August 24, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The first day of Paul Festival, a three-day celebration of Ron Paul and the movement he led, kicked off Friday with a sparsely attended gathering in the cavernous hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Organizers had initially hoped 40,000 would attend the three-day event, but are now hoping for 5,000, attributing the smaller numbers to Paul throwing his own rally on Sunday and the possibility of inclement weather. On Friday afternoon, hundreds listened to bands and speakers, and meandered through an exhibition hall that featured not only vendors hawking Paul gear and gold, but also booths for the John Birch Society, Scientology and a three-day “Ron Paul Cruise 2013” to the Bahamas.
January 23, 2012 |
It took NBC debate moderator Brian Williams about 15 minutes to turn to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and when he did, he hinted at the question on the minds of most observers of the Republican presidential race: When will Paul drop out? “To say that there has only been three races and talk about not being electable, I think is a bit of a stretch,” Paul said. Paul finished in third place in the Iowa caucuses and second in the New Hampshire primary. But he placed last in South Carolina last weekend among a narrowed field of four candidates.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Ron Paul, a staunch opponent of federal welfare programs, acknowledged Wednesday that he receives Social Security checks, shortly after advocating that younger generations opt out of the program. Appearing on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Paul was asked by Huffington Post's Sam Stein whether he should set an example for younger Americans and opt out of the program entirely. Paul, refusing the notion, compared the program to other common goods such as the post office.
December 29, 2011 |
Defending himself against charges of isolationism, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told voters in Iowa on Thursday that western sanctions against Iran are "acts of war" that are likely to lead to an actual war in the Middle East. Paul, one of the leading contenders to win next week's Iowa caucuses, said Iran would be justified in responding to the sanctions by blocking the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz. He compared the western sanctions to a hypothetical move by China to block the Gulf of Mexico, which Americans would consider an act of war. He also said he would not respond militarily to keep the strait open - because he would not consider it an act of war against the U.S. But if he were president, he would report to Congress on the issue, leaving it up to lawmakers to declare war if they wanted.
February 3, 2012 |
A thousand or so raucous supporters packed a Reno ballroom to hear Rep. Ron Paul spread what he likes to call his “message of liberty” Thursday evening. They booed Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. They cheered the idea of the gold standard. They whooped and hollered when the 76-year-old, flanked by his wife, Carol, and two of his 18 grandchildren, talked about bringing American troops home from overseas, which he said would save money and lives both. But Afghanistan wasn't the only war that was on the Texas congressman's mind as he stumped in his political heartland - libertarian northern Nevada.
August 18, 2011 |
Ron Paul doesn't seem too impressed with the big-talkin', big-walkin' governor of Texas. Speaking to volunteers for his presidential campaign in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Paul brought up the New New Thing in the GOP race, Rick Perry and his highly criticized remarks about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. ( Watch video below .) But Paul didn't mention Perry by name. In fact, he said he couldn't remember what it was. He called him "this other governor. " "He realizes that talking about the Fed is good, too," Paul said.
June 19, 2012 |
Ron Paul's campaign plans to hold its own event prior to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., joining two other pro-Paul rallies seeking to preempt the GOP brouhaha. The campaign, announcing the event Monday, said it will take place Aug. 26, the day before the GOP is set to begin its proceedings. The location and specifics of the rally have not yet been revealed. Paul, while not in realistic contention for the GOP presidential nomination, will have a voice at the convention.
January 3, 2012 |
If Ron Paul's fervent supporters were disappointed in his third-place finish in Iowa, they certainly didn't show it. “Right now, I'm really excited,” said Cullen Comerford, a 19-year-old college student from Ft. Worth who was one of many young adults who trekked to Iowa from all over the country to help Paul in his battle for the GOP presidential nomination. Comerford has been in Iowa for a week, attending as many Paul rallies as...
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- As much as Mitt Romney might wish it, Ron Paul just won't go away. Paul, the Texas congressman with a passionate, libertarian-leaning following, created a stir Tuesday when he made two swings through the floor of the Republican National Committee, shaking hands and greeting supporters -- acting, in short, like a candidate for president. Perhaps more significantly, pro-Paul delegates announced that they had submitted nomination forms from six states that could require that his name be placed in nomination alongside Romney's.
January 8, 2012 |
Despite the sniping that went on early Sunday between rivals on the debate stage, Ron Paul didn't mention a single one of his opponents for the GOP presidential nomination by name. Or even by inference. At a town hall meeting in a lakeside resort hotel in the afternoon, Ron Paul maintained his singular focus on his vision of a perfect, libertarian society. And the crowd, as always, ate it up. While many of his competitors have faced harsh inquisitions here in the Granite State, Paul's crowd was respectful and even a little worshipful as they hear him spin his view of the universe as it would be under a Ron Paul presidency.