Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet
February 11th, 2011
04:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul gets CPAC crowd on their feet

Washington (CNN) - Texas Rep. Ron Paul addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, repeating the mantra of limited government that has rocketed him to stardom among a certain segment of conservative activists.

Easily garnering the most enthusiastic applause of the day, Paul advocated for a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society.

"We've had way too much bipartisanship for about 60 years," said Paul, in comments that drew one of many standing ovations during the 25-minute speech. "It's the bipartisanship of the welfare system, the warfare system…it all goes through with support from both parties. "

"There is truly a revolution going on in this country. We live in a time where we don't just need a change in attitude and a change in ideas," Paul also said. "We need to change our philosophy about what this country is all about. "

Paul, who ran a quixotic presidential bid in 2008 that caught fire with many fiscal conservatives and libertarians, added the crisis in Egypt is further proof American needs to disentangle from its foreign engagements.

"We need to do a lot less, a lot sooner, not only in Egypt, but around the world," he said. "The people don't like us propping up our dictators no more than we would like it if a foreign country propped up a dictator here."

Paul was the winner of the straw poll here last year, and, judging by the reception of the over-capacity crowd, is a favorite to win again. This year's straw poll will be closely watched given the annual event has become an early testing ground for potential GOP presidential candidates.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. George D

    Ron Paul is the only one that puts the people first.. our last founding father..

    February 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Quixotic?

    Do all these reporters copy each other over and over again? I'll bet if I google "quixotic" and "ron paul" together that I get at least 50 different artricles with that same terminology.

    February 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. iola anderson

    PAUL -PALIN-unbeatable ticket.

    February 11, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Bob

    Methinks "Marie MD" needs to prescribe herself some more meds.

    February 11, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Ausscyn

    RON & RAND!!!
    THE STARS of CPAC!!!!!

    If the media would just let the public listen to their message on mainstream tv, & implement that message, we could turn our country around!!!

    RON for POTUS 2012!!!

    February 11, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. kyle

    Just GOP talk, he has no real answers to fix America's problems.

    February 11, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. rusty155

    I just want to know one thing and that Is. All I hear are these die hard Conservatives keep saying we have too take America back, I all way thought American people have America so who are we going to take It back from are self.

    February 11, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Jim

    How discouraging! The only potential candidate who is taking the debt problem seriously and talking about serious cuts is an un-electible semi-nuts Ron Paul.

    February 11, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Freedomroad

    Yes it's much better be mowed down by your over reaching government or be forced by the likes of hitler types to take over everything or the pre cold war Russia where government owns and runs everything for you that would work real well! No thanks I'll take my freedom and God given not government given rights, because what gov gives gov takes and then some. Ya that'd be great!

    February 11, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. SWP

    Ron Paul Revolution 2012

    February 11, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Karl

    Ron Paul I think you are a farce. I am sure your a nice guy and all that but your policies will not work Ron. This is not a fantasy world we live in Ron, there is no way it ever will be. As long as we have the corruption that abounds in Washington and in Politics, with the citizens being stomped on and told how to live their life, when to live it, and for how long they can live it, there will never be a whole lot of middle gound that anyone will be able to agree on. Neither you, nor your son, can handle the economy. It will take someone who is willing to get "blood" on their hands to get America straightened out ----- and that "blood" bath must start in Washington at the highest levels of Government.

    February 11, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. p3orion

    Ron Paul has some fine ideas, but until he sheds his association with the tinfoil-hat Truther crowd, he'll never shake the "crazy" label.

    February 11, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Waldoresponse

    Waldo, Ron Paul denounced the New Letter you quoted, does that not count. Wasn't written by him, and he disagrees with it, but you still keep using it. Also, to say his son is against Civil Rights, and as bad as Calling something Patriotic, or for the greater good. What he said was that personal property rights should still exist. You can't govern morality, even though you try. If someone owned a business and wouldn't serve minorities, I wouldn't shop there. Simple as that. Affirmative action gives more rights to an individual based on the color of their skin. No one should have more rights than another person because of their race.

    February 11, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Kerry McCarthy

    I supported and voted for GHWB (after RR) and got a Rockerfeller NWO-Republican instead of the traditional conservative that I wanted. Then I voted against Clinton and when Bill was elected we still got a Rockerfeller NWO-Republican instead of a traditional liberal. Then it was GWB's turn, another Rockerfeller NWO-Republican instead of the traditional conservative. I will always support and vote for a traditional conservative (Ron Paul), and will never again support either party's Rockerfeller NWO-Republican (McCain, Trump, Hillary, etc.)

    Thank you Ron Paul.

    February 11, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Anyone notice that the -real- hate-filled comments are posted by the liberals here? Hypocrites.

    The initials of the old Nazi party perfectly define the DNC and current liberal Democraps:

    NSDAP = National Socialist Democrat Activist Party. Leftists, just like the Nazis.

    February 11, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. TheChairman

    Anyone notice that the -real- hate-filled comments are posted by the liberals here? Hypocrites.

    The initials of the old Nazi party perfectly define the DNC and current liberal Democrats:

    NSDAP = National Socialist Democrat Activist Party. Leftists, just like the Nazis.

    February 11, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. hardrain77

    Ron Paul is a shining beacon of truth. Everyone else is poop.

    February 11, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. James Smith

    Ron and Rand Paul are fringe candidates with the luck of being elected. They're anti-Semtic rantings disqualify them from any vote, by me...ever. They contarian jerks that offer no positive message, only gloom and doom. We have to move by screaming about the problem and offer realistic solutions. Preaching less bi-partisanship will only further poison the political discourse in America and is counterproductive.

    Calling any conservative (who they claim to share philosophical kinship) is low-brow and ignorant. Either they're with Code Pink or they're with the conservatives...seems they'd rather be with Code Pink.

    February 11, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Isaiah

    Supporting the right to free association (I.e. Ppl can be racist jerks if they want) is not the same thing as being racist. You can support someones right to be racist while condemning their behavior. That was the point Rand Paul was making. Liberty is free if you only have liberty to make the right choice. RP support the majority of the improperly named civil rights act (human rights shouldve been the name).

    As for other issues, there are numerous, well thought out reasons why the government should retreat from every ascept of our lives. First and foremost, freedom. Secondly, prosperity. Perhaps the previous three years told you nothing. Pick up a book by hayek about the business cycle and tell me that is not what occured.

    February 11, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. charles mayer

    i hope Ron leads us to a much smaller government,,,if he runs, i will vote for him....

    February 11, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Randy Collins

    Ron Paul cannot be counted on or trusted to protect the citizens of this country. He was the ONLY congressman to vote no on House Resolution 1326 which demanded the immediate return of thousands of illegally abducted AMERICAN children by Japanese nationals. The Resolution passed the House by a margin of 416-1. Isolationism is one thing. Disregarding and sacrificing the health and safety of our illegally abducted American children is a disgraceful

    February 11, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Massimo Deportado

    Why don't all you libs move to Cuba? China? if liberalism is so great??

    February 11, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. redware

    These libertarian kooks are anarchists, not conservatives.CPAC has become a joke.Is it any wonder that so many real conservatives are boycotting this group? Trump had it right,Ron Paul has zero chance of winning-thank God! The only reason these college kids support Paul is because he will legalize their drugs.He probably supplies them free if they come to CPAC and vote for him in the straw poll.

    February 11, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Instead of calling this CPAC it should be RPAC – Regressive Political Action Conference ! Nothing but tired , old, failed GOP ideology . America got fooled last November ! Amazing !

    February 11, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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