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Ron Paul Ends His Campaign - for Real This Time

Ron Paul's supporters, like Alvin Holter of Crystal, Minn., will have to find a new way to support their man. (Associated Press)

By Michael D. Shear
The Revolution has just begun.

So says Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is officially ending his presidential campaign today and launching a nationwide effort to elect like-minded, limited-government proponents.

"The presidential campaign was Phase One," said Jesse Benton, Paul's spokesman. He said Paul is forming a non-profit organization that will tap into the activism and fundraising energy that was created by the Ron Paul Revolution during his bid for the Republican nomination.

The first challenge will be filling the 11,000-seat stadium that Paul has reserved during the Republican convention in St. Paul. After that, Benton said, it will be on to the precinct-level to find libertarian candidates to support.

Benton called the decision to suspend the presidential campaign a "legal" matter. Paul has not been actively campaigning for months, but had never officially called it quits.

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I think Ralph Nader is a fine alternative for Ron Paul supporters.

Paul speaks against BIG GOVERNMENT. And contrary to what news bites and propaganda would have you believe, Nader is also against big government. Consider the enormously bloated military budget which accounts for nearly half of the government's total operating budget. This is a tremendous waste of taxpayer money going to imperial wars based on lies.

And as part of this war, we have more BIG GOVERNMENT in the form of citizen surveillance. The PATRIOT Act (which Barr VOTED FOR) grants the government unprecedented powers to watch over American citizens without the need to prove probable cause in the court system.

Nader is against big government when it is fraudulent, wasteful or illegal. He calls for end to the intrusive PATRIOT Act and a massive reduction in the military budget. He wants to put an end to the excess of corporate welfare and put and end to the intrusive, failing drug war.

Nader is against maximizing government and sees its role as simply protecting the rights and interests of citizens and society as a whole.

Posted by: william | June 14, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the comrade socialist from Gainesville, Florida, Comrade Donald has figured out that socialism is the light of the world--grow up Steph, socialism never has worked and never will (look at USSR, Egypt, Libya, Cuba). The only economic principles that work are TRUE free market capitalism, equality before the law, and respect for private property. Just study history.

It is time the US ended the collectivist, statist, central planning crap that permeates and putrefies our educational system.

I support the only candidate that is looking out for ALL Americans--Liberty is a great uniter of people, and will prosper them like no other system.

Posted by: freedom_guardian | June 13, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

To Stephanie Donald

I would like to respond to you criticism of the libertarian ideal. It is not the libertarian ideal that is so wretchedly destroying our nation. It is the corruption of these ideals and the manipulation of these ideals by officials in Washington for over a century that is the root cause of our current plight.

I would also argue that it is the corruption of socialist ideals that have equally sought to destroy our most precious human resource, Liberty. While I do not agree with all that Congressman Paul espouses, I feel sure of one thing: Disagreeing with Ron Paul will not cause me to be placed in a detention camp or to have my life monitored by clandestine security agencies.

I'm not sure that we can say the same for the "two" candidates we will have before us in November.

I agree that there are no absolutes, however, we do have a rule of law in this Country. It is time that we stood by the Constitution no matter what our political leanings. It is the only non-violent tool at our disposal.


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Posted by: Daniel Muffoletto | June 13, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul's latest attempt will have as much of a ceiling of support as his previous attempt. If his supporters want to change that, do this:

If you reduce the support for McCain and Obama, RP's chances will greatly improve.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

DC Matthews... Lay off the cool-aid. Look at what you just said...

"and YOU can BET YOUR HINEY he will suck middle class and poor dry to fund more war and benefits fro the top 10% since its Obvious the gop agenda has been to have AMERICA BE an 2 class elite and worker bees for a Corporate World Power."

Obama is going to raise taxes 30+ % to pay for his trillions in new government programs. Capital Gains tax will be hit with the biggest increase ever. Higher than even clinton raised it. There's tons of evidence that proves raising the capital gains tax actually brings in LESS REVENUE and a reporter told him these findings in an interview.. and do you know what he said? I don't care.. Some people make too much money etc... He's a black robinhood.. even if its worse for the country as a whole.

National Health care is a joke. You think Ted Kennedy would have lived under that system? Hell no, he went to a specialty surgeon at Dartmouth and lived. He would have waited 4+ months and died from his tumor.

McCain is an idiot too. He should be running under the democrat ticket - what conservative policies does he have? the war and his view on health care thats it.

Posted by: David | June 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, who has known Ron Paul for 20 years, unequivocally dismissed charges that the Congressman was a racist in light of recent smear attempts, and said the reason for him being attacked was that he was a threat to the establishment."

