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BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Ron Paul run as 3rd party candidate?
October 24th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Will Ron Paul run as 3rd party candidate?

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is making it clear that he doesn’t think there’s a whole lot of difference on the most important issues between his rival Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

“Would there be a change in foreign policy?” Paul asked during an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “No, there would not be.”

He then insisted that there was really no difference between Romney and Obama on entitlement spending, auditing the Federal Reserve and cutting the nation’s debt.

“No,” Paul insisted. “There would not be a significant difference between the two – although on the edges, maybe. … So, no, the regulatory system, the spending, the deficits, the printing of money, they stay the same.”

When I heard that, I again wondered what the Republican congressman from Texas would do if Romney won the Republican nomination. Would he jump on the Romney bandwagon, or would he run as a third-party candidate?

Earlier in the month, I asked Paul whether he could support Romney if he won the nomination.

He replied that none of the Republican candidates was advocating his positions. “So I would have to find out exactly what their positions are and what the platform is that they would be running on,” he said.

I pressed and asked whether it were possible that he would run as a third-party candidate – which he did in 1988, when he was the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. “I haven’t thought about it, and I have no plans to do that,” he said. “So, no, that wouldn’t be in the cards for me.”

I believe Paul. I don’t think he’s spent a lot of time thinking about that third-party contingency. He is focused now on winning the nomination.

But it certainly would be intriguing if Romney did win the nomination and Paul decided to challenge both him and Obama for the presidency.

Would Paul take more votes away from the Republican or Democratic candidate?

Since he’s a Republican, the immediate assumption is that he would hurt the Republican nominee and maybe even ensure Obama’s re-election.

But you could make a case that Paul also appeals to many isolationist and deficit-cutting Democrats who are deeply worried about Obama’s economic policies.

It’s all very hypothetical but still a fascinating topic for political junkies like me to ponder.

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  1. Dallas

    If Ron Paul doesn't win the Republican nomination I hope he runs independent and may get my vote even if he doesn't. This is his last chance at the presidency and the best chance our country has right now to make a turn in the right direction. We know who the Democrats are bringing, and the other Republicans running are only shades off of Obama. Either way we'll have massive spending for foreign affairs and little hope for real cuts in federal spending, continuing down the path to economic collapse.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  2. Little Joe...

    Can't handle the truth wolf?
    Man Up !

    October 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  3. R Griffith

    Ron Paul or bust!

    October 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  4. Harvey

    The Only Real Change is Ron Paul...he makes the most sense....along with integrity...just visit and see the truth and not the slanted news media view point...putting more money back into Americans hands and bringing troops home to defend OUR Country...and remember Ron Paul was the one who helped push through going after Osama bin laden but he said do it Now and not cost the taxpayers any more look at the mess we are in with the present regime...and they are all the same...except Ron Paul who really loves America and the Freedom it stands for...Vote for Ron Paul....YES!

    October 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Brian

    In 2008 RP said he would NOT run as an independent (and he didn't), and I don't this cycle being any different. With that said, if RP loses the primary, I will consider this Presidential race to be over as who wins will simply not matter.

    October 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  6. Dan

    He might as well run as an independent if he doesn't win the nomination, because he is the only guy myself and all the other Ron Paul supporters will vote for no matter what. There is no other candidate-Democrat, Republican, or Independent-that I will vote for this election cycle. The reason so many of us have become diehard Ron Paul supporters is because we realize he is the only candidate that grasps the severity of the monetary, debt, and financial crisis we are in, and he is the only candidate serious about trying to fix them.

