Ron Paul Endorses Chuck Baldwin for President

In this important message to his supporters, Ron Paul explains the new alliance that is forming among freedom-loving third party supporters, expresses his regret for Bob Barr’s refusal to join the alliance, and endorses Chuck Baldwin for President.

A New Alliance

by Ron Paul

The press conference at the National Press Club had a precise purpose. It was to expose, to as many people as possible, the gross deception of our presidential election process. It is controlled by the powerful elite to make sure that neither candidate of the two major parties will challenge the status quo. There is no real choice between the two major parties and their nominees, only the rhetoric varies. The amazingly long campaign is designed to make sure the real issues are ignored. The quotes I used at the press conference from insider Carroll Quigley and the League of Women voters strongly support this contention.

Calling together candidates from the liberal, conservative, libertarian and progressive constituencies, who are all opposed to this rigged process, was designed to alert the American people to the uselessness of continuing to support a process that a claims that one’s only choice is to choose the lesser of two evils and reject a principle vote that might challenge the status quo as a wasted vote.

In both political education and organization, coalitions are worthwhile and necessary to have an impact. “Talking to the choir” alone achieves little. I have always approached political and economic education with a “missionary” zeal by inviting any group in on issues we agree upon.

This opens the door to legitimate discourse with the hope of winning new converts to the cause of liberty. This strategy led to the press conference with the four candidates agreeing to the four principles we believe are crucial in challenging the political system that has evolved over many years in this country.

This unique press conference, despite the surprising, late complication from the Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, hopefully will prove to be historically significant.

This does not mean that I expect to get Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney to become libertarians, nor do they expect me to change my mind on the issues on which we disagree. In the meantime, why can’t we be friends, respectful of each other, and fight the corrupt process from which we suffer, and at the same time champion the four issues that we all agree upon which the two major candidates won’t address?

Many practical benefits can come from this unique alliance. Our cause is liberty — freedom is popular and is the banner that brings people together. Since authoritarianism divides, we always have the edge in an intellectual fight. Once it’s realized that the humanitarian goals of peace and prosperity are best achieved with our views, I’m convinced we win by working with others. Those who don’t want to collaborate are insecure with their own beliefs.

In the past two years at the many rallies where I talked and shook hands with literally thousands of people, I frequently asked them what brought them to our campaign. There were many answers: the Constitution, my consistency, views on the Federal Reserve, the war, and civil liberties. The crowds were overwhelmingly made up of young people.

Oftentimes I welcomed the diverse groups that came, mentioning that the crowd was made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Liberals and Progressives with each group applauding. Even jokingly, I recognized the “anarchists” and that, too, was met with some applause. In conversations, many admitted to having been Democrats and members of the Green Party and supporters of Ralph Nader, yet they came to agree with us on all the issues once the entire philosophy was understood. That’s progress.

Principled people are not shy in participating with others and will defend their beliefs on their merits. Liberals and progressives are willing to align themselves with us on the key issues of peace, civil liberties, debt and the Federal Reserve. That’s exciting and very encouraging, and it means we are making progress. The big challenge, however, is taking on the establishment, and the process that is so well entrenched. But we can’t beat the entrenched elite without the alliance of all those who have been disenfranchised.

Ironically the most difficult group to recruit has been the evangelicals who supported McCain and his pro-war positions. They have been convinced that they are obligated to initiate preventive war in the Middle East for theological reasons. Fortunately, this is a minority of the Christian community, but our doors remain open to all despite this type of challenge. The point is, new devotees to the freedom philosophy are more likely to come from the left than from those conservatives who have been convinced that God has instructed us to militarize the Middle East.

Although we were on the receiving end of ridicule in the reporting of the press conference, I personally was quite satisfied with the results. True revolutions are not won in a week, a month, or even a year. They take time. But we are making progress, and the momentum remains and is picking up. The Campaign for Liberty is alive and well, and its growth and influence will continue. Obviously the press conference could have been even more successful without the last-minute change of heart by the Libertarian Party candidate by not participating. He stated that his support for the four points remains firm. His real reason for not coming, nor letting me know until forty minutes before the press conference started, is unknown to me. To say the least, I was shocked and disappointed.

Yet in the long run, this last-minute change in plans will prove to be of little importance. I’m convinced that problems like this always seem bigger at the moment, yet things usually work out in the end. Recovering from the mistakes and shortcomings of all that we do in this effort is not difficult if the message is right and our efforts are determined. And I’m convinced they are. That’s what will determine our long-term success, not the shortcomings of any one person.

The Libertarian Party Candidate admonished me for “remaining neutral” in the presidential race and not stating whom I will vote for in November. It’s true; I have done exactly that due to my respect and friendship and support from both the Constitution and Libertarian Party members. I remain a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and I’m a ten-term Republican Congressman. It is not against the law to participate in more than one political party. Chuck Baldwin has been a friend and was an active supporter in the presidential campaign.

I continue to wish the Libertarian and Constitution Parties well. The more votes they get, the better. I have attended Libertarian Party conventions frequently over the years.

In some states, one can be on the ballots of two parties, as they can in New York. This is good and attacks the monopoly control of politics by Republicans and Democrats. We need more states to permit this option. This will be a good project for the Campaign for Liberty, along with the alliance we are building to change the process.