As you can see, I do not think this is an official endorsement by the NAACP and certainly not of its Chairman, Julian Bond.

********************From Wikipedia on the race subject:

"Some race-based "Ron Paul" newsletter passages had been re-aired in 2007 by the New York Sun[118] and the New York Times Magazine.[2] However, on January 8th, 2008, the New Republic released many previously unpublicized quotations attributed to Paul,[119] charging him with "an obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry." One issue (previously quoted by Charles Morris) was said to refer to the 1992 Los Angeles rioters as "barbarians" and to suggest that rioting only stopped when it came time for "blacks to pick up their welfare checks"; others reportedly gave tactical militia advice and advanced conspiracy theories.[120][121][122] In a press release, Paul repeated that the quotations came from other writers associated with Paul but, "when I was out of Congress and practicing medicine full-time," and again denounced and disavowed the "small-minded thoughts", citing his 1999 House speech praising Rosa Parks for her courage; he said the charges simply "rehashed" the decade-old Morris attack.[123] Paul was defended by a "shocked" Wolf Blitzer,[124] and by Nelson Linder, president of the Austin NAACP chapter.[125] Reason cited Paul's 1996 defense of the newsletters,[126] but later published evidence from "a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists" that Lew Rockwell had been the chief ghostwriter.[60]"

While I appreciate your defense of your candidate, I think you should always check your facts.

Posted by: 2008 | June 13, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

To all you Ron Paul supporters who plan on writing his name on the ballot in November - THANK YOU!!!!

Posted by: krissy575 | June 13, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie MacDonald's assinine comment is a classic example of someone who doesn't know her a-- from a hole in the ground.

She falsely implied that the ONLY non-racist candidate we had was racist. Apparently she doesn't feel the need to investigate matters thoroughly before putting her foot in her mouth.

Even the CEO of the NAACP endorsed Ron Paul over Obama.

Ron Paul is the BEST choice BY FAR.

And it is sickening that morons will choose between "the lesser of two evils" instead.

But I will STILL vote for Ron Paul, even if I have cast a write-in vote to do it.

Posted by: tncdel | June 13, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I just read every one of the comments on this article and never in my life have I seen a more moronic group of citizens trying to defend the biggest bigot in the world. One poster is right, though; American has proven that capitalism has failed and that socialism is the only viable direction for America and the world to take. As long as greed exists then all politicians will be bought and sold on the auction block.

That is the only absolute truism that anyone can believe in and if you don't agree, well tough. The proof is right in front of you with the revelation of the missing $241 billion in Irag, the no-bid contracts of Halliburton and KBR and the two meat-heads sitting in the White HOuse who sold our country off piece-by-piece over the past 8 years.

In 1999 I told many people I know who supported Bush-Cheney that their election would mean the death of the American way. Well here you sit with double-digit inflation, lost jobs, the collapse of the economy because of sub-prime mortgages and predatory lenders and yet there are still idiots like the majority of you who support Ron Paul who can't see that a Libertarian ideal (which is what all of you have had since Reagan) is destroying the way of life you claim will save it.

What a bunch of moronic losers you are!

Posted by: Stephanie Donald | June 13, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul's active comments throughout the years that blame the Jewish people for Hitler and the holocaust and his constant shifting of blame where blame is due make him sound tremendously like holocaust deniers and the hord of Christian religious fanatics who simply want to find someone to blame for all their troubles. I live in North Central Florida and Ron Paul was tremendously popular down here with the Christian evanagelistic crowd that seems to populate the area like cattle grazing in the field and with about as much intelligence as those same cows. I liked the comparison someone else made to Ross Perot because just like Perot; Ron Paul's bigoted ideas of the world along with his moronic followers, will fade into the back pages of history as just another fringe movement to make our world more fascist than it already is.

Posted by: Stephanie Donald | June 13, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The solution for changing the corruption in federal government is by removing the Democrat and Republican parties from power. Vote for anyone other than a Democrat or Republican candidate. You will see a new America emerge from the depths of an entrenched elitist coalition that is so pervasive in government today.

Posted by: OldNavySailor | June 13, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats and Republicans leadership need to be tried for treason.

Thomas Jefferson was absolutly correct...

Posted by: Seamus | June 13, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Funny how you site the fact that we have a half trillion in gold and then 1.03 trillion in currency. Sounds like a huge problem that needs fixing.Federal Reserve Douchebags must go!!!!

Posted by: johnny927 | June 13, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

hey everyone fro Ron Paul,

come join Obama .

or you'll get Mr WW-III.
and YOU can BET YOUR HINEY he will suck middle class and poor dry to fund more war and benefits fro the top 10% since its Obvious the gop agenda has been to have AMERICA BE an 2 class elite and worker bees for a Corporate World Power.

the reality of politics in america is until there is a dem in the white house and major campaign reform, which OBAMA WILL BRING
other groups haven't a prayer of a win.



Posted by: DC MATTHEWS | June 13, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I hope all you Ron Paul supporters write the man in if you still still believe in him. I think he is a nutjob from the 19th Century but even he has a point.

Posted by: scromett | June 13, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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Check out their results and vote your choice.

Posted by: Ron | June 13, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tom | June 13, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

OK lost Perot supporters- Ron Paul's big push was to put the US back on the gold standard. Current US holdings of gold are under 1/2 trillion dollars. Currently, there is over $1 trillion in US currency and $30 billion in US coin in current circulation according to the US Treasury. Do any of you realize how fast he'd crash our enconomy with more than 1/2 the available currencey becomming immediately worthless? Sure- make healthcare costs tax deductable. Well the poorest among us don't pay taxes so how does that help the folks that really need it? Sure he's like our wacky grandfathers that read us the comics on Sunday mornings but the guy is as spacey as George Jetson. Hell, I miss Admiral Stockdale just like the next guy. I even miss Gene Scott but we're talking about a leader for the free world. Come on people- get in the game!!

Posted by: The Real Deal | June 13, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama was also for not setting any withdrawal date.

Obama on youtube in April 2004 saying don't bring the troops home from Iraq and don't set withdrawal date. This is balance for the 100 year lie and the McCain comment last week.

This was when he was running for the senate. At the time he said he didn't know how he would have voted for the war. He said this during the 2004 convention. He said he only said this to defend Kerry.

It turns out he was much more for the war then he let on.

This interview was to a local chicago station in April 2004.

At the time it was the height of the insurgency with sadr and al queda. It was long after the police and army had been let go. So Obama can't say the conditions on the ground were different.

It was already a breeding ground for jihadists. Obama now makes that argument. But he was for u.s presence there.

This video has gotten no media play. This shows how he is protected by the media.

OBAMA ON VIDEO saying don't bring the troops home from iraq and no withdrawal date to a chicago station.

This shows Obama flip flopping on a critical issue. This highlights his lack of experience and judgement. This highlights his dishonesty.

McCain has been consistent. This highlights his experience. McCain has been for building up the iraqi army and our troops can come home responsibly. This shows McCain's experience.

Posted by: Dan | June 13, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: tomabrahams | June 13, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I only saw potheads (the weed bumperstickers) supporting Paul where I live. What is up with that, btw?

Posted by: 2008 | June 13, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

If only his supporters had found a way to use the Internet to spread the word...

Posted by: Ron Who? | June 13, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm truley saddened that Ron Paul wasn't better received by the republican party. He represents everything that the GOP is (was) at the core. Less government, better fiscal responsibility. The government isn't there to "Solve all your problems" like the dem's think. Its there to protect us and let us provide for ourselves. That is the American dream.. And its being choked out slowly but surely by the left.

Posted by: David | June 13, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As of today, I still plan to write his name in.

Posted by: MDLaxer | June 13, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

On to Minneapolis!! We can take over the convention and win in November!!

Posted by: Dido | June 13, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Ron | June 13, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

I have been a Republican for 40 years. When I registered, the Republican Party was the choice for an aspiring middle class. Today, it is the party of billionaire robber barons and a christian extremist fringe. I want my party back, but to get it we need to get rid of the party leadership now in place. We already tried the gilded age, concentrating wealth in the hands of a few didn't work out very well. In the last 2 elections I voted straight Anti-Republican. The Dems could put up Bozo the Clown and I would vote for him. It would be a step up from what we've got today. The Replican Party needs to reclaim itself.

Posted by: Al in Fl | June 13, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh I see....



Posted by: Dad | June 13, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

What does it is say about us as a country that men like Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, who are unwilling to compromise their beliefs and represent the original premise of their respective parties, are held in such humor and contempt from their own respective parties. Tragic. It tells me that neither side truely believes in any of the ideals they express.

Posted by: Arny | June 13, 2008 4:04 AM | Report abuse

UNCUT INTERVIEW WITH DR. PAUL right before his speech in houston. talks about liberty movement and what's next...

runs 9 edits...

