Occupy vs. Ron Paul
December 29th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Occupy vs. Ron Paul

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Five members of the Occupy the Caucus movement in Des Moines Iowa were arrested this morning while blockading the entrance to Ron Paul's campaign headquarters.

Using their iconic mic-check speaking style, the protestors spoke out against Ron Paul's campaign pledge to close the Environmental Protection Agency if elected.

Sitting arm in arm, the members of the Occupy movement chanted; "We are fighting for the future generations. In order to live we need clean air, clean water, and safe food. Don't dismantle the EPA. We won't allow this business to open before our demands are met."

Police gave the protestors the opportunity to move from the private entrance to the public sidewalk twenty feet away. Some complied, but five refused to move and were arrested.

Many of the occupy demonstrators claimed sympathy, if not outright support for the ideology of Ron Paul, which made this protest especially uncomfortable for both the occupiers and the campaign.

One of the arrested protester's named Clark Davidson claimed to be a Ron Paul precinct captain as he was led away in handcuffs.

"I don't believe with Ron Paul on every single issue...I came to stand with my sisters. I came to address that with the campaign and I just got arrested," Davidson said.

No one from the Paul Campaign was immediately available for comment.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Occupy Wall Street • Ron Paul
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. thomas mc

    Only neonazis and ostriches support Ron Paul now. Who would pay to publish and mail a news letter, in his own name, for a decade and a half, without ever even READING one of them? If that's the way he runs a newsletter, gods help us if he ever gets in the White House!

    It's seldom that people are wrong about EVERYTHING. Ron Paul says a lot of things that make a lot of sense, and need to be heard.

    But, I would never, EVER vote for for such a BIGOT!

    December 29, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    He wants to dismantle the EPA just like his amnesiatic governor.

    Occupy vs. Anyone

    December 29, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. malabar

    in honor of these activists i will burn through an entire tank of gas today hahahaha every time i hear occupy it conjures up words like filth, rape, thieves, murder, arrests, in other words everything they have achieved so far

    December 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Maybe people should revisit Ron Paul's tax plans and proposals. He is definitely for the 1%.

    December 29, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Marc

    Paul would reduce EPA spending by 30% from fy 2006 not eliminate it. Check his website if you don't believe me.

    December 29, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. stone tools

    thomas: and who would attend church services by a racist like Rev. Wright without knowing that he was spouting anti-american, racist bile?

    December 29, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. glenn robert

    Occupy, conjures up really weird stuff that has nothing to do with Occupy!

    December 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Iowa..."Vote smart"

    The smart vote is to choose a "leader" and not a preacher...Vote New Gingrich who is politically savvy and will choose a business-wise running mate to make the ideal team in 2012...all the way to the White House...!

    December 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Obayashi

    Well...what can the people do to the party of "Gimme Oil Pipeline" or "Grand Oil Party?" They do not want to be resticted even though pollution is harmful to earth. Unless....they inhale polluted air, drink polluted water and have a stomach ache for eating virus infected foods, that way they will realize the country needs regulations.

    December 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. anagram_kid

    Malbar wtore”in honor of these activists i will burn through an entire tank of gas today hahahaha.” What exactly will that gesture accomplish other than wasting your own money? China is adding about 10,000 cars to the road per day. Does this give you any indication of how insignificant your attempt at an insult is? As for the occupy movement’s achievements… they got your attention right?

    December 29, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. ConcernedDad

    The "Occupy Movement" has become comic relief at this point. I will defend their right to protest but they must defend my right to consider them irrelevant and downright funny.

    December 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. JT Buck

    I thought this was by the "Occupy" movement. The occupy movement is about one thing, wealth disparity and its continuation by the financial system and corporate interference in politics. If anything, this should be an embarrassment to the entire occupy movement as it solidifies the idea that they can't form a cohesive message from one group to the next.