    October 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  7. Josh

    This 3rd PARTY crap is pure propaganda. you guys tried this trick in 2008 and its not gonna work. Ron Paul is a 12 term congressman, he worked with Ronald Reagan and he is taking the republican party back to its roots. Wolf, you are a clown.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Hans

      Age is just a number. The man has the egreny of someone twenty years younger than him though. I've seen pictures of Paul riding a bike on a twelve mile ride. Hardly the activity of someone of who you would expect is too old or is dying.And the just for record, I've seen him shirtless in a pool with his great grand daughter and he looked pretty damn fit to me and I'm 23.Could he die while in office? Of course but so could Obama or any other candidate so the age argument is ridiculous and especially in this case.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:40 am |
  8. JC

    This is an interesting question, although I do not agree that Ron Paul is an "isolationist." He believes the role of government is to protect the liberty of it's citizens. If that means going to war, he will go to war. If that means offering letters of marque to bring suspected terrorist suspects to justice, so be it. Just because he does not endorse the empire mentality of endless war and does not ignore collateral damage (the killing of thousands of innocent women and children) as being in the best interest of U.S. liberty, does not make him an isolationist.

    This is an interesting question though, although it would not be preferable for RP to lose the Republican nomination because the two parties do everything in their power to exclude third parties, including the MSM they have in their back pocket who cannot seem to comprehend the possibility of anything unlikely happening in politics and seem more hell bent on predicting the winner (or should I say selecting the winner) than they do on offering honest unbiased insights into each candidates positions and allowing equal time to all candidates.

    But in any case, I think Wolf makes a good point that Ron Paul definitely appeals to many liberals and republicans and I don't think their is a lesser of two evils with respect to Romney vs. Obama. So I say, if RP doesn't win the Republican nomination...heck yes...bring on the third party...preferably libertarian just because they would probably have the least amount of trouble getting on the ballot in all 50 states and have some existing infrastructure at least.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Yoroshio

      Equal time to all candidates is not realistic or even desirable, but time in proportion to standing in the polls would be a heck of a lot better than Ron Paul is getting right now.

      October 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  9. Bobby

    We can only hope he does run as a 3rd party candidate.
    It would be nice to have a real choice for once.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  10. jamesmillsia

    Hillary Clinton: We must isolate Iran from the international community. Ron Paul: We need to talk and trade with Iran. Mainstream Media: Ron Paul is an isolationist.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  11. Joe

    There you again, Wolf. There you go again. Please stop pretending that you can predict the future. Please allow the people of the US to know and freely elect their own leaders. You can do this by asking intelligent questions about each candidate's positions. You can give them all equal time.

    You can do this, Wolf. But instead, you ask silly questions of a Presidential Candidate like: "If you don't win, who of your competitors would you support?"

    You can be better than that, Wolf. You can serve the highest interests of the people of this country.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  12. Derp

    I have a feeling if he does run independently, he will win and they will just fix the election. He is really the only choice, I can easily see him beating both the established parties combined especially if voter turnout spiked near 100%. Remember only about 30% vote on average, because 70% of the country thinks the two parties are the same anyway (they are). What happens at 100%? You get pretty much 70% in favor of the alternative.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  13. S. Forbes

    Why would he run as a third party candidate when he will be the Republican nominee???

    RON PAUL 2012 Check out his plan to restore America including a detailed financial plan at

    October 25, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  14. Corrin

    You can be assured that if Ron Paul does not win the nomination, that the Ron Paul supporters will not be voting for any other Republican presidential nominee or Obama. They will either vote third party or write him in. The latter is what I plan to do if Ron Paul is not the Republican nominee!

    October 25, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Silvane

      It is historic that this video was poetsd. It is a testament to the absolute lie that the Tea Party started wth anyone besides Ron Paul supporters. The republicans laughed him off the stage at their debates. The democrats knew he was telling the truth but maintained their party lines. He drew free thinkers from all the parties to a movement. And now its been hijacked! Historic Post. For OUR FREEDOM

      August 1, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  15. LetsHope

    Will Ron Paul run third party if Romney, Cain or Perry get the nod?
    I sure do hope so!
    He's the ONLY Republican candidate I will vote for.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  16. Pamela LaBrake

    Ron Paul is the only candidate I will vote for. If the Republicans want to continue supporting Romneycare, Jethro I mean Perry and the nines of Cain, well they can kiss this election goodbye and see four more years of the same old.

