January 18th, 2012
06:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul doesn't have many fans in Congress

Washington (CNN) - Briefly back in Congress doing his day job, Ron Paul met with high school students outside his office.

True to form, he signed copies of the Constitution and wryly told them with a chuckle, "No one around here reads it very much. I'd like to get everybody to read it."


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ron Paul
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  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    No legislation in 30 years. Quite the track record.

    January 18, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. jparker77

    Not many fans? thats odd. His son ' Rand' is part of that group that swore alligence to Grover Norquist & took the pledge to do nothing.

    January 18, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Ron Paul's young supporters are attracted to his overly simplistic message. He won't fight unnecessary wars. Great idea – and something the other Republicans should learn. But to suggest we can disengage with our military relationship across the globe is to suggest that somehow our interests will be defended without our contribution. As long as we depend of oil we'll need to keep shipping lanes open. We also live in a global economy and our foreign trade arrangements are critical to sustainment of our economy. Part of our ability to protect trade is our military capability.
    Paul over-simplifies other complex situations as well. The infrastructure of America depends on a federal capability to manage highway, bridges, harbors, waterways and other projects "too big" for the states. We control millions of acres of federal lands – parks and wilderness areas enjoyed by all Americans and contributing significantly to our standard of living. Paul would relinguish control of these lands to states where they would be quickly exploited by politicians bought and paid for by industry. Environmental protection is yet another area Paul would leave to the states. How much protection do you think Rick Perry would give Texans from the oil industry he's been doing lap dances for? Do you think pollution is contained by state or national boundaries? What about the Department of Commerce? Who will negotiate complex trade agreements with trade partners around the world? How about Social Security and Medicare? Do you trust private industry to do the right thing for citizens? Paul does... The States? You can call Paul a Libertarian – but he's an anarchist. You can say he believes in non-intervention – but he's an isolationist.

    January 18, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    Given the utter and Obvious corruption in Congress ..........having No Fans in that Congress is a GREAT THING!

    Clumsy uneducated article.

    January 18, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. stujordan

    No friends in congress...all the reason I need to vote for the guy! Ron Paul 2012!!!

    January 18, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. @OmegaRaiel

    I expected the article to go into detail about how fellow Congressmen don't like Paul.

    January 18, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. SCes

    My problem with Rep. Paul is not so much his ideological stands, but that he rarely offers any realistic solutions for a country and world with changing needs and demographics.

    January 18, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. stujordan

    God bless Ron Paul! Ron Paul 2012!!!

    January 18, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Alex

    The headline is alone is enough reason for me to vote Ron Paul. Congress has been a disaster these pas 10-20 years. No wonder they dislike a congressman who speaks the truth.

    January 18, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. A Kickin` Donkey

    Fans of Ron Paul . . . he can`t win . . . and you really don`t want him to WIN. He`s an eccentric with a few ideas that sound good but he`s too dangerous to carry them out.

    Those of you who are young, enthusiastic, well educated, should join Team Obama. . . the Republicans ARE NEVER going to take Paul seriously.

    Take 1 of Pauls more reasonably sounding positions, like curtailment of overseas military bases and work within the Obama team to have them embrace it. Heck, maybe the President will name the Congressman to a leadership position from 2012 to 2016.

    January 18, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. dagoberto

    Obama has many friends at capitol hill.

    January 18, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Jose Torres

    Why are we so ready to choose candidates that have their own agendas rather than those of the American people? Ron Paul has not changed his opinion to suit others, be it Democrats or other Republicans. His ideas and solutions are not far fetched or unrealistic. Other members of government would rather keep amending practices that fail time and time again at our cost . The media tries to convince everyone of this. Ron Paul believes in what he says and stands by that. We should stand by him and in turn stand up for ourselves .

    January 18, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Real_girl

    Err, more like Congress doesn't have many fans among the electorate – polling in the 10% approval. NDAA, SOPA, PIPA and HR3166 with insane revolving door crony spending and perpetual war tend to do that.

    January 18, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Paul doesn't have many fans in Congress◄
    Paul does not have many fans anywhere – he's scary, especially when it comes to foreign policy.!!

    Obama 2012

    January 18, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    He does not appear to have many fans in South Carolina either.

    January 18, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |