Paul heads back to D.C. for debt ceiling vote
January 17th, 2012
04:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul heads back to D.C. for debt ceiling vote

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is taking a day off from the campaign trail in South Carolina to return to the nation's capital to vote on a House Republican resolution on the nation's debt ceiling.

Paul's presidential campaign says the longtime congressman from Texas will head back to Capitol Hill Wednesday, to vote on a GOP proposal that would deny President Barack Obama's request to increase the nation's debt ceiling.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

As part of last summer's deal to extend the country's debt ceiling, congressional Republicans demanded a provision to hold a vote on a resolution disapproving the move – which would give conservative lawmakers another chance to show their opposition, even though there's little chance the resolution would pass Congress and make it to the president's desk. The number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer called the vote a "charade."

Paul, who's making his third bid for the presidency, opposed last summer's agreement between the White House and Congress, saying at the time that "I have never voted to raise the debt ceiling, and I never will."

Tuesday, Paul's campaign used the candidate's departure from campaign trail to criticize some his rivals for the GOP nomination.

"Ron Paul is taking real action to stop the debt wherever he can while his rivals for the Republican nomination pay only lip service. Tomorrow's vote will divide leaders into two starkly different camps: the tax-and-spend establishment, and the true reformers who want to roll back decades of government enlargement, overreach, and irresponsibility," said Paul campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The campaign says Paul will return to South Carolina Thursday morning, in time for a CNN-Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate in Charleston that evening. Saturday is the Palmetto State's first in the south primary, the third contest in the primary and caucus calendar.

Also see:

Huckabee clarifies role in new Romney ad

Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum

Pro-Romney group leads 2012 super PAC spending blitz

Romney says his effective tax rate is 15%

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ron Paul
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Paul's presidential campaign says the longtime congressman from Texas will head back to Capitol Hill Wednesday, to vote on a GOP proposal that would deny President Barack Obama's request to increase the nation's debt ceiling
    Problem is it is a done deal. The vote is purely symbolic. Obama WILL spend us another 1.2 TRILLION into the socialist abyss. Expect another USA downgrade, the second Obama downgrade.

    Obama - The Food Stamp and Downgrade President

    January 17, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth . . . – typicla republican blame game. Blame Obama for the republican failures.

    January 17, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Tyler1982

    he's the man! cut spending, pay off the debt, cut taxes to stimulate the economy, he's an awesome president!

    Oh wait....he's not, and probably won't be. that's a shame.
    I guess America has a few years left for the collapse. That, too, is a shame.

    January 17, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    Yes, yes, increase the debt ceiling, to buy more crunchings and munchings.

    January 17, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Eric

    Paul is the only candidate against runaway spending, and his consistent "NO" to debt ceiling increases for both big spending republican and big spending democrat administrations prove this.

    January 17, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Vote NO to Obama's Liberal lunacy Ron! He is fulfilling his ideological plan of European Socialism for us all. Meanwhile he is gutting our Military and plans to take $500 Billion from Medicare to pay for his ridiculous Obozocare and more Food stamps-for-votes! What a miserable excuse for an American President!

    January 17, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Patriot Awesome

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth – Where were you when Bush ran up the debt and deficit?

    If not for the Bush tax cuts, the deficit-financed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression (including the cost of policymakers’ actions to combat it), we would not be facing these huge deficits in the near term. By themselves, in fact, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will account for almost half of the $20 trillion in debt that, under current policies, the nation will owe by 2019. The stimulus law and financial rescues will account for less than 10 percent of the debt at that time.

    January 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. @Truth

    As opposed to Bush who destroyed the economy and already placed the U.S. into your drunken sailor abyss. As far as the food stamps, it is because of the Bush policies that put them there. Obama is not the great savior that people thought he would be, but if you take off your elephant colored glasses, he is not as bad as you make him out to be. Truth, you are nothing if not predictable. Get a new line of attacks

    January 17, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Why is he wasting taxpayer's money? It was decided last year. They will vote No and the president will over-ride it. It has been written already.

    Have to have the money to make the payments due on the wars that were not funded.

    January 17, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Len Smith

    Wait a minute, I thought this was a done deal. We have to pay for those taxcuts for the wealthy and for the wars started by President Obama in Iraq and Afganistan. Oh, at least President Bush left us with a hugh Surplus only to see Obama lose it all.

    January 17, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Fred M Tolleson

    If you want to see a real political slaughter, just hang around till this fall and see Obama trounce whoever the Republicans put up for the race. The GOP has laid out every wrinkle and defect of every candidate! This information, plus the information yet to be yielded by Democratic operatives should finish off anybody so unlucky to run this time around. The only question left is whether Obama will have a wide enough pull to regain the House majority and improve the Senate count.

    January 17, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Hope for Change

    Len, Bush Started all the wars, Obama had to finish them. And The economy began it's tanking 6 years ago, If you do the math that put Bush into office, Obama had not even announced his idea to run for President.
    Thank you above to Patriot and Wire for your help.