    If the Republican Party really wants to focus on the economy and jobs they better start backing Dr. Paul NOW, his economic plan is the only one that will make the much needed cuts to get our country back on track.

    Hope to vote for Ron Paul AS the republican candidate, if not will write him in.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:10 am |
  17. tanner

    As a Canadian looking in on your elections and not being partial to any party i can say that Ron Paul knows what it takes to fix your country. People may not like what has to be done but a solution is needed now so you don't end up like Greece later. All the other candidates don't get the severity of the problem.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  18. Brad

    This is a familiar discussion in Ron Paul circles...

    But for the addition of the inapplicable "isolationist" label, this is a valid pondering of the current state of affairs.

    Ron Paul, not seeking a House reelction, would conceivably have nothing to lose by running third party in the event of another nominee, all of whom he has rejected as good alternatives for one reason or another.

    I think the best the Republican Party should hope for here is a Ron Paul nomination. He is the only candidate with the moral high ground to challenge Obama on all the issues.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  19. jpowerspotter

    Why do we keep hearing that Ron Paul can't get into the debates as an independent? John Anderson and Ross Perot were both able to and weren't those debates much more interesting and informing. It is usually based on polling numbers that Dr. Paul should be able to achieve. I say if he does not get the Republican Party nod, he HAS to go independent – to keep the rEVOLution going! What is there to lose? We would support him.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  20. JayEm

    Just because of all of the right choices and votes that he has done for all of us average american citizens in his extensive political career, Ron Paul deserves the Presidency of this country. A true patriot unlike any other politician. If you look at all the things he's done since 1971, and for all the right reasons, we owe him gratitude and thanks. The least we can do for him is give him a chance at the helm. Good luck Dr Paul and god bless!

    October 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  21. Monir

    Dr. Paul is the only candidate who's consistent on all issues. He's the real change candidate. I do hope he runs for the third party. GO........Ron Paul......

    October 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  22. numb lee

    If Paul runs a 3rd party ticket, it will ensure an Obama win, but at least give me someone to vote for

    October 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • R Griffith

      If Ron Paul does not get the nomination it will serve the Republicans and everyone else right to get Obama. The rest are all Obama's ie pandering politicians that only care about votes and themselves.

      October 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  23. M Gonzales

    This is the only way Obama would have a chance but Ron Paul will not split the Republican vote, he's not stupid because doing that would pretty much put Obama back in charge and he's worse then anything the GOP can put up. I would RATHER have the Democratic party run a third party! Go hillary go!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  24. freedom

    Why dont you ask santorum, perry, or bachman if they will go 3rd party?

    Paul is doing better than all of them. He wins straw polls left and right.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  25. Tanner

    Ron Paul 2012! Republicans better hope Ron Paul gets the nomination cause if he doesn't there will be a split in the Republican Party and Obama will win again. I would hate to see that happen but I refuse to vote for anyone other then Ron Paul.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  26. Voltara

    This is just the latest attempt to undermine Ron Paul and prove to neutral observers that CNN is giving him coverage. Talk of him going third party and splitting the conservative vote is all about reducing his credibility in the Republican Party.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  27. StupidVoter

    Why would he, he has a really good chance of winning the republican nomination. He has some money and usually is close to third in a modest amount of the polls. Once people realize he can win, well who knows??

    October 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  28. JJ

    You know what? Once you look at the field of candidates there is not hard decision at all. Ron Paul would be the ONLY vote that would be a vote that wasn't for the present and past status. The others are ALL different various personalities of the same agenda. And very deeply rooted in politics at it's worst. Yes even Herman Cain whom boast about not being a politician like the others. He is and has been more in line with the political status as any other. With the exception of Ron Paul whom has and will prove loyal to American principle at it's core.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  29. karl

    Ron Paul is not treated fairly by the media. It is quite apparent. Even today I heard TAKE FIVE on FOX mention everyone but Ron Paul. And this has not been an isolated incident, since I listen closely to the news and follow the debates.