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 13, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Now as the sun sets on the American Dream Ron-bo saddles up the old model T and the remains of he presidential hopes and stashes them in the old saddle bags. Back in the saddle again and ridding the podium once more!!!!!

Posted by: jackmack74 | June 13, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, first the headline says "For Real This Time." Then the article says "He hadn't quit before." Summary, Mr Shear: you're either lying, or an idiot. Which is it?

Get your story straight before you post it for public analysis.

Posted by: Coinneach Fitzpatrick | June 13, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

With the current election I see such polarization. A separatism that is not in the best interests of our country. Thomas Jefferson was a great philosophical mind that learned from history and projected it into the future that he perceived for our great country. Ron Paul believes in our Constitution and only wants to protect our rights.

Posted by: Teresa Baxter | June 13, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Don't give up hope!! Bob Barr for President

Posted by: Ravila | June 13, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

For my liberal and conservative friends who seem to be very misinformed about the values of the libertarian party or libertarian thought for that matter, go to youtube and look up " Penn and Teller BullSh!t"; there you wil be educated on how a free society should conduct itself

Posted by: Ron | June 13, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

write him in!

Posted by: Jo Jo Starwalker | June 13, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

What a spin media, what a spin. There's been no drop out. He just announced a few moments ago at the Texas State Convention that he plans for the campaign to quickly become even larger. Since the Republican party is not even going to recognize him at the National Convention he will be holding a counter-convention. He's not running for any party, he's running for us, the American people who need and want freedom so bad.

Do not listen to the media!

Listen to the man's own mouth!

Posted by: TheTruthMayHurtYou | June 13, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

It's a very sad day when one of our patriots, Ron Paul, has to step aside. Once again, the OLIGARGHY who controls both of the candidates, Obama and McCain, wins again. Once again the American people are the BIG losers. I wish Dr Paul the very best and I will still write him in for president.

Posted by: Jim | June 12, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Support Ralph Nader for President.

Posted by: MJM | June 12, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Only Ron Paul and Obama are real outsiders.

In fact, republican (corrupt) machine tried to defeat Ron Paul in his fight for his house seat. Republicans stand for destruction. Libertarians are better off with Obama.

Posted by: Ron Paul supporter from Texas | June 12, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

For the idiots posting "Ron Paul's a racist" Do your research!! The President of the local chapter of the NAACP in Ron Paul's home district stated for the record that "Ron Paul doesn't have a racist bone in his body."

Posted by: Jack | June 12, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Only Ron Paul and Obama are real outsiders.

In fact, republican (corrupt) machine tried to defeat Ron Paul.

Posted by: Ron Paul supporter from Texas | June 12, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I believe it is STILL, the NAACP! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 12, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Until the NACCP changes its name, I will still refer to colored people as "colored".

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 12, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

www campaignforlibertyDOTcom
The Revolution is just getting started....for those ready to defend our Constitution sign-up at the new site. Keep those MeetUps active. Right now all RP supporters should be seeking Precinct positions within their county's Republican Executive Committees.

Posted by: Susan | June 12, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

See Ron Paul's new website and future plans.

Posted by: Mark | June 12, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It was so obvious to me, a registered Democrat, that those in the media would not even mention Ron Paul's name much less run any pub his way. I guess the corrupt bankers and those spending our money like it was going out of style in congress had a hand in that. As a FL resident, once again our votes are worthless. I'm sick of this two-party system and will be switching to Libertarian. To those who are posting with such glee with the official bowing out of Dr. Paul, I guess you enjoy the banks printing our money and charging us interest for the "privilege". Don't complain when it's time to pay your illegal income tax to support the "Fed". I will still vote for Ron Paul, the only wasted vote is the one cast for the lesser of two evils. If believing in the Constitution is old fashioned than I guess I'll be putting on a powdered wig and get a buggy whip.

Posted by: theguitargod | June 12, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

America would be better off under communism. Capitalism sucks and has failed.

Posted by: ajd | June 12, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Well? Enjoy what's left of decent, Constitutional America. Next up, either a country pushed even further into war and poverty with a senile old King George clone, or a "now its your turn whitey" marxist hell.

Keep your powder dry.

Posted by: govnndotcom | June 12, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Amazingly enough, Ron Paul was very popular out here in rural, racist Montana. More popular than John McCain in fact and far more popular that Billary. Everywhere you drive you see these folks in rusty pickups and little cars with their broken windows covered with duct tape. They all have on thing in common, Ron Paul bumper stickers which are starting to peel off now. They are America's ultimate losers. Normally, you would think they would be all hot for McCain, but they know the Republicans have betrayed them so they supported a lost cause named Ron Paul. Well, they have only one place to go now, to a scumback named Bob Barr. Happily, they'll all go down together in November and then we'll see them all lined up at the Salvation Army and the food banks which are already running out of food thanks to GWBush. Some people never learn.

