Paul to supporters: 2012 the start of a new era
August 26th, 2012
08:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Paul to supporters: 2012 the start of a new era

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - As Rep. Ron Paul's third presidential bid is set to come to its formal end at the Republican National Convention, Paul sought to rally his loyal supporters with talk of a new era in American history.

"I'm convinced that we're living at the end of an era," Paul told the crowd at a rally in honor of him and his libertarian political movement. "The end of an era provides an opportunity," Paul added before laying out his view that an era in American government, foreign policy, and monetary policy that began in 1913 is coming to an end roughly a century later.

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After striking the familiar chords of the libertarian themes that have pervaded his two presidential bids in the last five years, Paul told the gathering that after a century of failed policies capped by the recent financial crisis and still struggling economy, a new era is starting.

"So how do we look at today? 2012?" Paul said. "We're living in a new era," he added. "We're going to start something different - completely different."

"It can happen that we can reverse this," Paul said near the end of his hour long speech that was received enthusiastically by attendees. "We can turn it around."

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After warning about the threats he sees from fascism and the power of large corporations in American society, Paul urged his followers to continue to carry his libertarian banner forward beyond this year's upcoming election.

"I think every one of us has a responsibility because people in an audience like this know and understand the problem," Paul said. Then, the Texas lawmaker paid a compliment to his notoriously loyal grassroots.

"You have more insight than essentially almost everybody in Washington. But the difficult task is you have more responsibility."

Paul told supporters to study issues relating to personal liberty, property rights, foreign policy and monetary policy and that an opportunity to share that knowledge will come.

"You don't have to worry about what your job's going to be. You know the answers and you speak out and you're available, somebody will use you," he said.

"And it may be in politics, you may run for office, you may organize, who knows what it will be."

Paul was the final speaker at a four-hour long rally held a day before the Republican convention was originally scheduled to begin.

The event was, in many respects, a counter-convention designed to celebrate Paul as the driving force behind what his supporters have dubbed "the liberty movement." The event also served to rally those loyal to Paul's movement, as his own political career is coming to an end with his planned retirement from Congress early next year and amid questions from political observers about the movement's future.

"We're here to fight for our liberty and our freedoms as a country," 47-year-old Todd Ellis of Little Rock, Arkansas told CNN before Paul spoke. Ellis, who is in Tampa as a Paul delegate to the GOP convention said the focus back in his state is on local "liberty candidates" who can eventually get to higher offices. Greta Gay, Ellis' companion, was also impressed with Ashley Ryan, an RNC committeewoman from Maine and Paul supporter, who gave a rousing speech earlier in the program. "She's one to watch. She's a little powerhouse," Gay said.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan also spoke to the gathering, saying it was "awesome" to work alongside Paul in the halls and hearing rooms of Congress.

For 29-year-old Cory Soulier, a Paul supporter from Connecticut, Amash is exactly the kind of elected official who can keep Paul's movement alive. "I have a lot of high hopes for him," Soulier said of Amash, "I feel he could carry the torch of liberty."

Sen. Rand Paul - Paul's son and the most obvious candidate to carry the torch of his father's movement - was also given the seal of approval by the thousands of his father's grassroots supporters at the rally. As the junior Paul took to the stage to introduce his father, he was greeted was repeated chants of "Paul '16! Paul '16! Paul '16!" - an apparent reference to the next presidential race.

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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. lolol

    the mainstream media will continue to push the globalist agenda, with their brainwash and propaganda and divide & conquer tactics.

    August 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. lolol

    the mainstream media will continue to push the globalist agenda, with their brain wash and pro pag anda and divide & conquer tactics.

    August 27, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. lolol

    the mainstream media will continue to push the glob alist agenda, with their brainwash and propaganda and divide & conquer tactics.

    August 27, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. steve

    "I'm convinced that we're living at the end of an era,"
    He's right, but it's the end of the Ron Paul political era – a failure and total has-been.

    August 27, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    When people are too STUPID and lazy to realize all the debt under President Obama came from TARP....created by YOUR guy....Bush.

    The President also put the true cost of the two wars ON the books when he took office,thus piling up more debt under his administartion.

    Some of you Paul and conservatives are great at forgetting that.

    Take out TARP and the two wars that Obama came in and put on the books so the American people can see, then you'll see that the current president in fact has spent less than Bush.

    There is no voting bloc in the world DUMBER than the american voting bloc. Especially our right-leaning bloc.


    August 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    I will never again support Rand Paul. He has disgraced his father and the cause of liberty by supporting Romney.
    Don't blame the son blame the daddy who sold out and caved in, just like all the others, to Koch/Rove/Norquist/ and MIttens et al.
    Like father like son.