    I am in the military and I support RP even stronger than before. I hope he makes a 3rd party run for the presidency. Maybe it is not the right time for winning, but building the base for Libertarian ideals is the right time. The Fed should go. Can you really justify an unaudited agency that prints money without any backing? Are we really right to police the world?

    IMO, the biggest reason he is treated with contempt is b/c he refuses to give Israel some special status. AIPAC is a powerful lobbying machine and they want US tax dollars! No special status. We will be your friend, but no special status.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • DYBO

      I voted for RP in the last election and I will vote for him again.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  30. life

    GOSH! You guys are so hurt about things now, you are willing to put anyone in office. Be carefull of what you ask for. you just might get it

    October 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  31. J

    Ron Paul v Obama v Romney in a debate.... Paul would OBLITERATE the two.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  32. Brady

    This is the dumbest article ever. Ron Paul CAN and WILL win the nomination. Why don't you anti-paul people go look him up and look at his record. A champion of the Constitution, will bring home ALL the troops, and DESTROY the cancer of the federal reserve system. Ron Paul 2012. RESTORE AMERICA NOW.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  33. daveugber

    the democrats – like wolf blitzer – know that the only way barack obama gets reelected is if ron paul goes third party...this article is an attempt to get paul supporters energized with that possibility...ron paul has chosen to run as a republican for that very reason...nice try wolf...

    October 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • karl

      Not so sure about that Daveugber. I think RP can pull a strong Democratic base, too. He has a strong message against corporate welfare, and in essence, he believes in true liberty. His opposition to the drug war and interventionist policies can appeal to many Ds. If many of those Ds can get beyond the fact that big government is causing much of the problem with inflation and promoting the housing problem, etc. then he could pull a large base of support. His integrity will pull weight with many who just want something refreshing. I think this is how Obama pulled off the last election. Everyone saw him as a non status quo person who had a good heart and wanted to do the right thing.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Brad

      I am a Ron Paul supporter, and if he doesn't win the nomination, I fully intend to push to get him to run third party.

      If the Republicans lose to Obama as a result of a third party Paul run, it would serve the Party right for backing a spineless, plastic banker buddy, instead of a true Constitutional conservative like Ron Paul.

      Besides, it's not as if Romney would actually change very much policy-wise if elected. We would get much of the same thing we've gotten with Bush and Obama – more wreckless spending, more wars, less civil liberties.

      Hell, I say it's Ron Paul or bust. If he doesn't win the nomination and doesn't run third party, not only will I NOT vote for the lesser of evils, but I will probably be packing my bags, my wealth (what's left of it), and my family and getting the hell out of the country.

      October 25, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Beth Miletti

      Ron Paul has some good ideas, but he is not articulate, and appears too old for this position.
      President made two promises when he was campaigning for president.

      (1) He would end the war in Iraq.

      (2) He would "get" Osama bin Laden. He has accomplished both. He is my choice for another term,

      October 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • Clown

        Do you honestly think ALL the troops will be home? We have spent Billions of dollars building an embassy in Iraq. You think were just going to leave? The security contractors will take over the role of the troops. I believe some of the troops will be home but to say that ALL will come home is just empty rhetoric for poilitcal gain. Remember Obama received the most campaign contributions from the Defense Industry in 2008.

        October 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Muneer

      Three ships called Dartmouth, Elanor, and Beaver those were the oriignal ships what we need is to be aware and have movement with better leaders come from Jefferson, Monroe, Roosevelt, we need a real leader in there D.C. is a mess right now hopefully a great candidate can win like Romney, Santorum

      August 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
  34. flagwaverguy

    I'm going to vote for him, and only him. If the GOP refuses to nominate him, I will do my part to make sure Obama is reelected and no GOP candidate is ever elected again. They'll have to live with their decision to continue to support the corporate candidates.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Ashby

      I will double that. If paul doesnt win i (and my follow paulers) will vote for obama. 4 years later we will be in a even worst situation (hard to picture) then a paul or paul type will win.

