what a vice president does.

    Yet 50% of people polled think she is ready to be president. (CRAZY)

    (TRUTH) When she speaks the truth NOBODY believes her.

    When she tells a lie everyone believes her. (ABSOLUTE MADNESS)

    (TRUTH) John McCain recently stated he doesn't know much about the economy.

    Yet he is leading in the polls when this election is supposed to be about the economy. (TOTALLY INSANE)

    (FACTUAL OPINION) If John McCain was black, Obama would win in a landslide and millions of people wouldn't bother to vote.

    CNN please post my comment for once and stop leaving it "under modernization"

    September 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    Cynthia McKinney ??? Any respect I may have had for Ron Paul was just lost. Do you know any thing about Cynthia McKinney? We citizens of Georgia wouldn't vote for this loony tune to clean the streets, much less be President. What a joke.

    September 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. ArtNYC

    Obama closest to Ron Paul? That made me laugh. Raun Paul is for no govt and Nobama is for ALL govt. Nobama cult followers are so high and confused they don't even know what their candidate stands for anymore

    September 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    It is his perogative to endorse Cynthia McKinney and it is the voters right to vote for her but a waste of votes if you ask me.

    September 9, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. EM- TN

    Give 'em hell Ron!

    September 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Abul

    "No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script" AP

    I thought many people alrady figure this out. She is a DUMMY

    September 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Steve, Tupelo, MS

    Obama sold out millions of us when he decided to switch his vote in favor of Government spying on it's own citizens. He showed us his true colors at that point.

    A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil. A vote is an endorsement and I'm not endorsing republicans or democrats this November. To a third party I go.

    September 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Tiffany

    And everyone thought the Republicans were so united. Don't underestimate his supporter. Would be great if he did endorse Obama!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. lol election

    Ron paul the Ralph nader of the republicans?

    September 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    Look out Alfred E. Obama now 2 out of the 3 candidates have a better resume then you.

    Alfred E. Obama Resume
    1979-2005 – Community Organizer

    Attended a hate filled church

    William Ayers
    Jermiah Wright
    Tony Rezko (Phone number unavailable)

    September 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Brian, Quad Cities

    Politics First

    Bushindepends/Cheneyinadress 2008

    September 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. FemiMommy

    Interesting how people with nothing better to do than post on CNN are disparaging a man who's at least trying to make a difference and putting himself out there. All those mocking Ron Paul should ask themselves what they're doing to make this country a better place.

    September 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Obama Truth Squad

    Debby – Obama had ZERO earmarks last year. Check your facts.

    September 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. James

    Great news from Ron Paul!!!

    McCain railroaded this man, and now he's paying them back!!!!!!

    McCain/Palin are "Mavericks to Nowhere"!

    *No exit strategy from Iraq
    *No plan for health care
    *No idea how to fix the economy

    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Steve, Tupelo, MS

    Tony said: "If you really want to support the candidate that is for investigating the Federal Reserve you should back Barack Obama."

    – uh....... Obama has NEVER ONCE hinted at investigating the fed.

    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. George

    Ron Paul must be a good man to have so many followers.


    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. P. Henry

    Republicrats: don't throw your vote away again this Election. Find a platform you actually believe in. McCain DOES NOT = change; Obama DOES NOT = change. Change = not voting for a presumptive winner.

    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. fedup

    David Duke's Buddy? Well at least he wants to shut down the privately run "Federal Reserve"! But, ehem, David Duke's buddy, check out the funding folks!

    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Ron Paul

    Ron Paul can't support the Democrats but he's leaving his own party. At least the man can see the republicans have put the U.S. economy in a free fall.

    Former Mayor of New York – Ed Koch said.

    "Sara Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would SCARE me if she were to succeed John McCain in the Presidency."

    Go figure!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Hirsh

    Ron, I support your basic Constitutional approach, but to tell your folks to support a third party who WILL NOT WIN you will be enabling an Obama win who has already called for a Marxist redistribution of wealth and vows to disarm the US and remove Constitutional freedoms like the First Amendment with the comeback of the so called newspeak "Fairness Doctrine."

    I would urge your supporters to do everything they can to insure a McCain/Palin win. Palin is very close to your ideals and will be a much more effective influence in the White House than a failed third party forgotten candidate!

    September 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. jm from sc

    Ugh, Obama did not call Sarah a pig. That is not his style.

    As far as Ron Paul, REALLY, who would honestly listen to him?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Alaska

    Barak is toast!!!

    September 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Michael Ray Thompson

    I'd love to vote for Bob Barr for President, but he cannot win. I don't want Barak Obama to become President. So I'm voting for voting for John McCain.

    September 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |

    Ron Paul views on these issues he mentioned for the most part are the same as Obama so I don't know why he would be so up in the air and try to denounce Obama other that maybe jealously that he didn't get as far as he had hoped. Either way all you Ron Paul Supporters are welcome to jump aboard the Obama Train headed for the White House

    September 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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