February 21, 2012 |
If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are best buds these days. As Romney fights to stave off a potentially debilitating loss in Michigan's Feb. 28 primary, Paul is taking to the airwaves there with an ad that reinforces Romney's message that Rick Santorum betrayed conservative principles on spending when he served in Congress. "Is this dude serious? Fiscal conservative? Really?" the edgy 30-second spot says. It says Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling, doubled the size of the Education Department, and "supported the biggest entitlement expansion since the '60s," referring to the Medicare prescription drug plan.
January 26, 2012 |
Ron Paul took a risky position in Florida in Thursday's debate, calling for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people's positions have changed dramatically over the last few years. Paul said that Cuba isn't going to invade the U.S. any time soon, and that Americans weren't looking under their beds anymore, worried. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich followed by pledging to continue the economic embargo on Cuba and to take any action short of military invasion to upend the government of Raul Castro.
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 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...
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 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.
January 2, 2012 |
While other candidates were speaking at coffeehouses and diners on the day before the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul was greeted by a crowd of 500 and scores of national media who packed a downtown hotel ballroom for a morning event. “This is almost like a real rally,” the Republican presidential hopeful exclaimed. “This is great!” Polls show Paul in a position to pull off an upset victory in the caucuses Tuesday night, an accomplishment that, if it happens, would amount to one extremely sharp stick in the eye of the GOP establishment.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Ron Paul supporters at the Republican National Convention erupted in fury Tuesday over decisions that weakened their delegate count and other rule changes that will make it harder for non-establishment candidates in future elections. Several members of the Maine delegation walked out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum after the convention affirmed the GOP's decision to replace 10 of Maine's 24 delegates. “It's a disgusting, disgusting display of a hostile takeover from the top down,” said Ashley Ryan, 21, a Maine delegate.
July 12, 2012 |
Ron Paul's presidential campaign is not done yet. This weekend, two months after the Texas congressman effectively ended his drive for the White House, his supporters will try to win a plurality of Nebraska's convention delegates. If they succeed, Paul's backers will have control over five state delegations, a marker that would allow him to be officially nominated for the presidency, and granted 15 minutes to address the party at the national convention next month in Tampa, Fla. Mitt Romney won the state's primary in May with 71% of the vote; Paul was third, behind Rick Santorum, with 10%. But the primary was nonbinding, meaning the results have no bearing on the makeup of the state's 32-member delegation.
January 5, 2012 |
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised $13 million last quarter for his presidential campaign, the most he has raised in a single quarter since he declared his candidacy but far short of his single-quarter fund-raising record. That figure puts Paul in second or third place among the GOP field, depending on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's haul, which is not expected to come anywhere near the $17.2 million he raised in the third quarter, when he announced his candidacy. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who raised a combined $32.2 million in the first two quarters of the campaign, will report raising more than $20 million in the last three months of the year, according to sources familiar with his fund-raising operation.