    January 17, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Anni

    OMG you people do not know how government works and for everything you blame Obama who has nothing to do with this at all it started years ago and got bad with 2 wars under BUsh-Repukes). Imagine you marry a woman with a huge debt and now it's your household and you must pay your current bills and also pay her bills and her friends. Friends refused to pay their share and asking for a break because they feel that you are responsible as a new husband for all of it. So in regards to pay your current bills you still have to pay the old one regardless but when you ask her buddies to help paying they say NO WAY you have to stop spending but we will continue spend on things we like and you and your family pay for it and maybe we will give you some but not all. NOw do you math and pay your bills. If you are had enough to pay somebody 's else old bills you would divorce your wife and move on or if you love your wife and kids yours and hers then you try your best to do it because it's a right thing to do. It's hard to run a family with leeches at your heels and be blamed for everything that goes wrong on you. Small minded and uneducated people will do that to you because they never had a big checkbook to begin with and don't know how to balance one for that matter. Each Government should pay as you go bills like any smart American does with their income. It's hard to balance book with the riches standing with a hand out and getting all and the rest of the family must bare the cost. Get real and for once and decide what part of your family you stand for. or divorce would be an options. The choice is yours, if you love your country you will help to achieve and force the guilty ones to pay up and cough up some of the money. Obviously none of you love your country enough and blame the ones that is trying to work with everybody to get it right. No miracles overnight no matter what. Ignorance can be cured but stupid is forever. The wife can always divorce him and get somebody with more money but he will not pay any of her bills but still will stick it to her family, never his and will tell you can't buy this or that because there is no money.. Go for the new husband then don't complain if you get a pink slip and more bills to pay and none of the rich uncles will lift a finger and will still blame you. Remember Corporations are people then marry one next year, we will see where this marriage will take you. LOL. If you can't pay your bills and theirs and you lost all your safety nets don't blame the new husband,look in the mirror and weep.

    January 17, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. diridi

    Do you want unemployed to die? shame. Do you want Rich to pay less tax and rob the nation? Food stamps. I never took food stamps nor unemployment money either. I support this program, this is designed to protect. Or else, in as i told so, in gun free society gun prevails. o.k, Mitt Romney paid only 15 percent. Shame. What nonsense, these idiots are crying....GOP and its backed up thugs....way to go America. It is your karma....Obama2012.

    January 17, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Ron Paul has my vote. The other candidates, including Obama, cannot be trusted to encourage Congress to make significant cuts to our debt. Ron Paul 2012!

    January 17, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Sanity

    I bet he is one of the few that cares enough about going to DC and voting no to this establishment madness knowing he is going to be alone on that , because the rest of'em are sell outs. I sit hear in Germany thinking why, why won't your media give this man the creditibility he deserves so that your people can see that this man is the only qualified candidate for the presedency ! He is in fact the ONLY electable candidate and I know that because I don't watch CNN, FOX, MSNBC or your other MSM....God bless him !

    January 17, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. @Truth needs to buy a clue

    @Truth – I hope your irrational hatred of our President turns off most reasonable Americans to your point of view. Why is one in seven Americans on food stamps? Perhaps its because the U.S. economy went off a cliff begining in 2007 – right after a six year period where the GOP had control of the White House, the Senate, and the House – and pushed through a massive, unwise tax cut that disproportionately benefited a small number of Americans, started two wars, and continued the stagnation of incomes for 90% of American workers, had no energy policy whatsoever, and allowed healthcare costs to increase unchecked at 15% per year. Note that much of what the Obama Administration has been doing has been aimed a fixing those very issues.

    January 17, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. vote_for_ron_paul

    Keep fighting Ron!!

    January 17, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Namejkane fl

    Ron Paul go home, your to old and we don't need more disfunctional gov sponsored by the teapublican extremest such as yourself. Your wasting tax payers money, that you preach againest for a meaningless vote for political show.all you teapublican clowns will go down in Obama landslide in 2012.we like a functioning gov , not the horse and buggy days that you propose. And we like obamacare too!!!!

    January 17, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. kayla

    thanks anni, i could not have said it better myself.
    obama 2012

    January 17, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    "I have never voted to raise the debt ceiling, and I never will."

    This is one of his biggest problems he uses the word "never" too often. That along suggest he is not open to compromise of any kind. In any event the man is dangerous.

    January 17, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. jfl1950

    Everyone tinks the government gives you 99 weeks of unemployment. All you get is what money you put into it and the government kiks in $25.00 till it runs out 6 weeks or 52 weeks that's it.
    I am glad they vote it down tey need to go to a tier 5 for us to collect any thing now. Working since I was 16 and now 62 been unemployed now 3 years if it wasn't for my savings and taking early retirement I would not make it. House is paid off and owe no bills. Can't collect food stamps because I have a 401K.

    January 17, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. drew1503

    BOTH parties are to blame. They are 2 sides of the same coin but I can see they still fool a lot of Americans. Have you not noticed not much has changed no matter who is in office? They are all bought and paid for shills.
    Ron Paul 2012! Restore the Constitution and the Republic. That is why the troops support Dr. Paul.

    January 17, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Hair bear

    Why waste the air fare! He could have called in ah No Vote!

    January 17, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. gg

    5 trillion wasted on wars

    January 17, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
1 2 3