    August 27, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Samantha

    I attended the rally which lasted 6 hours (not including the 4 hours we waited to get inside) not 4 hours as the above article mentioned. One newspaper said "hundreds" turned... try 7,000! It was an AMAZING experience! A liberal columnist from a local paper asked a group of us if we would vote for Romney just to ensure Obama wouldn't get re-elected, unanimously we all said "no way!" He was in shock! He spent the rest of the rally trying to find someone who would vote for Romney to no avail. We ran into him several times yesterday and kept asking him if he found a Romney voter... It was quite funny.

    August 27, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. seranna

    I understand the position but WAKE UP your #s are slightly off. When Bush took office in 2000 the national debt was 5.some trillion and decreasing (under Clinton). When Bush left it was 10 or 11 trillion (including his bank bailout that cost $850 billion and gave birth to the Tea Party. 4 years later it is 16 trillion. So Obama raised it about $5 trillion in 4 years (The same as Bush in 8 years)

    this is your fact chk for the day

    August 27, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. The Myth

    Worked on Ron Paul's team the last election, and saw first hand the obvious lessons he was trying to convince Americans had to be learned, and soon. The voters online who said would vote for him never showed up at the polls (the 'wasted vote' syndrome) as predicted. The 2 Party stranglehold on this country is also destroying it. Voting the 2 party's out of office is easy, the problem is the number of voters who are ill equipped too even vote. That's why fools get elected (Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama) to higher office because fools vote for them. The blind leading the blind.

    August 27, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. sunpacific

    For all of Ron Paul's unrealistic ideas, I believe that Romney actually would have had a better shot at the White House had he chosen Ron Paul over Paul Ryan. Why? Because of the following:
    1. Ryan's ideas of improving the economy consists of massive budget cuts along with huge tax breaks for the rich. We tried this under Reagan, it's called "trickle-down economics" and it doesn't work.
    2. Ryan's idea of turning Medicare into a coupon program would prove disastrous. Ryan & Romney have been trying to convince current seniors that it's okay since it won't affect them.
    3. While Romney's campaign is trying to distance itself from Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks, the fact of the matter is that Ryan is in complete agreement with him. Despite his backpedaling now, Ryan and Akin partnered to co-sponsor a bill which introduced the category of "forcible rape". Wait, isn't all rape forced? Not according to Ryan & Akin. This does not play well with the largest voting block in our nation: women.

    August 27, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. JohnW

    Please, please, PLEASE let the era that's ending be the one of GOP obstructionism and driving the failure of America. Please?

    August 27, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Too bad

    Ron Paul and Ryan could have actually done something to save this country.

    Now our only hope will be 4-years from now there is a country left to save.

    August 27, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. A Vote For

    Unfortunately, Romney is our best shot for getting Maobama Tse Tung out of office. Would Ron Paul do any better though? Just because he's there doesn't mean that Congress would implement any of his ideas. They'd sit on their duffs and let his time in office run out. Voting for Ron Paul in this election is just a vote in the Obummer column. Either you hate Obummer and want him out, or you are throwing your support to him by not advancing Romney, as he is going to be the candidate that is given support by the Republican Party.

    August 27, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. no choice

    Paul was kept out because he represents a threat to the REAL power in this country. The Banks and Lobbyists.

    Our two party system is rigged bought off by special interest groups. Ask yourself this if your vote TRULY matters then why do lobbyists (like the nuclear and israeli lobbies) Spend hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars to sway political opinion their way. They completely undermine the democratic process.

    Nearly very politician in either aisle is in the pockets of banks like the Federal Reserve. Which is why they voted for the Pilfer America's Prosperity Act the Bailout.

    If youre reading this. You are the resistance.

    August 27, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Larry L


    Ron Paul is a GENIUS.the best president America never had.
    Paul offers over-simplified solutions to very complex problems. This appeals to unsophisticated and inexperienced voters unable to appreciate the complexity of modern society and the interconnected relationships of a world economy. This is not genius – this is naivety.

    August 27, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Stephen

    Ron Paul's message will carry on into November with Gary Johnson as the Libertarian candidate. He spoke at Paul Fest on Saturday. If you havent heard of him, he was governor two terms of NM, google him. the mainstream media will not cover him for obvious reasons...the establishment, the elitist, and the corrput oligarchy we have had for decades.

    On another note, Rand Paul is a sellout to the establishment, I will never vote for him. He didnt even endorse his own blood. He is a wolf in sheep clothing. The liberty movement will carry on into November and beyond. The sheep are slowly realizing you cant vote for the lesser of two and expect change. GARY JOHNSON 2012! LIVEFREE!

