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. Small Biz Owner Against Global Welfare

    Hollywood Dude said:

    He's a pathetic, ailing, wimp of a man. He's knows nothing of honor…he's a backstabbing loon.

    What a scumbag you are. He served in our military and also has never taken one penny in his thirty plus in the Congress.Go jump off a bridge you frickin Communist.

    September 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. NoGOP

    The reality is, Nader pulls votes from Obama, and Barr pulls votes from Mccain. Yes, for all of those stupid white women voting for Palin just because she is a woman probably didn't even know there is another woman running for President, and she's black, which gets the best of both worlds. The fact is, this country is so divided based on their own biases that they are bringing to the voting booth that it is very, very sad that they are forgetting about the state of condidtions in our country and in our world, and America's place in the world. If you vote for Obama, it will ensure stability until another Republican gets voted into office again.

    September 9, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Sean

    Hahaha, people who actually believe Paul lost fair and square, as if the media is not part and parcel of the establishment and had nothing to do with Obama the commie and McCain the fascist being where they are today. I bet these people never even checked out Google Trends to compare who was getting the most attention from the public with who got the most attention from the media and the very clear results the media attention garnered.

    Fair and square. Yeah, and Fox News is fair and balanced.

    Yeah, vote Obama. Big government hasn't worked because it hasn't gotten big enough, but Obama will save us from that- and we'll pay for it.

    "Beware of the man who speaks of sacrifice, for he speaks of slaves and masters. And he intends to be the master." -Ayn Rand

    September 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Freedom of Choice

    Well, who is he taking votes away from? Someone will certainly lose in this case. The votes he gets would have gone to both other candidates. Guess he will be getting the votes from people who are disgusted with all this mess.

    September 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I can't understand the idea of using your vote as a protest. Your vote MATTERS and if you don't vote for someone who actually has a chance at winning, you end up with George Bush for 8 years. Or his wannabee successor John McCain.

    If you don't like our voting system, if you want a viable third party, then work for it between elections and make it into something realistic. Nobody pays attention to your third party protest votes.

    Even if you feel you're voting for the lesser of two evils....VOTE for a republican or a democrat then work to change the system in a more productive manner.

    This old white woman is still voting for Obama. No protests, no gender voting.

    September 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. peggy chaney

    Evidently,my comments doesnt matter so i will quit trying.

    September 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Disgusting

    This reminds me of Beavis and Butthead.

    September 9, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. BRILLIANT!!!!!

    Ron Paul is terrific.

    And this is bloody brilliant.

    September 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    why isn't he running as an independant?

    September 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Erika

    I say Good for Ron Paul! In Your Face!

    Maybe the next time around, the GOP won't be so arrogant.

    Maybe the next time they'll think twice about hiring young kids to run around the state GOP conventions handing out smear campaign flyers and shoving "Vote Unity Slate" signs in the delegates' faces while they're trying to fill out their ballots.

    I know. I was there, and my name was on that smear flyer.

    This is what the GOP needs, a good kick in the head.

    As for Obama, sure, let him win. Let people find out what it's like to have a socialist government who takes 60% of their paycheck in the name of "social responsibility". Maybe in 2 years when it's time to pick a new Congress, they'll vote a little wiser. Maybe they'll forget about "voting Republican" or "voting Democrat". Maybe they'll read the Constitution and think about voting AMERICAN.

    September 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. Hillary

    If people think Hillary as Secretary of State is so wonderful, you are really brainwashed. That would be the biggest disaster this country would ever see. People do not care for Pelosi so Hillary is lost her chance when she was not picked by Obama.

    September 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Seth

    I supported Ron Paul's campaign with my time, energy, about $2000, and endless e-mailing. He is brilliant, as opposed to old 894 out of 899 John McCain. I hope his movement towards liberty and a constitutional government will expand. I am disappointed that he did not endorse Barack Obama. While Obama is way too liberal, he is a far, far better choice than the brain-dead neoconservative sellout McCain. With the election so close, his endorsement of Obama could have been the thing that saves our country from another four years of Bush disaster.

    September 9, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. John

    After reading all these false comments bashing Dr. Paul, now I know why we keep re-electing morons and our country is going down the drain.

    September 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Republican for change

    Ron - the stakes are too high. I understand that Obama may not be a perfect candidate but we cannot afford 4 more years of dangerous budget deficits, war and bad economic policies.

    We owe trillions of dollar to the Chinese because of GOP policies. If we get into a conflict, the Chinese won't have to use a single bomb. All they have to do is sell their USD foreign reserve and they're going to send us back into ice age.

    Let's put our differences aside for the sake of our future.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Amused foreigner

    i have followed this election interestingly. I am quite appalled at the low level of intelligence being exhibited by some in this election matters. Intelligence and ability to grasp issues are not gender or race related. its the sense of mind to stay focused on whats right for now and the future. All these cries about Obama, Palin, biden and cain should be analysed and pros and cons weighted, then the best possible choice should be made.

    1. Is it not obvious the only reason Sarah Palin is on McCain's ticket is to attract disgruntled female voters?

    2. For a woman who cannot remember and defend her positions on matters, i am surprised she gets any attention at all for being dumb.

    3. were this some african politics, CNN would be screaming and saying despicable things about the electorate process

    4. if i were to vote, wouldn't i look out for the candidate that offers better policies and not lies, talks about issues and not hiding under nuances, the one who is more forward facing not one dwelling in the glories of a failed war..

    Come on, i am surprised at all the nobama's, no hillary no obama, and mccain supporters. It goes to show our partisan the USA can be, i mean people voting on color, gender and all that crap rather than facing the realities of an economic downturn, deteriorating educational system, poor international image because of unreasonable wars.

    I am not eligible to vote, however in the light of recent events, I think McCain and Palin are a tard too wrong. A mum who cannot practice what she preaches and a man who is not in touch with the times are not the best choice for u america...

    You gotta think straight and now is the time!!!


    September 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. Farren Ballanst

    Is he still alive? Anyway, endorsing four unviable candidates is like endorsing nobody. Anyone who thinks this will have some kind of impact on the election is nuts.

    September 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Russell

    this man is off he is wasting his boat

    September 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Joe

    I really like her, it's just too bad she doesn't have a shot at winning.

    I'd LOVE to see the media bring more attention to her though and have her apart of the debates with Obama and McCain.

    September 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. steve

    cynthia mckinney??? lol she plays the race card even more than nobama!

    September 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Mickey/Texas

    Ron Paul with all due respect is having a meltdown. Stick to the facts Paul and not to your much better are you than McLame?I know "Old" sucks but this isn't about old and centurian idealism but about futuristic ideals. None of which you or ,"Old Man River McCain" have.

    September 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Porter

    Somehow I doubt Ron Paul will give his "seal of approval" to any socialist... whether it's Obama, McCain, McKinney, or Nader. We'll see though.

    September 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. rachae

    how can he endorse all four candidates>

    September 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Craig -Upstate NY

    I liked what Ron Paul said last week in Minnesota at the convention in his honor, in effect, that the power of thought is greater than any military force. Over time, a consensus will be reached, and these politicians better listen to the people they represent. Let's keep up the debate!

    September 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. AC

    This country is going down the drain because of libs

    September 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Not Ready For Prime Time

    Thanks John,

    Now you have united the Democratic Party because people will come out of the woodwork to keep Sarah from reaching D.C. She is a phony and a fake and does not deserve to be considered for dogcatcher, let alone VP.

    I hope the press wears her out with questions because she is not ready for PRIME TIME.

    Along with the glamour of the national spotlight, comes the glare of a heated spotlight. I hope Sarah has sunscreen lotion.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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