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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  1. Minnesota mother for Obama

    Go Obama/Biden!!! They are what this country needs right now.

    September 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Matt

    Everyone saying stupid things like "he should endorse Obama" or "he's a nut case", have obviously done no research on Ron Paul.

    1. He would never endorse Obama because Obama supports big government, Ron's the opposite. Just because they both are against the War in Iraq doesn't mean they agree on anything else.

    2. And he doesn't believe 9/11 was an "inside job" that's ridiculous. The only reason why some "9/11 Truthers" support him is because if he was elected, he'd get the 9/11 Comission Report redone which he believes wasn't done properly.

    September 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Pat Riot

    Take a good look at the last American revolutionary. This man embodies our spirit much as Washington did. A roll up your sleeves do it yourselfer. This man crafted himself from humble beginnings as a man of principle and integrity. His contributions to his community, economics, the medical field, and our country deserve your applause. A true inspiration to us all to live and be free. Free from the ever growing coercive federal government.

    September 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. HaHA

    It is so funny how people trash Obama for attacking Palin, when she spent her time on the convention and any other time she got bashing Obama. I think Palin sees this as a way for her to use more government funds to pay for her lavish lifestyle choices. Are we all willing to pay for her children to come see her in the white house or where ever else she decides she needs to go? I am ok with Mccain, but if he dies and Palin is placed as president I think we are in for a lot of trouble. She might make it where we won't be able to have a single opinion of our own without it being illegal. I read she asked about banning books in her home town. What is up with that?!!! You people can act as dumb as you like. Keep living in your fantasy world believing everything that comes out about Palin is a lie. It will be so funny when her true nature shows. That much information that has come out is not a lie it is the truth about a crooked VP named SARAH PALIN!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Eddy

    Vote for Palin and we're all on the bridge to nowhere, and going there fast

    September 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Bill


    September 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. John McCain

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I just want to express my gratitude for your support. Please support me, so we can "change" America. This is a term I've always wanted to use, but my opponent has been a very smart guy and presented quiet reasonable proposal like; $50 billion to jump starting the economy, affordable,comprehensive health care for children and women. But i do care for all of you too, I'm just too worried about our security, the Postwar effects on me seem to drive to one conclusion: Though many people and some Doctors agree that i still seem to be suffering from post war distress syndrome and some memory deficits, all i know is that we are doomed to constant insecurity plague as long as these terrorist stay alive. We must get them. Help me get them, fight with me!

    Thank you all and God bless you as he does America.

    September 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Jeffer65

    And why is this important?

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

    McCain for President 100%. He has fought for us and will always fight for us to keep America free.He will do more for America than Obama, a muslim with muslim faith. People open your eyes, if Obama gets in, he will sell us out to the muslims and we will lose our freedom. He won't fight for us. He will tuck his tail and run or side with non americans. He has already wanted to surrender.

    September 9, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Roman Rush

    He would have made a great president.

    September 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Laura

    If the republican party would stop bible thumping for a minute and try to really represent their constituancy, Ron Paul would not have had to work so hard to make his point; that fiscal conservatives have no where to go.

    I'm voting Obama/Biden, but I support and appreciate what Ron Paul is trying to do for his party and for voters who want real alternative.

    September 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Obama #1

    Ron Paul is great, but realistically until the third parties produce a candidate that is truly capable of getting ahead of the other candidates, You're basically wasting your vote.

    September 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. fred

    For those of you who think Ron Paul is anything like Obama, think again. Paul is conservative when it comes to taxes, healthcare, etc. He is libertarian when it comes to foreign affairs. He isn't democrat when it comes to anything.

    September 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. MiamiVice

    I guess McCain and Obama will loose about a 980!!

    McCain /Palin 08

    September 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Mike

    Your all right Ron. But your just too honest and decent to be a Republican. Look up Levi Johnston on his my space page, if McBush has not had it removed. This is the nastiest, most foul mouthed, violent punk in my space. The presumed new future member of the Palin family. i loved watching mcBush hugging and clinging to him like a son. If Levi actually does marry the presumed Christian child, Bristol Palin. Is this what the Bible refers to as un equally yoked?
    This Punk would not marry my daughter nor have any role in raising my grand child. Maybe I just have higher expectations than Palin.