Posted by: David S. Robins | June 12, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

If a person is interested in another person or wants to talk about another person, then they should either know the person or should be able to objectively know their actions. Otherwise, they're just spreading rumors.

If you're interested in Ron Paul, do yourself a favor and only read the articles about him; not the comments section.

Posted by: Mr Marley | June 12, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

> At what point do we stop voting our wallet and start voting our heart?

It is a false choice. You can vote wallet smart and still have a heart. Vote Libertarian.

Posted by: Chelsea Foice | June 12, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I Think all of you people were right, America is dead, Abortion, Hmmm, Do I think a woman should have the right to choose? As father of 3 young ladies, Yes I say it is a choice, You kill your own child in the womb. Because were stupid, 2 You were raped, I say killing anything people included, Is a hell of a thing to live with, and I would advise not to make that choice, Mcain, or my pet name for him and the NorthVietnamese pet name for him "SongBird" Don't tell me he is a Republican, He votes to keep the Tax cuts in effect for the Oil Compananies, But Today he telling them how bad they are, He reminds me of an old man yelling at a lamp post, Then there's Baby O, He just does not have enough sand in his pockets to lead The United States of America, Yes he is a talented speaker and he preaches change, I know another speaker that preached change, I am really shocked by this I did not relize, Hunter Thopmson was right about you rubes,Let Chaos reign, cant wait to take your stuff

Posted by: RaferJanders | June 12, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who call Ron Paul a Racist. Do not forget that Obama has gone to one of the most racist churches in America for over 20 years and had for his entire political career one of the most racist men in America as his personal advisor.

And do not forget Obama's quote From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'

Posted by: Rusty | June 12, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The only hope for America has dropped out and as a Republican I refuse to vote for a degenerate like John Mccain. We can only hope for future politicians to excite us as much as Ron Paul has, although I doubt we will see that.. :(

Posted by: Drew | June 12, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is a true American. John McCain has Fascist tendencies and Obama may be a secret Communist. After the failed policies of the Debauched, Heretical Bush, our choice is now slow death or quick annihilation. Paul can save us.

Posted by: Jennifer | June 12, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

For those hard of hearing:


Posted by: info | June 12, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news:

Ron Paul is still a racist.

Posted by: info | June 12, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Tirade - If Paul was the hottest thing, he would have gotten the votes. He had more cash than anyone but Romney. Face it. The voters just weren't that into you.


Posted by: Fairlington Blade | June 12, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I will never stop fighting for change!

Posted by: Col. Hewett | June 12, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul's Pale Ale.

Start a micro-brewery with his name, which will make for some patriotic beer. You guys go out and so some Independence Day reenactments, which seem to me is what all you are about.

Posted by: Mighty7 | June 12, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Here is the legislative intent of the 16th amendment:

Here is the Preamble to the Bill of Rights which states that "In order to prevent miscontruction or abuse of its powers, further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added":

Conclusion: The Bill of Rights is intended to restrict powers not specifally authorized in the constituion and is used to prevent abuse powers. The ninth amendment PROHIBITS the government from taxing for the purpose of unconstitutional spending, wasteful spending, squandering(taxing and not spending the money on anything), creating a complicated tax code, taxing to pay off a debt that derived from unconstitutional and wasteful spending, and taxing for political purposes such "everyone should pay their fair share".
The Supreme Court also cannot abuse it's judical power, meaning it has no judical supremacy. It doesn't anyway because Congress controls it's jurisdiction under article 3, section 2 and can choose not to fund the Supreme Court. This would mean that it doesn't have exclusive authority to interpret the Constitution. Juries also limit judical authority with jury nullification which is a tradition dating back to the Magna Carta. The Supreme Court might not admit this but it deosn't matter as this would be an abuse of judical power as stated in the preamble to the Bill of Rights and the ninth and tenth amendments.

Also, because previous proposals for the 16th amemdment were rejected because they were not precise, shows that if a power is not explicit it shall not be misconstrued.

"The truth shall set you free"

Posted by: Mike | June 12, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

All you Die-Hard Constitutionalists, I have one question:

Are you trying to Defend and Protect the Original Constitution, or the AMENDED Constitution we have now?

