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. GOP = Greed Over People

    Tell the truth, it was actually their walkers that got them on their feet.

    February 11, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. BrianInMesa

    You've not got my vote Ron!

    February 11, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Adrian

    Paleocon – look it up... Reads a lot more like you remember your youth, right?

    February 11, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Rand P

    This man will get the job done.

    February 11, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. waldo

    You gotta love this guy. He's the only honest politician who's not afraid to call it the way it is.

    February 11, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. duke

    I would consider the Elder Paul,just not in 2012!

    February 11, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Independent

    I could actually support a Ron Pau / Bernie Sanders ticket.

    February 11, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. VictorC

    Who wrote this article, a Ron Paul supporter? Goodness it seems more like a propaganda piece. The people cheering on the floor were the people his organizations bought tickets for, of course they would cheer!

    Can someone also please explain how his "campaign caught fire?" with fiscal conservatives? He finished near last or last in most primaries and only appeals to a fringe wing promulgated by the odd and ex-liberals who normally would support liberal candidates if not for Paul.

    How on earth is this considered real journalism, or is it just another attempt by CNN to try to direct the narrative of the Conservative movement in order to create a false schism?

    February 11, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Being this is the second story down on the ticker at this point; and the Palin -look-alike story is more recent has way more responses than this one, it'll go away and so will Ron Paul. Repugs is that all you got...a retread Libertarian?

    February 11, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. S. In California

    He will undoubtedly LOSE again.

    February 11, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. laura

    I am voting Ron Paul or I am not voting at all. I will not vote for some RINO neocon. The "lesser of two evils" is still evil. Romney, palin, trump, whomever, they are all moderate at best. Moderation and "bipartisanship" has gotten us where we are today, I don't know about you all, but I have had enough.

    February 11, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. JCash

    Paul/Johnson '12

    February 11, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. John

    You don't have my vote Ron.

    February 11, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Tom in Wisconsin

    Sadly, all the conservatives who so loudly cheer Paul will once again vote for Republican politicians who stand in complete contrast to what Paul says. They will cheer Paul and then demand more government policies and more federal laws to enforce "moral law" on the citizens of this once free country.

    February 11, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Larry

    A "quixotic" run for president? According to .... none other than CNN.

    February 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. smithjr38

    Ron is a BS Artist and so is his son.
    The GOP can do better than that .We need a leader like Trump and not another a candy dandy who knows knowing about life .

    February 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Lori in St Pete

    "Paul advocated for a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society"

    FABULOUS!!!! It'll be no time at all before America becomes like Brazil with the all the wealthy hiding behind their walls & gates while the unwashed masses struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

    February 11, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Eric

    The biggest problem with Ron Paul is his own supporters. Watch the responses to my comment for proof.

    February 11, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. what a joke


    CPAC could care less who their nominee is..they're just hateful ignorant people WITH NO IDEAS and hypocritcal views! please, NO one they put on their ticket will have my vote! i wonder what type of bs they'll try to pull in 2012! are they going to close polling stations to coloreds and minorities? i bet you anything we'll hear some of this come Nov 4 2012!

    February 11, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. kokomo

    Ron Paul is the only one I'll vote for... the rest are incompetent at best and traitors at worst. And Ron Paul is right... the republicans have been part of the problem. Restore the 10th amendment!

    February 11, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Marko

    This is one very scary bunch of folks. Our country would look like Iran if they ever were to come to power.

    February 11, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Lori in St Pete

    Anyone who thinks "a complete governmental retreat in every realm of society" is good for America should be dropped in the middle of Somalia or Sierra Leone with nothing but their money.

    February 11, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. p

    I like Ron Paul, but I'd never vote for him. He has a known racist past.
    Trump is a clown and nothing but a media whooah.
    That being said, let them run. I look forward to President Obama's second term.

    February 11, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Jason

    Ron Paul is by far the biggest star at CPAC. Liberty is popular!

    February 11, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Anthony

    Run, Ron, Run! He might not be the smoothest talker, but he'd set this country on the right path and confront the idiots on the right and left.

    Oh, and epic FAIL on this article for using the word "quixotic." Did your word processor put that in automatically when you typed Ron Paul's name?

    February 11, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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