Mod Edit: Please note that this thread is from 2008
The 'major' announcement at the National Press Club, covered by most major news organizations and streamed live over the internet by CNN, left more
than a few disappointed supporters. While rumors and speculation persisted as to what the announcement would be about, and a
certain ATS thread
is now actually untrue, (which is why the title of it needs to be
changed if we are to deny ignorance), some key points made at the conference included:
1) Ron Paul has got the other parties to all agree on 4 principal statements:
Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our
soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and
plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer
friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the
Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret
tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must
reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and
already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future
The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking,
corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of
commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be
aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.
2) Ron Paul's main purpose for the conference appeared to be to encourage and give rationale for 3rd party votes, saying he was directly opposed to
the idea that a vote for a 3rd party candidate was wasted, and that on the contrary, a vote for one of the two major parties was wasted, because there
will essentially be no fundamental change on so many issues including the Federal Reserve, foreign policy, and many other issues.
3) An interesting moment occurred when a reporter from Russia Today asked Ron Paul about a phone call he received from the McCain campaign asking him
again to endorse McCain. (ROFL, like after being outcast from the RNC, to the point of holding his own successful rally in protest, he's about to
endorse Mccain! :shk: ) The reporter then said that Russia Today was very interested in doing another extended interview with him, and giving Ron Paul
the press coverage that the MSM did not.
4) Cynthia McKinney also had some interesting things to add, saying that essentially more focus was needed on the election system, and pointing out
that the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen. She also was opposed, as was Ron Paul, to the idea of the US putting the taxpayers in additional debt of
$ 1 billion in an aid package to Georgia, and she said that humanitarian shipments on US military vessels was inappropriate.
5) C-SPAN video coverage of this event will be available shortly at this link:
6) Another note: Bob Barr did not show up to the conference, but ironically will be at another press conference AT THE SAME FACILITY AT 12 noon
[edit on 10-9-2008 by TrueAmerican]
edit on 12-9-2011 by Gemwolf because: Added 2008 to title to avoid confusion.