      October 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  35. jack

    It's sad the mainstream media wants to keep things going down the same path to self destruction... keep electing these representitves of corporations and wall street to the white house. obama with his record donations(highest of any president ever) from wall st and lobbyists and romney with his donors comming from the same place. Then we have too many people that cant see the meida is programming them. Havent the learned yet they get screwed everytime by following the medias opinions.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  36. ebirbal

    all the dependents and beggars of govt would not vote for Ron Paul unless they are genuinely employed there. every fake job in govt is anti vote for ron paul. then there are pharmas, health care and defense companies and their war mongering cnn and fox. this makes it ron paul difficult to win.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Williaim

      There is zero no difference between Obama and Romney. Ron Paul is the only one that could restore America.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm |

    He won't be the GOP nominee and he won't run as a 3rd party candidate. No one will this year. It will be a ticket of ROMNEY-RUBIO vs OBAMA-BIDEN and the Democrats will win again, taking the Senate but losing the House. Nothing will change for the next four years, except to get worse. The bloated Republican fatcats will get richer and the middle class in America will disappear. Time to move to Canada.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  38. Paul

    Isolationism means no trade & no travel. Ron Paul advocates both of those making him NOT an isolationist. He simply wants to stop with our military presence in 140+ countries and the wars. Being against war does not make one an isolationist.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  39. Andrew S

    Ron Paul is not an Isolationist! He promotes trade with most nations, but no political alliances!

    October 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  40. Matthew Gaitan

    Pathetic. Ron Paul win's the Ohio straw poll this last weekend by a land slide – over 50% of the votes – and no major article on CNN other than this garbage talking about running as a Libertarian. Wolf – Why did CNN make such a HUGE deal out of Herman Cain when he won the Florida Straw poll, but you and your team turn away when Ron Paul performs well in a poll – especially one as critical as Ohio. Mitt Romney won the Ohio Straw poll this last Summer, but was crushed in it this past weekend. It's time to start being honest and begin referring to Ron Paul as a top tier candidate.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  41. Reddog9500

    Of course Ron Paul won't get the Republican nomination, simply because he thinks for himself. The Republican Party wants someone who will toe the line and do their bidding, (or at the least, someone like Bush who is too stupid to realize that they are being manipulated by the real "powers behind the throne"). Paul should run as a 3rd party candidate (Independent? and give voters a real choice.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Larry Anderson

      Of course Ron Paul won't get the Republican nomination, simply because he thinks for himself. The Republican Party wants someone who will toe the line and do their bidding, (or at the least, someone like Bush who is too stupid to realize that they are being manipulated by the real "powers behind the throne"). Paul should run as a 3rd party candidate (Independent? and give voters a real choice"

      I have this to say about that.
      You'r post is very well written, I can only hope Mr Paul wins. I am scared to death for my country and it's people. Our politicians have sold us all out and we may not recover from this for a very long time, IF AT ALL :(:(:(

      October 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Onlyonetime

      Reddog I have to agree with your statement that the Republicans will not allow him to get nominated on their ticket. Ron Paul just wouldn't turn in the favors, that they want to take full advantage of once their man/woman is in office, if they were to get elected as President. I believe if he ran as an Independent he wouldn't win either. It's difficult to get the public to vote off the ticket (either Democrat or Republicans.) I think part of that reasoning behind that is they think that they will are "throwing away" their vote. Past elections show very few people vote for any Independent or other political party. I hope hope he does stay in for the long haul. He is the best candidate out there so far. He also seem true to his word.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  42. Irwin

    Anyone but the big two! Just too bad the deck is stacked. As for Ron, I hope he realizes there's a legitimate roll for gov't.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  43. jaynhouston

    i sure hope Ron Paul runs as a third party candidate!!

