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. jamie

    Obamanuts,go home...its over, now that Palin is on the ticket! YOU HAVE ALREADY LOST...LoL

    September 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. jana

    Here we go; stupid is that, that stupid does. The same goes for those folks who rather vote for the same. Women men and all others who will vote for McCain are not about making a difference in this USA. We are such a country in a devastating mess that we rather cover our eyes and continue to dig ourselves deeper

    The polls tell many of us that it is about Obama being black and about who they are polling, who and where are these people? We don't believe these polls because they do not speak to the average American who is hurting. Who knows who is making up these numbers? So, deal with what you get, you will deserve it.

    September 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. alan

    So Ron Paul wants us to vote None-Of-the-Above ??

    I am big supporter of personal liberties and strong monetary policy, and thus supported Dr. Paul, but this is a bad move.

    I vote because I stand FOR something, not against everything!

    September 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. jana

    Evil is that evil is– Obama called no person a pig. go back to the to school, learn to understand what is read.

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. not voting for evil!

    Obama and McCain? EW! No thank you!!!

    I think this time I want a principled candidate, and someone who will obey the Constitution, and act honestly.

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Jean

    Waste of this endorsement. what is the point of endorsing and giving support for some candidate who is not going to be winning. You can give that support to Obama and negotiate your policy with him.
    This way you both win.

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Independent Voter

    Well, and we were all on the edge of our seats waiting to see who you'd endorse.

    File this under Factoids.

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Ray NH

    Ron Paul for President!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Alvaro

    Obama 08, 12 0forever

    September 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |

    102. JAMIE
    YALL LOST !!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Mario Ochoa

    This old guy, besides being a good man, is a genius.

    September 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Open minded for our interest

    I have respect for Paul as he is trying to work with or help the people, now whether he supports Obama or McCain is not going to happen,he will most likely go with Barr, to pick all four other candidates makes no sense. He is for less government so I dont think he will endorse Obama. Just as a side note Obama never called Palin a pig, its not his manner nor his vocabulary. Although Palin has out and out lied to the people you got the conservatives going with her just because she is, one a woman , two pro-life, three white. I lost respect for Mc Cain becasue all the time I felt he was for country picking Palin who clearly is not ready to step in President god forbid something happened to war man John says he is about winning not the country or its security.

    September 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Texico From Mexico

    yes Ron Paul is for smaller Government but if he supports the current administration that he is preaching against then he just lost all respect and will loose the respect of thousands of followers!

    And to Jamie....its not about the popular vote girl...its about the almighty Electorial Vote

    September 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |


    September 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Brent Wilson

    All Ron Paul supporters need to vote for Ralph Nader in 08 research him!! see a true representative of what this country needs!! vote Nader/Gonzalez in 08!!! he is already the 3rd most popular continder..why not give him the boost he has more than deserved for so many times of running!!!

    Please for more info!

    September 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Christine MI

    I was a independent until this year. I wil never vote for the GOP again. I have never more intolerent people in my life. They go to church and on their way out they spew out hate and bigotry. Never again!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Jacie - San Leandro, Ca

    Can somebody tell me what's the percentage of voters whose behind Ron Paul I was wondering that if the numbes are going to make John McCain lose then go ahead Ron encourage your voters. On a serious note: who is this guy anyway and how come I never heard of him? I guess we can blame the media since McCain does these days. So that make the race for the white house a little more interesting – Two strong candiates -Obama/Biden – then we have Two weaker candiates – McCain/Palin so the winners are....tune in Nov 4th election day.


    September 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Luther


    September 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. lee

    how about you go home. the election is 56 days away and if you ever followed any election or knew anything about the presidential election you would know things can change and always do. Please do the rest of humanity a favor and educate yourself before opening your mouth and spilling ignorance all over the place! You lack common sense, nothing is over yet, you know nothing

    September 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. CountryJoe

    I like Ron Paul.

    September 9, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. TC in Florida

    Some of the most creative, thoughtful and funny people I know are going to write in Ron Paul's name when they vote this November. Maybe there's something about him that draws the truly different people to him. I doubt the true believers will settle for anyone else, even if Paul urges them to vote for someone else.

    Accept no Substitutes!

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. country and american people first REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    Maccain and palin are both Bush third terms and we don't need these people in the white house they are uneducated they never gratuated in college they never have a PGD they don't nothing about the economy these people are fake. OBAMA is the only who brings change and put his country first.

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Darc, NY

    America...Wake up!

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Loretta

    He's a Republican. It's not hard to figure out who he will be supporting.

    September 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Marc

    Obama for President!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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