Like "Barry" loves to Squawk;

"Changes" can happen! ;~)

IF, he gets the White House for Soros, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, Daschle and the rest of the multi-Headed Hydra hiding in that "Empty Suit", That Constitution will probably be the FIRST thing "Changing"!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 12, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul,
Thank you for adding a measure of sanity to the debates on the Republican side during the primaries.
Your statements about the wrong-headed focus in the Bush foreign and war policy, especially in the face of that phalanx of empty suits on the stage, made you the candidate whom the Republicans wish they could have run.
I'm down here in Texas living right next door to your Congressional district and you made a lot of sense to me.
You have been missed from the national stage in these past several months, believe me.
Keep up the good work.
You still have an excellent pulpit each morning in Congress and on C-Span.

Posted by: Judy-In-TX | June 12, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

To Jeff:

I think that is the longest run-on sentence that I have ever seen in my life. If you are concerned about migrants from Mexico etc, perhaps you should pay better scrutiny to your own use own the native language.

By the way, spell check would be a good idea also (e.g. you used "AFGANISTAN" as opposed to Afghanistan; ALL CAPS TENDS TO MAKE PEOPLE ANGRY!).

Grammar is your friend!

Posted by: Billy | June 12, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

How much does Ron Paul hurt McCain in the general? There's bound to be a very real effect from disillusioned Paul supporters in key states.

Posted by: matt | June 12, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice of the Washington Post to run a front page headline about Ron Paul only AFTER he quits. Where was the mainstream media at the beginning of the primary season?

Posted by: Tirade | June 12, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State - Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

Posted by: john | June 12, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It is always a great day when we have men and women that actually stand-UP for the United States Constitution. While all elected officials swear to uphold it, most fall real short, especially the one in Office that I call the Liar in Chief who said it was a blankely, piece of paper. Oh sure, by now we see him as a very proud liar in practically ALL aspects of life. Mr. Bush actually makes me sick and so do all those lined-up at the pay counter that have NOT a shread of decent reverence for this 'Once Better' NATION. Instead of the USA, they put another nation first and that makes me sick. Just how many people do we have to kill over lies and deceit before we, as a once proud Nation. lose everything we ever dreamed of and have one time had.

You traitors and the fake media make me completely sick and so does the leadership of OUR military.

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Posted by: One true Patriot | June 12, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Your war hero John McCain is Manchurian Candidate!
Is funny they say he is McSame....

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by: Mao | June 12, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"US out of my UteruS!"

Posted by: Christine | June 12, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Ram, McCain is NOT "mindful and respectful of the Libertarian principles." He's the author of the "Incumbant Protection Act," aka McCain-Feingold, which goes against the First Amendment and makes it even harder for third parties, like the Libertarians, to compete.

Vote for Bob Barr, Libertarian.
Or write in Ron Paul.

Posted by: Chris | June 12, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This is a real shame. If people are really against Obama, Ron Paul represented a decent choice.

Posted by: Susan | June 12, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is a living walking statesman of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson.

Thanks Ron


Posted by: Kim | June 12, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

At what point do we stop voting our wallet and start voting our heart?

Posted by: Studerbaker fan | June 12, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul had a grasp on the deeper issues that confront this country. The others are just playing the same game that got us into our ever deepening mess.

It's sad that the level of consciousness of the voters in this country is so low.

Posted by: Geoffrey | June 12, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JEFF | June 12, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Ram, McCain is NOT "mindful and respectful of the Libertarian principles." He's the author of the "Incumbant Protection Act," aka McCain-Feingold, which goes against the First Amendment and makes it even harder for third parties, like the Libertarians, to compete.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Some cogent comments here... I liked the

:( -(frown) the best..made me smile.

As some of you have said, Dr. Paul carried the torch of constitutionality, and will now pass it on to his supporters. I will quietly retire my yard sign to the den, but I too will keep my bumper stickers. In the years to come (if we have many more) it will be a nice reminder to everyone who follows me down the road that we had a chance and not enough individuals were able to pull their heads out of the sand and do what was right. Thank You Congressman Paul, I will write you in...

Posted by: Tom | June 12, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I will still write in RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT. The others are NO WAY!

Posted by: Melody | June 12, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now that Ron Paul is officially out of the race, all of his supporters will stop with the "Give me Paul or Your a Traitor" attitudes. I've no problem with his message - but he didn't even carry his own home county. If his neighbors won't vote for him... I probably should take their advice.