    October 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  44. Sam B

    He's not an isolationist. He just wants to go to war only when congress declares it. That is what the founders what. That is what the Constitution lays out. He wants to trade with people, talk with people, and be friends with people. How is that isolationist? That is what James Madison advised. That is what Thomas Jefferson advised. That is what George Washington advised

    October 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  45. mejazzbo

    I'm very confident Ron Paul will win the republican nomination. Mr. Blitzer's questioning seems to be an attempt to undermine Ron Paul's efforts. Exactly what the press has tried to do this entire cycle.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  46. prodigus

    YEAH YOU WISH WOLF: bad news: paul is running as a major party candidate, he's gonna win the nomination, he's gonna roll obama, and he's gonna TRY and save this country. Lets just hope there's still time.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Public too smart for that

      You must be joking, People who listen tho this fool have to be some of the dumbest people in the world. Paul does not stand a snowballs chance in hell of even getting the nomination much less beating a much more intelligent and savvy foe like President Obama.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  47. David Fitzgerald

    We all know Ron Paul has zero chance of becoming the candidate for the GOP, or even a snowballs chance in hell for the White House. Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate, like it or not. It's a weak field, we might as well focus on 2016. Maybe we will get lucky and see Chris Christie run in 2016. I don't see Democrats loving Biden like Obama.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • Bob

      Romney is clearly the establishment pick, and the establishment doesn't care whether obomba or romney win; they still get what they want – more power.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  48. Ryan from Madtown

    I've lost all confidence in the whole government. Ron Paul is the only one that isn't paid off and offers the right ideas this country needs right now. It's so obvious the way the establishment media trys to downplay his candidacy. We need someone not republican and not democrat, that is for sure. His age concerns me but if he thinks he can do it, I'm writing his name down anyway. Real freedom.=Ron Paul.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  49. Dr Jeff

    I think Ron Paul has a real chance if he dumped the Republocrat ticket completely, ran as an Independent Libertarian candidate and aligned himself with the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy America movement as their candidate of choice. He has stood firm over the past 30 years with practically word for word the positions that this movement espouses. In addition he could align with and focus enhance the OWS movement's position over the past few weeks of delivering a protest vote in the next presidential election to not vote for a republican or a democrat, but vote independent for all candidates in all elections. I think Ron Paul could make history as the first president elected from an independent party.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  50. Maltheus

    I'd be extremely disappointed if he didn't. He made the announcement not to run for congress again, right after claiming to go all in. This legally frees him up to do a 3rd party run, whereas he couldn't last time around. I know he's had problems with 3rd party runs in the past, but everyone I know who got in the party because of him are hanging on by a thread. After the way we've been treated, most of us want nothing more than to tear down the party if he doesn't get the nom. A third party run would be the best way to do that. But if he doesn't, that will still be the focus of a lot of people out there. And then there's the fact that more than half of the RP supporters I talk to won't get involved because they don't want that R next to their name. He needs to go independent, or he won't have truly gone "all in."

    October 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  51. Carson N

    If CNN and the rest of mainstream media gave Ron Paul the TV/online coverage he actually deserves, running 3rd party wouldn't even be in the picture. Instead you ignore him during the debates and online, and when you do involve him, it's to ask him pointless questions like this instead of talking about the real issues with Ron Paul.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  52. Jouko

    I disagree with the guy on pretty much everything, but he's the only one on both sides who permits himself to be honest, even when it makes him unelectable. If every candidate would represent themselves in that way, elected officials would be a lot more accountable and a lot less of a disappointment when in office. 'What you see is what you get' is what's missing in modern politics.

    I'm sure he would run as a third party candidate if he thought he had a chance of winning instead of ruining the changes of the GOP.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  53. jlee

    Strategically there is no sense in even addressing this now. His focus is on getting the GOP nomination. RP is intelligent enough to see that.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Apinya

      The real difference bteewen Ron Paul supporters and other candidates support is that we are active, and the other campaigns have passive support. We go out of our way to support everything about our guy because that is the only way we have to spread the word. The media is not covering him, we don't have $20 million in the bank to run ads. We have less than a year to get out the vote, but we will.I donate money, put stickers on my cars, hand out pamphlets, talk to my friends/family about him, and I am going to set help work an info booth at a gun show this month before this campaign, I've never done more than cast a vote. I'm into the message, I don't care if he wins or not. If he is the next Barry Goldwater, and in 8 or 10 years we have a new crop of libertarian Republicans running for office because they became inspired by his campaign this year, then we have accomplished something.

