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. peggy chaney

    I dont care what Ron Paul does ,I dont care what McCain/Palin HAS done,i want to know what they are going to DO.And HOW.all I hear is praise for each other, and the bridge!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Daryl from Seattle

    Wow Ron, I never thought you would take the Nader route. You know those people who would vote for a third party nominee typically vote Democrat. Talk about doubling your chances to steal votes from the Dems.

    September 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Independentandlovingit

    Back to reality. Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it. Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.

    Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state. Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.

    As if it couldn't support itself, Alaska also ranks No. 1, year after year, in money it sucks in from Washington. In 2005 (the most recent figures), according to the Tax Foundation, Alaska ranked 18th in federal taxes paid per resident ($5,434) but first in federal spending received per resident ($13,950). Its ratio of federal spending received to federal taxes paid ranks third among the 50 states, and in the absolute amount it receives from Washington over and above the amount it sends to Washington, Alaska ranks No. 1.

    September 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. White and Black support for Obama

    It is very funny that many Americans are still ready for another 4 years of more of the same.


    Most Obama work so hard to convience you of what you're facing right now in your lives.
    Obama said several times, the choice is clear. You want more of the same vote Mccain flip flop.
    Don't cry for me after , because you can't learn your lesson.

    September 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |

    The only Repuglican I would ever vote for!!

    A man with convictions and values who does not flip flop whenever it is politically convenient.

    And he is right! This country needs a viable thrid party.

    Both the Dems and the GOP are run by corporate interests, directly and indirectly.

    McCain is not a maverick. His policies will be Bush's. He is pandering to the religious right in order to get elected. He will say and do anything to become President. Appealing to Lieberman is not bipartisan action.

    Obama will not erase 8 years of mismanagement. He will inherit an economic fiasco. Nor will he be able to get us out of Iraq. He may want to, and we probably should, be the realities on the ground will not allow that to happen on a grand scale.

    Fortunately I live in a solid blue state, so I can vote my conscience. Ideally, our nation should be governed the same. True to its conscience. Vote Lib, Green, Constitution, Indy, P&F or any other third party. It is the only way to break the lock that corporate interests have over our democratic republic. Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Not the rich, not the corporations, not the special interests, not the lobbyists.

    Elections should not be about electing the lesser of two evils. When that happens, you still get evil!

    Vote your heart, vote your conscience, vote your convictions. If you want a politician to represent you, mustn't you first accurately represent yourself??!

    September 9, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Laura said
    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.

    I agree Laura. The right-wing has ruined this country as much as it can stand. We need someone who respects the constitution (not like the republicans)

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. dante

    We are a nation of sheep. I guess Rush limbaugh and his ditto heads have us figured out. A week ago America was introduced to Sarah Palin via a scripted speech written by a former Bush speechwriter. And I must say she played her part very well. Based on this performance there are many people that now believe she is qualified to be president. The truth of the matter is those were not her words and she is the least known of all the candidates. I would not object to Mcain or Obama for president but to give the American public less that 2 months to get to know Palin strikes me as poltical trickery. I will not vote for Mccain at this point because this decision is so ridiculous I have lost faith in the man. This nonsense is so foolish, Palin is the focal point of the election and not the Man that will shape our country for years to come. I love my country very much but i am disgusted by our politicians… all of them. They are a despicable bunch of manipulative people who's only agenda is power , not the best interests of this country. Sarah Palin best candidate the repulicans could find or the candidate the public can't get to know in 56 days . I say the latter. And we are actually considering allowing this stupidity to become real. God Bless America… we need your help

    September 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Thomas5

    Ron Paul campaigned as a capitalist, but then splits his endorsement among 2 capitalists and 2 quasi-socialists.

    If anybody thinks that Ron Paul actually has any principles that he stands on, then please share with us what flavor of Kool Aid you're drinking. Because there is no way in hell that a true believer in capitalism is going to endorse extremist left-wing nutcases like Nader and McKinney.

    Ron Paul's true colors just came out.

    September 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |

    At this point, who cares. He is a Republican that whispers his
    message. I don't like him. Against War. FOR NO BIG GOVERNMENT.
    Republican Ideals!!!
    Obama Biden.

    September 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Craig - Upstate NY

    Ron Paul is a good messenger for limited government & fiscal restraint, bringing our troops home & keeping an arms-length from other countries' affairs, defending our constitutional rights & challenging the tax structure of this country. He makes the connection between personal freedom & material well-being, which is infringed upon by an overwheening government. Also, we're entitled to some straight talk about the ownership & control of the Federal Reserve.