    September 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Judy Anne

    Mr. Ron Paul, Our nation is in a serious time.. We all MUST LOOK at what and WHO is BEST for AMERICA NOW!!!! Going THIRD PARTY, is going nowhere, as it always has...We MUST LOOK at the record of WHO has been DOING and SERVING for AMERICA, for many years now. We must make the best informed decision we can, NOW, for our future and that of our children. It is no time for PLAY or POLITICs. Please, don't pull votes away from the REAL candidate. We may not be happy with ALL the candidate has done, in the past. But, as you know, Senator McCain has be doing all that ONE MAN Can do alone!!! He is now trying to get into a place where HE CAN Make a difference!!!! HE IS NOT ALL TALK. HE has served our nation well, as has his grandfather and father...HIS sons have been taught and are doing, now...His choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as runner for Vice-president , proves he wants someone who has ALREADY taken on their own party, as he has, TO HELP HIM, bring the change to Washington, that we NEED. OBAMA has TALKED a LOT, but has not EVEN served ONE DAY, in the military!!!! HE just wanted to get a lawyers diploma and RUSH UP the ladder to the TOP JOB of PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES!!! What a SHAME and a DISGRACE, it would be, to vote someone like this over ALL our serving HIGH RANKING Military men and women!!!! Over the UNITED STATES as Commander-In-Cheif!!!!! It is unthinkable!! PLEASE, take a stand against this happening, and DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR GREAT NATION.... You will never regrete it... Judy, in Tenn.

    September 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Melly

    Ron Paul should have supported Obama.

    SAD too see even more division in America

    September 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Susan

    Stop the Drama Ron Paul. It's getting old.

    September 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Chief

    And to think, some of you wako dems may be living next door to my family. Anything goes in your so called progressive stance. What next, legalize beastiality? A party that calls republicans agents from hell, the future VP a pig, a sitting president a war criminal ( Who has kept your families safe from radical muslim attacks), and cowards who are afraid of being drafted (don't worry, enough patriots sign up to keep you safe). The good news is your candidate is out of gas, exercised poor judgement in picking loud mouth Biden, and the slip in the polls has just started. You will loose gain! A proud retired Air Force republican.

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Mr Smith Republican

    way to go Ron....please republicans jump on board this journey and vote Ron Paul...I love you sir

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Jerry

    This misguided idiot needs to go away. Now it's even clearer why he did not receive the support that he was expecting. Go away Ron Paul! Same goes for his supporters. Also, the media needs to stop providing a forum for him. He lost fair and square. He just ignorantly refuses to accept it.

    He should get just off his high horse and throw his support to the McCain/Palin ticket. I guess he is not smart enough to make an intelligent decision. I would bet that Republicans are thrilled that they did not support him. Very smart, too.

    By the way, did I mention I am a life-long Democrat and a so called disgruntled Senator Clinton supporter!

    September 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Corey in ATL

    For those of us living in Georgia, the fact that Ron Paul would persuade anyone to ever cast a vote for Cynthia McKinney undermines any and all credibility he might have established. Give me a break!

    September 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Anna

    Palin and McCain work their tooshies off in their paid jobs!

    Obama writes speeches and campaigns well.

    IF Obama wants me to vote for him, he needs to cast a vote for me (in the Senate) every once in a while.

    McCain/Palin 2008
    If they do a good job, and only if, 2012 too!

    September 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Jimbo's RON Paul. And all this time I thought RuPaul was running..... Of course, an endorsement of a SINGLE candidate from RuPaul would probably carry more weight than this "go stand in line for hours to throw your vote away" suggestion......

    September 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Willcnnapprovethis?

    At least Ron Paul is right on the war

    Which makes him smarter than your average republican

    But seriously, how many votes will Mr Paul snatch from McCain?

    LOL Obama/Biden 08/12 Hillary 16/20

    September 9, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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