      March 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  54. Richard

    I grew up with Ron Paul but he is too old and too Kookie

    October 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  55. Grrr

    For the thousandth time... "Non-Interventionalist". NOT Isolationist. There IS a difference.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  56. joesmith

    one thing sure..cnn, blitzer, and aipac continue to muddy the water, try to put a spin on the what ifs, to deceive the voters for their own voters can see through their deception..this country needs to re-establish its defuse this g8, g20 formula..aipac, and blitzer are a joke, and need to be ignored..the power brokers in israel, and here will finally be exposed for their strong arm influence..Ron Paul and all his supporters can pull this off..

    October 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  57. boehnersux

    Paul said he hadn't thought about running as a 3rd party you know that's a lie. I guarantee you he has thought about it. In any case he will NOT be elected, if you think he has any chance, forget it, you're just kidding yourself>

    October 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  58. Jason

    I would personally support (with my vote as well as campaign contributions) Ron Paul running as a third party candidate if the Republicans fail to nominate him. At age 76, this is clearly Dr. Paul's final campaign and I would like to see him continue to spread the ideals of liberty for as long as he can on a national stage. I think he would take votes equally from President Obama and Governor Romney (should he get the nomination). Honestly, I don't believe there's much difference at all between the President and Romney so it doesn't concern me that a third party could throw the election for one side or the other.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Brady

      3rd party candidates are not even ALLOWED to be at any of the debates there is NO CHANCE of him running in the libertarian ticket, that's foolish.
      Ron Paul 2012

      October 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Brady

      3rd party candidates are not even ALLOWED to be at any of the debates there is NO CHANCE of him running in the libertarian ticket, that's foolish.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
      • Yaren

        he wants to hide the US from the world? how? he wants to end all these illegal wars stop bbnmiog nations that never attacked us.. but he would rather have peace and be friends with other nations and trade with them.. how is he trying to hide the US from the world? you want Iran to nuke us for no reason? why? Zionist Israel has a secret nuke program.. 300 nuclear weapons the US has thousands.. and your worried about Iran getting one? haha

        April 5, 2012 at 1:55 am |
  59. Little Tin God

    I'm really tired of Ron "holier-then-thou" Paul. His policies would destroy the country he purports to love.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • flagwaverguy

      Only if you're a government employee, welfare recipient, wholly reliant on the federal government to take care of you. Getting rid of 90% of the government wouldn't hurt the nation, it would make us stronger, wealthier, and would rid us of parasites who feed off the 50% who actually pay taxes.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • Vishal

        What's going on? Simply put: the piggies at the trugoh know that Ron Paul is serious about putting K Street out of business and ending spending on a fundamental, radical level. I don't know how much he'd actually be able to accomplish but you can bet nobody wants to find out. That they are going to such lengths to marginalize and silence the man speaks volumes. I'm not raging Ron Paul fan but it's pretty clear they're pulling out all the stops to keep him from going anywhere.

        August 3, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  60. Carson N

    If you and and your co-workers at CNN gave Ron Paul the TV/online coverage that he deserves, we wouldn't even need to be asking this question. Instead, mainstream media ignores him; and when they do give him coverage, it's over stupid questions like this, instead of the real topics that you discuss with all the other candidates.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  61. Tom

    Ron Paul will never, ever, ever be President. And it's not because the media ignores him. It's because most people think he's a fruitcake. A very old fruitcake.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • ebirbal

      and you try to read 2 pages of medical book or try learning what he has forgetten.

      He is a vetran, sportsman, family person and doctor, 12 time congressman...what are u, could not manage to keep your wife happy – probably had couple of divorces, living of free on govt money or advertisement money with a corporate job.Start being productive for once in your life and then you can talk abt ron paul.

      October 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  62. Kevin

    Whatever works. I'm to the point where I won't vote for republican or democrat ever again. It's time for REAL change.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
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