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. DMC

    America: Home of the rich smug and stupid

    December 29, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Jacob Lambeth

    @thomas mc. he never said he didnt read any of the newsletters. He just didnt happen to read the two controversial articles. There were probably thousands of articles total. Give him a break. I'm sure being a doctor is a little bit of a commitment.

    December 29, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Eric

    Does anyone here even know anything about environmental science?

    Federal EPA is less strict when it comes to enforcing laws.
    Usually, State laws are far more strict.

    To be fair, when the EPA comes and there is a violation, there will be hell to pay.

    What I'm saying is this:
    Whatever it is that the EPA addresses, can be addressed by your local DEP.
    The EPA is just another Federal Bureaucracy that delays the process of change.

    Not only that, why should the tax payers of CT pay for the Environmental Problems of CA? That's CA's problem and they should be able to handle that. If not, people will help and donate their money if necessary like in the past. There is no need for another Federal Agency to squander away our money.

    December 29, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Marcus

    Truth... – Since you can't give any useful information/data that can't be debunked with th the help of 'Google' and the likes you are now 'assuming/thinking'?
    Like it or not they (OWS) have the same right to expose their social/political positions/opinions as long as they don't interfere on other people's right, if they do that (which seemed to be the case) then it's up for the police to arrest them.
    Not for what the police 'assumed/thought' that they did, but for they ACTUALLY did.
    Is it too much to ask for some 'truth' from your part?

    December 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. DMC

    Any nation which re-elected a president knowing full well that he was taking them to war based on falsehoods, lies and deception deserves the likes of Ron Paul as President

    December 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. JL

    People here think the president is more powerful than they actually are. There a checks and balances, so even though ron paul doesnt believe in the income tax, for example, he can't immediately get rid of it (nor would he)! He's the only politician who respects the limited power of the executive branch.

    December 29, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. jflo

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that is not paid and bought for the corporation. Obama and the rest of the republicans are bought by the banks, the military industrial complex and the big pharma, ending coporate welfare and foreign aid. Why do you think the corporate media from both sides of the political spectrum are taking shots at Paul(both MSNBC,CNN and FOX)?

    December 29, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    Someone brought up the idea of pollution crossing state lines. That's true, and Ron Paul is not against the idea of states in a region agreeing to work with each other to resolve these problems. You may remember that under GWB, when some of the Western states felt they needed environmental regulation the EPA was not willing to enforce, they had to fight the EPA for the right to do it. Ron Paul is not about breaking up the nation, but letting the nation function in a way that better serves the needs of each region.

    December 29, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Eric wrote:

    Not only that, why should the tax payers of CT pay for the Environmental Problems of CA?
    Good question. Why should CT taxpayers have rebuild bridges prematurely because of environmental pollution problems in CA causing acid rain in CT? Good question.

    December 29, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Roger

    People really need to educate themselves and not listen to other people period. There is a lot of false stuff going around that people buy into because a certain person says it is a fact. Ron Paul has accepted the he failed in neglecting his own newsletter. The man helped a black couple in the 1970's when most white people would have never bothered. Please get all your information before you call someone a racist. It only makes you look uneducated when you go off about something before you have all the facts. If you think there is another GOP that isn't more of the same you are only fooling yourself. Has anyone else noticed how no one with a agenda wants this guy to win? When that happens it usually means its because he stands for something good. Has anyone noticed outside of this newsletter nothing else can be proven about Ron Paul? This isn't new....it was heavily reported in 2008. He made a mistake but has not once voted to bail out companies with our tax dollars. If people keep voting more of the same we will never improve this Country. I'm tired of all these people on Ron Paul about this rather minute situation (compared to our financial windfall) instead of making other candidates be responsible for what they have and haven't done. We need change in this Country and fast. Occupy is a joke anyways almost comical as shown by the Daily Show.

    December 29, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. travis

    A bit ironic that Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate that openly supports OWS's right to protest, and understands the core reason for the protests. Yet they come to protest against him. Oh well. It isn't only democrats protesting. I have been to 9 or 10 marches in Denver. I will be voting Ron Paul on Feb. 7.

    December 29, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. cf

    Funny... Ron Paul supporters condone the same acts and demonstrations - in the name of "liberty" and "freedom" - when it benefits their beliefs. When someone else exercises the same, however... not so much.

    December 29, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Chris 2

    The Occupy movement had to really reach on this one, just because he has an "R" behind his name. Google search Paul's 1988 video interview of "the American power structure" and he talks about the same situation the Occupy movement is protesting.He was talking about the crony capatialism and how the banks never lose before many of these protesters were born.

    December 29, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. sameeker

    Where were the police arresting people for the violence at the shopping malls this year? You can create all of the ruckus you want as long as you are spending money.

    December 29, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Ken in MO

    This is crazy. CNN is not saying anything bad about Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the one that said he would do away with the EPA....he did not say 30%, etc. He said get rid of. Again, I think he is a good man just flat out wrong. I dont know if he is a bigot but I bet if Obama's newsletter (he having written/read it or not) or even Newt's, the right would have screamed that he is a racist and a bigot. Frankly, his explanation of "i didnt read it" is total bull.

    December 29, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Jack

    Ron Paul believes we all live on Walton Mountain. We'll all take care of each other and don't need any government. Well, what will happen is the strong and wealthy will get what they want and the rest of us will just have to suffer along. The rivers will once again become polluted. The car companies will once again pump CO2 into the atmosphere. Strip mining would be rampant. Education would be for those that can afford it (or free to those who go to religious schools). We have a government to help regulate waste, abuse, greed, and the dark side of human nature. If you don't pay taxes you don't have police you have motorcycle gangs running things. Yeah, like to see what happens when the motorcycle gangs go to Walton Mountain.

    December 29, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Ben Doverhereitcomes

    Holy crap! Now you guys are really stretching. Many of the OWS are Paul supporters.

    December 29, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Adam, Central NJ

    Ron Paul does not advocate ANARCHY, he advocates AUTONOMY and self-reliance.
    I vehemently support environmentalism, however the EPA is about environmental mitigation, not protection. If you really think the EPA is effective or has your best interest in mind, the only protection warranted is for my eyes/ears.
    DEP over EPA, RON PAUL over corrupt shadow-puppet career-politicians.

    December 29, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |

    I can only assume that the Occupiers proclivity for defecating in public is something they believe is organic and helps the environment.

    December 29, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Creaturz

    just goes to show some exist on this planet just to occupy stupid.

    December 29, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. glyder

    there is an occupy movement in hollywood right?or do those 1% get a pass?

    December 29, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Matt

    The EPA and other scientific agencies should be the Strongest governmental agencies... In Science we trust!

    December 29, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. With Paul you get some good positions . . .

    ending the wars, legalizing pot and some bad . . . government in the bedroom, dirty air and water, unsafe drugs with no federal oversight . . .

    December 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Contrary to what these ignorant shills may have been told, Ron Paul is not against the environment. He just wants to deal with environmental issues in a different way. As it stands, corporations lobby the EPA so they can write the regulations on how much they can legally pollute. Ron Paul says that the government has no right to give permission to corporations to pollute because it is YOUR property that they are polluting. Therefore, he wants to strengthen private property rights in order to put these decisions into the hands of the people.

    December 29, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. CantHave HimIn

    It is incredible how much damage this elderly man would do to our clean America if he, God forbid, was to be let loose in the White House!

    December 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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