    Ron Paul is probably 4-5 years ahead of the times. These issues will become more topical, as people become more aware of the critical state of our economy & foreign affairs. An articulate spokesman & real gentleman, not to be under-estimated in terms of political impact now and in the future.

    September 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Small Biz Owner Against Global Welfare

    Former Paul Supporter 4 Obama/Biden

    Anybody who was supporting Ron Paul would rather have their hands cut off before voting for these Communists. Ron Paul is against unfair taxes, that is all Barack Obama stands for. Obviously you are a Obambi troll trying to convince Ron Paul supporters of this lie. Because Ron Paul are probably the most common sense educated voters in this election(and in favor of that little document, the Constitution). Obama would roll it up and smoke joints with Ayers, that is what he would do with our constitution.

    Ron Paul is against naturalized citizenship just for being born here. Obama will turn our great country into Little Kenya if he can

    September 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. zuq


    September 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. CNN, can I PLEASE get off of your 'list'?

    Go Ron! Divide the republican vote!

    September 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    the DREAM TICKET for this country right now would be:

    bernie sanders & Thom Hartmann

    sanders/hartmann 08 or '12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. CNN, can I PLEASE get off of your 'list'?

    Go Ron! Divide the repub vote!

    September 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Hillary 2012

    Mc Cain will win this election endorse him and protect your political carrier
    Be smart

    September 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Richard

    Ron Paul has apparently joined Condi Rice, Scott McClellan, and possibly Colin Powell as prominent Republicans not voting for their party. That says a lot about John "Bomb bomb bomb Iran" McCain.

    September 9, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Matt

    As clearly laid out in Paul's book The Revolution, voting for either major party results in fundamentally the same equation. You're merely picking which side of an arcade token you want to look at for the next 4 years. Obama is NOT anti-war, he continues to support keeping our troops in 130 nations (including Iraq) at our taxpayers' expense. Obama does NOT support any liberal social agenda for gays, recreational drug users or immigrants. Every time he tries to allude to one, he backtracks himself. Obama is merely the same politics with a dark hue and the choice of Biden proves it. Likewise, McCain is not a fiscal conservative by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. The GOP, while controlling all three branches of government hasn't bothered to overturn Roe v. Wade because it makes too much money for all the fiscally conservative doctors and pharmaceutical company reps profiteering from abortion. Not even Palin is going to change that, she will do exactly what Wall St. and the other benefactors of corporate welfare tell her to. The only "Maverick" or "Change Candidate" was Paul with his "moon-bat" agenda of sound fiscal policy and the removal of the Nanny State trying to micromanage everyones' life (domestically and internationally) at great American taxpayer expense. The only viable option for a patriot is NOT to continue to vote for same token presenting two sides of a moot debate, but to protest the charade by providing electoral accounting information as to the extent of our discontent. Unless you're content with the status quo, the only voice for your discontent is a 3rd. party candidate. Only the most gullible of fools thinks Obama will deliver them from corruption and abuse.

    September 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Ray, undecided

    was a good candidate .. stood by his principles.. but alas . in today's politics .. no room for a third party.. too much special interests ..
    it would have been interesting if Ron Paul endorsed Hillary!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. JoeBlow

    Funny thing is that everyone, even mainstream media calls this man a nutcase, a cook or crazy but he's been right in regards to just about everything that he has predicted in the last 15 years. He warned of the dollar collapse before anyone else, he spoke of the housing bubble years before it started to pop and yet people call him crazy. I think he ideas quite a bit different than what our current administrations ideas are but is that a bad thing? People talk about Obama and his "Hope & Change" platform but go back into history and look at what George W ran on in 2000; our country would have been a lot different if he would have actually stuck to that plan.

    September 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. eric

    I was hoping he would endorse Obama and Biden since they seem to be the next most rational / intelligent human being running for the presidency.

    I actually considered voting for McCain until Sarah Palin came along.

    September 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Mr. Aiken, FL


    September 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. lee

    The republicans are so full of it. Wake up people this little Palin bump will NOT last

    September 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. aaa

    Ron is a great guy lets not vote for Mccain and vor for Ron

    September 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. peggy chaney

    I dont care what Ron Paul does ,I dont care what McCain/Palin HAS done,i want to know what they are going to DO.And HOW.all I hear is praise for each other, and the bridge!!!
    I like a lot of people, but i dont want them to be presdent

    September 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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