Ron Paul To Rally At Independence Mall
According to a press release straight outta’ Lake Jackson, Texas, Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul (Yep, in it to win it!) will hold a “major campaign rally” at Independence Mall on Sunday afternoon.
Paul will be joined by former CIA officer and Bin Laden Unit leader Michael Scheuer, who has endorsed Paul for the presidency. Scheuer is known in the mainstream media for having a controversial stance on Israel, having said he doesn’t believe the Middle East state is “worth an American life or an American dollar.”
Paul Spokesman Jesse Benton adds that Paul will discuss “his vision for constitutionally-limited government, including the urgent need to restore our economic and civil liberties. The location is highly symbolic, as Philadelphia is the city where our founders conceptualized and established a modest federal government of the kind Dr. Paul has consistently promoted for more than 30 years.”
A small government conservative, Paul won the attention of millions of Americans when he ran for president in 2008 as an anti-war Republican, though much of that attention within his own party was negative, and became moreso when conservative blogs and others wondered if Paul was, in fact, a 9/11 Truther and “coddler of racists.” Former Ron Paul aide Eric Dondero, whom PW interviewed for a story about claims of Islamic law overtaking U.S. law, claims Paul told him the CIA was behind the attacks of 9/11. He calls Paul “the original 9-11 Truther.”
Now comes the tricky part. First off, yes. Ron Paul is still running for president, despite garnering a total of 55 delegates and, thus far, winning no states. His presence at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on March 24 was dismal. The last member of the press traveling with his campaign recently hopped off the bus and he’s become something of a non-entity since the early primary states.
One bright spot in the campaign, however, is that some of Santorum’s non-committal delegates may be flocking to Ron Paul as the last anti-Romney and true conservative in the race.
Last time Paul ran for president, Paul used online social networking, spamming and online money bombs to keep himself going and gain popularity. During the then-Pennsylvania primary (when John McCain had the Republican nomination wrapped up for some time, but Obama-Hillary was still going strong), Paul ended with 16 percent of the vote, garnering him a second place finish. He had a sweet anime-ish commercial that aired in the Philadelphia area a few times, then, too.
He ended that race with 35 delegates. So he’s done better this time around in pure numbers, but his loss early on in Iowa (he came in 3rd with 21.4 percent; about 3 points behind Santorum and Romney) slowed down any momentum analysts though he’d gain in the primary. InfoWars.com, a website dedicated to conspiracy theories perpetuated by Alex Jones, called Paul’s loss in Iowa the “Biggest Fraud Since Kennedy Stole the West Virginia Primary,” in reference to the 1960 U.S. presidential election, which the website suggests John F. Kennedy stole.
No word on a rain date or location for the event.