    December 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. daveindenver

    Occupy is a complete waste of time, great gripes, but absolutely no solutions. I really think Obama should embrace these people completely since he hasn't come up with any solutions to our problems either. They are a perfect fit.

    December 29, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Original Tea Party & Occupy movements are merging

    It is not extremist to ask questions about Building # 7

    Learning from & teaching each other

    Agree on more issues than disagree

    December 29, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Liz the First


    in honor of these activists i will burn through an entire tank of gas today hahahaha every time i hear occupy it conjures up words like filth, rape, thieves, murder, arrests, in other words everything they have achieved so far"

    I guess you're one of the 1%. i guess you also have no children or you would care about whether they had a decent planet to grow up and raise their children on. Ron Paul is an anarchist. he should be exiled to Somalia for a year to find out how he likes living in a country with no functioning government. the EPA is saving lives! guess that's not important to the rethugs and anarchists. people who want to dismantle our government are enemies of the country.

    December 29, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. zadoc

    Iowa caucuses are coming back again, I see. These caucuses are really anti-American, anti-democracy, and promote extremists over reasonable candidates.

    If you don't know what a caucus is or how it works, here's a really good article: http://www.wepolls.com/p/6839729

    How anyone can agree with this system is beyond me.

    December 29, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Mike in SA

    "As for the occupy movement’s achievements… they got your attention right?" – @anagram_kid

    So did the bed bugs when I was in New York.

    December 29, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. cole

    Too bad these folks didn't bother to read his full position on the environment. Paul argues for the libertarian approach that enforcing property rights is more effective than bureaucratic regulations. Instead of a multi-million dollar bureaucracy with tens of thousands of pages of laws and loopholes, have a simple law that prevents any person or corporation from polluting your property. The standard for allowable pollution goes from being an arbitrary amount set by EPA bureaucrats to ZERO. Enforcement would be easier, collecting for any damages would be easier, and a massive amount of wasteful spending would be eliminated. Is that really so hard to understand?

    December 29, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Rob

    AWWW the media couldn't keep him under for long! He couldn't win eh?

    Now they have to attack someone else's words that were autopenned by RP. And he's been attacked for it for TWENTY YEARS! CMON it's pathetic try something else already!
    RP will win. And I'll say I told you so. I can't wait to see him Btchslap Obama in the elections. It's gonna be a TRIUMPH!!
    nice try media. We win.

    December 29, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Don't bother anagram_kid. The rethugliban/teabaggers would cut their own throats if they thought it would get a rise out of "The Left".

    December 29, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Error

    @malabar : Please explain, in better detail, how any of those disgusting, slanderous words have anything to do with the Occupy movment, with the exception that they get arrested for having the downright audacity of invoking their right to free speech in public without a starched collar?

    December 29, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Frank

    The Ron Paul supporters posting here are certainly scary enough without knowing how many of his political positions are downright lunatic fringe.

    December 29, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. nrog

    "Many of the occupy demonstrators claimed sympathy, if not outright support for the ideology of Ron Paul".

    Wow. I don't think I've lived a time when people were so incredibly confused about what they believe, why they believe it, and the implications of embracing various ideologues. OWS people don't seem to have thought more than a centimeter below the surface. Much like Tea Partiers, in pursuit of a shiny apple they are willing to embrace a snake dressed in a respectable suit.

    December 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. bud

    Can't just anyone get an "Occupy" sign and protest something in the name of the so called "occupy movement"? Stranger things have happened. Watch the documentary on Lee Atwater, the political campaign icon.

    December 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul wants to deregulate everything, naively thinking that if the states take care of regulations, pollution won't cross state lines. He also thinks that "the market" will correct itself when something goes wrong; he thinks that if that means companies will finally go out of business because they've killed off all their customers and destroyed the planet, that's OK, because capitalism will have been allowed to run its "natural" course.

    And why should he care? He'll be dead long before then, with a smug little smile on his face that he did it all in the name of "freedom."

    December 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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