Posted by: Texan | June 12, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul was fervently against this war in Iraq and is closer to Barak Obama than McBush.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | June 12, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Pity all those diehard Ron Paul wackadoddles won't know what to do with themselves. Since none of the other candidates will's a suggestion...move to Canada!!! Ta ta Ron Paulites!!!

Posted by: Bushwacked | June 12, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I see there will be news conference about Obama by Larry Sinclair at the National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor - Washington, DC 20045 on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:00 PM in the Lisagor Room. Wonder what it is about?

Posted by: Jethro | June 12, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Interesting - those that see Obama and McCain as the same...

Posted by: Steve | June 12, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Those who spawned the move to independence,
the noble Americans who bled and died for freedom from overbearing government would vomit that their toil and sacrifice has come to this: America with no soul, no humanity, no will to prevail and no integrity at any level.

Posted by: Soli Founding Fathers | June 12, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I will not be voting for Socialist Obama or Socialist Jr. McCain.
Bob Barr or Chuck Baldwin for me.
I will not waste a vote on a lesser of two evils.

Posted by: Spencer | June 12, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

still voting for you...running or not

Posted by: Sail Sail | June 12, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with a lot of what Paul says but I'll give him this, he's consistent. Bush hijacked the republican party and made it into something much worse than what Ron Paul advocates.

Posted by: Bill | June 12, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Once again, kudos to Dr Paul. Obviously you had the puppet press hidding in the bushes and they are only allowed out to play (that is mention your name) when you officially withdraw thus making it safe for them to come out. SUCH COWARDS...but there is some satisfaction is watching them cower in the darkness.
You have succeeded in waking up millions of Americans to the folly of our ways and the worth of that is immeasurable! This country was not founded by a "MAJORITY" of dissidents from accross the pond but by a SMALL, SMART, INDIVIDUALISTIC GROUP OF PATRIOTS who were willing to fight for LIBERTY. Sounds like the RON PAUL REVOLUTION I'd say!!!

Thank God for the knowledge & courage of Dr Paul & may our REVOLUTION forge ahead!!

Posted by: Anne of Pennsylvania | June 12, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse


Neither of the two give one iota about the Constitution.

All Ron Paul said was Obama's foreign policy was a "little bit better."

Get your quotes straight.

Obama is still a big statist and Ron Paul would never support his platform and neither will his supporters.

Posted by: Chuck | June 12, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

RON PAUL! You have my support always! You can count on me and thousands and thousands of non sheeps to carry your message of the founding fathers of america! Sleep easy knowing you didn't start a war, but a Revolution!!!!

Posted by: Stuart78 | June 12, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

As the MSM had been trying to flip the dem primary in favor of HRC, and raised such a kerfuffle over Rev Wrights condemnation of Zionism i cannot see how any Ron Paul supporter could assume that Obama and McCain represent the samr thing, especially in light of Dr. Paul's comments regarding Obama's having the best position on foreign policy in the field.

Posted by: Shootingsparks | June 12, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

As usual Ron Paul says it best!

"In the final analysis," I wrote in my new book The Revolution: A Manifesto, "the last line of defense in support of freedom and the Constitution consists of the people themselves. If the people want to be free, if they want to lift themselves out from underneath a state apparatus that threatens their liberties, squanders their resources on needless wars, destroys the value of their dollar, and spews forth endless propaganda about how indispensable it is and how lost we would all be without it, there is no force that can stop them."

Ron Paul

Posted by: Chuck | June 12, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The philosophies that forced the bill of rights into the constitution are NOT OUTDATED and DO NOT EXPIRE. I find myself disgusted that people act as though wanting to restore small government principles is akin to wanting to ride horse and buggy. Is big government truly the inevitable evolution of mankind? Thomas Jefferson and most of the philosophical leadership that founded our country feared it, but took the chance that something better could exist.

Posted by: Dan in OC,CA | June 12, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Well hopefully some of that money will go towards ballot access efforts for the Libertarian party, thus freeing up more money from them for party building efforts and support of Bob Barr for president.

Posted by: Michael | June 12, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter, we all knew he would have to withdraw sometime. Won't change the fact that I will be writing him in.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

To Ron Paul: Thanks for taking all the scorn and smears for your love of the Constitution.

To all the haters: Find the nearest cliff and jump off'll sure wish you did by the time McCain or Obama are done.

To the Democrats: Wake up before you destroy whats left of the Constitution.

To the Republicans: Don't come crying to us when you lose this election big time. You brought it on yourself for abandoning your principles.

We the Constitution loving hoi polloi are the future of politics...don't believe it, just wait and see.