    August 27, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Real Patriot

    Ron Paul is the only person who would have turned the country around...the Romney camp would only let Ron Paul give an opportunity to speak at the GOP convention with an "approved" speech and a full endorsement of Romney much for anyones freedom of speech in this country...Im glad Paul declined their offer.

    August 27, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Samantha

    @AVoteFor: I know 7,000 people that would rather vote for Gary Johnson or write in Ron Paul than vote for Romney... imagine how many more there are???

    August 27, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. MarlboroMan

    Ron Paul and Rand Paul are both creepy losers who will never command significant power.

    August 27, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. FactChecker

    Most Americans, including Ron Paul supporters, are perfectly ignorant about the causes of our huge debt. Luckily, not everyone is so information-poor. Pew has looked at how we got from surpluses under Clinton to the massive deficit we have now and concluded that most of the shift is due to the Great Recession and the Bush tax cuts. The same story for the debt. Almost all of the recent debt spike is due to the Great Recession and the Bush tax cuts. So if you're worried about the debt/deficit, you need to understand why we had the Wall Street financial crisis AND you need to oppose any more irresponsible tax-cutting.

    More details from a piece by NY Times reporter Dave Leonhardt:

    The Congressional Budget Office estimated then [2001] that the government would run an average annual surplus of more than $800 billion a year from 2009 to 2012. Today, the government is expected to run a $1.2 trillion annual deficit in those years. ou can think of that roughly $2 trillion swing as coming from four broad categories: the business cycle, President George W. Bush’s policies, policies from the Bush years that are scheduled to expire but that Mr. Obama has chosen to extend, and new policies proposed by Mr. Obama.

    The first category — the business cycle — accounts for 37 percent of the $2 trillion swing. It’s a reflection of the fact that both the 2001 recession and the current one reduced tax revenue, required more spending on safety-net programs and changed economists’ assumptions about how much in taxes the government would collect in future years.

    About 33 percent of the swing stems from new legislation signed by Mr. Bush. That legislation, like his tax cuts and the Medicare prescription drug benefit, not only continue to cost the government but have also increased interest payments on the national debt.

    Mr. Obama’s main contribution to the deficit is his extension of several Bush policies, like the Iraq war and tax cuts for households making less than $250,000. Such policies — together with the Wall Street bailout, which was signed by Mr. Bush and supported by Mr. Obama — account for 20 percent of the swing.

    About 7 percent comes from the stimulus bill that Mr. Obama signed in February. And only 3 percent comes from Mr. Obama’s agenda on health care, education, energy and other areas.

    August 27, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Potrzebie

    Why have the comments been turned off on most of these posts?

    August 27, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. celisti

    to elect someone other than Dems/Repubs establishment candidates for president, we have to break 2-party political system first. we need to push for open primary (regardless party associate) in all states, and push for political reform on election rules and abolish electoral college and etc. which are intended to keep 2-party only political system.

    without such reform, it is next to impossible to elect any independent candidate, 3rd party candidate or someone like Ron Paul.

    August 27, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    I'd like to think it's the end of the Ayn Rand era of greed and arrogance. Sadly, the uniformed, uninterested electorate will vote the way grampa voted or because candidate X is hot, or because they're closet racists. Then, regardless of who wins, four years down the road another Ayn Rand sock puppet will stand up and begin expounding on the joys of stepping on people to acquire stuff.

    August 27, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Oy between the lines: as a discipline of Ayn Rand, a Ron Paul Presidency would be a disaster. Not only are his ideas only that...fantasies that would never actually see the light of day in reality b/c they're not practical. (no interaction with the rest of the world? We are a world economy and it's also really selfish to pull back foreign aid when we are the wealthiest country in the world! Genocide and starvation are ok as long as they don't happen here?)
    ..but Ayn was flat-out a horrible person. Why would you vote for someone who subscribes to her views of selfishness and calculated coldness? I know it sounds good...that he's supposedly anti-war (which I'm not buying. Pres. Obama voted against the Iraq war, btw) and pro-MJ. Ok. Great. But he also wants to take away the EPA? You know, the people who keep our air relatively clean? The FDA? You like eating adulterated food? He wants to allow states to rule as they seem fit, even if that means that businesses can discriminate against their customers if they don't like their color and even if that means that they can make abortion illegal. I keep seeing the buzz words thrown around "freedom"..."liberty"....freedom and liberty for whom? Certainly not for women and certainly not for a minority who would like to frequent a business but who isn't allowed.

    August 27, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Samantha

    They usually do with anything Ron Paul related... God forbid we think/say something against the grain...

    August 27, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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