Paul can still draw a crowd
April 5th, 2012
09:52 AM ET
10 years ago

Paul can still draw a crowd

(CNN) - Ron Paul can still deliver large crowds, despite a trailing delegate count and single digit national and state-wide polling figures.

And his campaign is making sure the media is aware.

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The Republican presidential candidate drew an approximately 5,800 person crowd at a campaign rally at the University of Los Angeles Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Texas congressman's campaign.

He held another 6,000-plus event Tuesday night at a town hall meeting at California State University at Chico, the campaign proudly announced.

The 12-term congressman is popular among younger voters and often frequents college campuses.

Paul, who is making his third bid for the White House, currently has 71 delegates, behind Mitt Romney's 657, Rick Santorum's 273 and Newt Gingrich's 137. He would need to win 96% of the remaining delegates to reach the 1,144 representatives necessary to clinch the GOP nomination.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. s

    Doesn't matter what crowd he can draw, its the delegate count that matters and crazy uncle paul is no where near any number

    April 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Herne

    Ron Paul needs to go independent. I will give NO support, to republican conservative traitors.

    Republican Conservatives belong in a dictatorship, not the U.S. Government.

    Republican Conservatives need BANNED from U.S. politics.

    April 5, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Bill

    Romney wishes he could get a crowd of almost 6000. You have to admire Paul's tenacity and spirit, despite the fact he has no chance of becoming the nominee. And unlike the brylcreemed, flip-flopping and plastic Romney, Paul has served his country in uniform.

    April 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    There will always be stoners in the world ...

    April 5, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. JuanVonDinklus

    The media and establishment have already crowned their king. They don't want average low life common people running for office because things might change in the government. Of course they claim – they are for the people. Please pardon me while I go puke now.

    April 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Larry L

    He's the Ralph Nader of the anarchy crowd. The "cures" Dr. Paul offers are worse than the disease.

    April 5, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Clown shows are generally fairly popular.

    April 5, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)


    Clown shows are generally fairly popular.
    I beg to differ Sniffit. Look at the big-headed lead clown Mittens. It wasn't until very recently that they started showing "crowd" shots, and I'm still not convinced that those were not computer generated. Mittens couldn't draw a crowd on a piece of paper.

    April 5, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. RL Turn

    Ron Paul is currently 2nd in the delgate count, but the media/establisment do not report it. The fact is in caucus states the delgate selection process can be MONTHS after the primary and Ron Paul is doing quite well in this regard.

    However, since the media is lazy, the simply report delgates on the propotionality outcome of the primary; in short they guess. Thus the reported number of delegates, particularly in caucus states has very little in common with the actually delegate counts.

    Lastly, if this becomes a contested convention ALL best are off and ANYONE could snatch the nomination.

    April 5, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. VoiceOfReason

    A campaign rally at colleges do not count. Students are there to learn and will show up no matter who is speaking and whatever their beliefs actually are. If I was able to prop up Saddam Hussein and trot him around colleges he would have the same turnout. Doesn't mean they are supporters. Look at the picture. One banner being held? Hold an event off a college campus.....crickets.....

    April 5, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. rightytighty

    Products of our dumbed down public school. The only thing worse than a young Ron Paul republican is a young progressive socialist.

    April 5, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    There's no question Ron Paul has a great message for America. And it's not even stuff he made up. His message honors the brilliance of our founding fathers and their ideas of a nation rooted in liberty.

    Unfortunately, Ron Paul is not quite the best guy to take the job of President right now. But I'm glad to see the wide attention his message of liberty is getting. It reminds us how far off the path our federal government has strayed.

    April 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. tibs

    Ron Paul is awesome. I dont use drugs, but why shouldnt people be allowed to? Why would we want to go to war for nothing?

    I think his message is the future.

    Or maybe the ndaa is the future. Who knows I guess.

    April 5, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Jay

    Does anyone who is following this election understand that the delegate numbers as reported by the media are just guesses? Most of the delegates haven't been chosen, and this will be a brokered convention.

    April 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    College speaking tours are always interesting. Back in the Dark Ages when I attended college, we had speeches by Mier Kahane and Yasser Arafat, GOVERNOR Jimmy Carter, and numerous others that I managed to cut class to listen to. Got to meet Lloyd Bentsen, Carter, and Ed Muskie during a Democratic Candidate forum. Would I go to listen to him? Yes. Not because I am a Ronbot, but because it is always interesting to listen to what politicians have to say. Even someone like Paul has said things I agree with.

    April 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Don

    the question is How many Ron Paul voterds can hold their noses and vote for Romney? I really doubt many can. they are people of principle.

    April 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Peace

    I now believe there are a lot of entertainments and very easy to get. Good for the crowd, I hope they utilised their time wisely.

    April 5, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Thomas

    Just look at Ron Paul's record during his 20+ years in the House. How many bills of his die in commitee? He can't even garner the support of his own party in the House. Why would anyone think Ron Paul could get anything through both houses? The man has zero political clout even in the House.

    April 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    the question is How many Ron Paul voterds can hold their noses and vote for Romney? I really doubt many can. they are people of principle.
    Okay, so Mitt Romney doesn't take such a strict ideological stance on government that Ron Paul does. But they have the same basis of confidence in the individual as compared to reliance on the central government that Obama bases his policies on. Mitt Romney may be Paul-Lite, but Obama is Anti-Paul. I think Paul supporters want to see Obama out just like the rest of us.

    April 5, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Alex

    @Thomas We're talking about Congress with the 12% approval rating right? You did see the SOPA hearings where most of the Congress members had no clue about how the internet works and yet, tried to pass it? Yeah... people in Congress are dumb.

    April 5, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Marie MD

    A crowdnmeans nothing. He needs delegates. Mall he and the newterman are doing is making it more difficult for then flip floppef to get more votes. He might have won MD, WI and some other state but look at the numbers.
    In MD he had less cotes than a senator because people might not have even voted for him. Mi know in would have left it blank if I was a rethug.

    April 5, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the crowds he draws don't vote. If he could get them to vote, then he would have half a chance. The problem is that there are far too many factors against Paul's supporters getting him elected. How many are registered to vote and can get other voters to the polls and vote for him? It doesn't like they are doing that.

    @Thomas - I agree with you that he can't get anything passed. He may be able to influence people but isn't getting anything done which is the problem. A lot of people like to see results before they vote for someone as president.

    April 5, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Ron Paul supporters should be asking him why he sold out to Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney from DAY1?!!!

    Is it the private plane rides he enjoyed @ Mitt's expense? Or propping up his his son Rand for some political position at Mitt's'on, why money bomb for Ron Paul and get a free Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney ad?

    Ron Paul can bluster about being anti government Libertarian but he surely knows how to enjoy the perks & crumbs Etch-a-Sketch Mitt is throwing at him!!! Just saying.................

    April 5, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. rightytighty

    ==> at the University of Los Angeles
    Where republicans abound..., 5800 to be exact. I mean, surely this was not a media staged event..right?

    April 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He might have won MD, WI and some other state but look at the numbers."

    I suspect the vote totals Mitt has gotten during the primary are about all he'll get state by state in the general. That he's openly admitted he's been lying on issues during the primary will become more and more obvious in the general, and let's face it, Mitt has brought political lying to a whole new level. There aren't enough GOP pundits to get beyond Mitt Romney's past six months of accumulated pandering. Yesterday's speech proves just how clueless Romney truly is. Lie to board members as CEO is a bit different than lying to millions of middle class Americans still suffering under Republican policy making disasters.

    April 5, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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