Posted by: Chuck | June 12, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The campaign is ending, but the Revolution lives on.

For a great satire on the president, the mainstream media, and the war on terror, see this YouTube music video from the international award-winning zombie musical feature film, "Song of the Dead." (' stars horror movie veteran Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster, Bubba Ho-tep) as the president of the U.S. The filmmaker, Chip Gubera, is giving a share of his profits from DVD sales to the Ron Paul campaign. Go to:

Posted by: mketcher | June 12, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Join the movement for freedom and to restore the constitution:

www campaignforliberty dot com

Freedom is popular.

Posted by: Lennon | June 12, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals. If we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is." Ronald Reagan, circa 1975

Posted by: Ronnie | June 12, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

O.K.! But, the bumper sticker stays on the car!!!

Posted by: Larry | June 12, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting that Ron Paul got 15%-25% of the Republican vote even after McCain had locked up the nomination. The media paid no attention, probably because Ron Paul is neutral on Israel. The media never pays attention to anyone who fails to kowtow to the Israel lobby.

If Ron Paul gets his 11,000 people in the stadium, the media won't cover the event because, well, I think I just said why. The Republicans are running away from him like crazy, but they just might find that Ron Paul's voters return the favor.

Posted by: Interested Bystander | June 12, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how we won't be able to return to the 18th century or to outer space or to Oz or to wherever Paul and his ignorant cry-babies wish we could be forever and ever. You're all going to stay home and not vote? GREAT! Pouting and being alientated becomes you!

Posted by: TaylorB1 | June 12, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Tinfoil Hats Sales Plummet!

PS: My menstrual cramps are easing. But the flow is still breaking records!

Posted by: Lisa | June 12, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Just say no to the lesser of two evils with McSame and Obama.

We need freedom!

Check out Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin at

Posted by: Robert | June 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul Supporters,

Please agree to disagree on the Iraq war, but vote for Senator McCain and campaign for him with the same passion. Senator McCain shares your vision of limited government, low taxation and constitutionalist judges and is mindful and respectful of the Libertarian principles

Posted by: Ram | June 12, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Geepa | June 12, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Dr. Paul will still be heard. I sincerely believe he was way out of his league trying to be the Executive, but he would make a good Devil's Advocate in a Cabinet or Consultant position.

But again, as the "President";

No-NO! No-No Dr. No-No!

Squawk! No-No!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 12, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Ron Paul for speaking the truth and reasoning rationally during this campaign. You were the only candidate who thoroughly earned my trust this year.

I will not be voting for either McCain or Obama, as neither is honest with America and both want to continue to take us in precisely the wrong direction.

There are differences between McCain and Obama, but they are so few, and their promises so thoroughly unreliable, that neither can get my vote.

Ron Paul, it has been bittersweet -- We have shown the movement to be millions strong, but also the mountains we must climb to change the heart of this nation.

You delivered the message (finally), but too few would listen.

You give us hope, but only a glimmer.

Posted by: CPF | June 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Its funny now all a sudden the MSM covers him. This is not something to be sad about because something bigger is in the works. Phase 2 has now begun and we now move closer to our goals. Remember this was not about Ron Paul he always made that very clear. The revolution now moves on to elect people around the country who share our views. The Revolution has just started.

Posted by: Revolution | June 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad there is now no one representing the race-baiting, militia-loving portion of the electorate. I guess we will just have to wait until 2012.

Posted by: Francis | June 12, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Nan | June 12, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul has inspired me to turn words into action, and I am now a candidate at the local level. Thank you Ron Paul for giving a voice to what many of us have always believed in. The Freedom Movement has just begun, and we will not be stopped.

Posted by: LB | June 12, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I always thought that once America heard the logic of libertarianism, a good portion would agree and vote accordingly. Ron Paul showed us all that most Americans either don't understand the destructive nature of big government or they just don't care - they want to have their cake and eat it, too. When the corruption, waste, war and scandals come following a McBama presidency, we will all deserve it. Thanks RP for making a valiant effort to educate and wake up America. Now off to figure out which candidate is the lesser of two evils...

Posted by: John | June 12, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

The country is left with McBama?

Posted by: grunk | June 12, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

He never not-really ended his campaign in the first place. Just another media error.

It's a sad day. America now gets to play the lesser of two evils game again.

Posted by: Colin | June 12, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Ron Who?

Posted by: Dem | June 12, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

No big news there, he really had not chance of winning anyways.

Posted by: Loanpro71 | June 12, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice effort Paul!

Posted by: Afpre42 | June 12, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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