I’ve thought about the unsolicited advice from the Libertarian Party candidate, and he has convinced me to reject my neutral stance in the November election. I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.

  • Rich

    I’ve been listening to Chuck Baldwins beliefs on website a lot and he’s nearly identical to Ron Paul in all areas that I’ve heard. I’m very happy that Ron has also decided to support him as Chuck seems to be the leading candidate by a wide margin in the libertarian party. I’m not sure what the exact differences are between the libertarian and constitution parties though, but I know that Chuck is dead serious about becoming president and doing everything that Ron Paul wants to do as well.
    Chuck said that if he does get to be president that that he will make Ron Paul secretary of the treasury and put him in charge of getting rid of the IRS, the so called “Federal Reserve” changing tax laws and everything else to do with money and finances since he knows that Ron is so solid in that area among so many others too. What a great team they would make!!

    GREAT Choice Ron Paul!

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  • Judson

    I agree with your views, but please have someone proofread your posts.

    “It is not against the law to participate in more then one political party.”

    Also, I think you’re missing a few commas.

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  • Dale Martin

    I was leaning toward Chuck Baldwin even before the endorsement of
    Dr. Ron Paul. Once again, he is making the right choice. Even
    though I would prefer to cast my vote for Dr. Paul, I will vote
    for Chuck Baldwin as my second choice and out of respect for Dr.

    I have voted and supported Libertarians in the past. I am offended
    by Barr’s action and will NOT give them any more of my support of
    any kind. Is it possible the Libertarians have been infiltrated
    and have “lost their way” also????

    We need to consolidate and bring more credibility to the Ron
    Paul group. Realistically, Ron Paul has done all he can and
    has gone over and above to do that. We need to move towards
    a more focused goal and to start looking for a leader who is
    able to capture the imagination and attention of the media.
    The person who picks up the batton should have the 100% support
    of Dr. Paul. I would like to see a person emerge who already
    has much name recognition — a Ross Perot type would be good.
    Even a black Ron Paul would be fine with me. But, to get the
    necessary media attention, we need to get some sort of celebrity.
    This is unfortunate, but I feel necessary.

    Any ideas?

    There has to be more “founding father” material out there.
    I sort of like Lou Dobbs, even moreso than Jesse Ventura.
    There has to be others.

    I will be forever grateful to Ron Paul for his dedication
    and sacrifice to our country. One day, we should have
    a national Ron Paul Day !!!!

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  • Richard Gambrill

    Melinda B,

    Michael Peroutka was the CP candidate in 2004. His major platform was that the Republicans were not doing enough to fight abortion and gay marriage. There was not much mention from him regarding liberty, and his “grassroots” efforts were people spamming Christian forums boards condemning people telling them they were essentially sinning for not supporting Peroutka. I am a Christian who drank the republican Kool-Aid for too long, and it was tactics such as this by republicans that finally turned me to the LP. I guess I have a sour taste in my mouth when considering the CP because of 2004. Baldwin does seem to have a better handle on the liberty aspect.


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  • Jason

    Good choice as far as I see. I am way into the Constitutional Party since the Libertarian party selected Barr. He’s a flopper. Ron Paul likes Baldwin, and that says a LOT. I have yet to decide if I am voting for Baldwin or Paul however… Those are the only two choices for me though. If you like Barr, read about him before he joined the Libertarian movement, it will change your mind.

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  • melinda b

    richard gambrill the religious right your talking about well that may be true however, thats not ron paul. ive heard him speak on this issue and that could be why christians turned away from him.

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  • Ashley Botelho

    I am in a bind here. I was well convinced that I was writing in Ron Paul in November. So much so that I started a myspace site devoted to it right before I had my daughter (so forgive me for not being able to have updated it as much as I would have liked), and I even encouraged everyone in the delivery room to “Write in Ron Paul” as I was pushing her out. The motives behind my writing Dr. Paul in are, of course, to fight the “lesser of two evils” method that has put such a dark shadow over our election proccess and to vote for the person that I think would really make a change, as the major party candidates only make sly, false claims to bring on. The problem, then, is will I really achieve these motives by writing in a man who has himself endorsed another? I trust Ron Paul to have fully considered his endorsement, so I have a lot to think about now.. The “change” we are looking for in this election has to actually be getting the attention of the two major parties. As you all know, we need to show America that the time has come for us to take back our country and return it to the days of true freedom. I think if we were to all pull together and unite on one candidate, this attention can be attained. If it means that I have to vote for the man Ron Paul endorses rather than writing Ron Paul, I’ll do it. The change needed is much bigger than the man himself, so I say: Let’s Rally!

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  • Michael

    Why did Dr. Paul endorse a candidate? Dr. Paul wants the Republicans, Democrats, the Media, and everyone to see the unseen vote. The vote not cast because they do not want to vote for either candidate. Because there is not a box on the ballot to check none of the above, Dr. Paul wants all of us to unite and support the candidate closest to his principles. I pray this will be a signifigant number to make everyone take notice. I am not able to vote for Chuck Baldwin because my corrupt state does not allow write-ins and he will not be listed on the ballot in Oklahoma. Please take Dr. Paul’s advice and do not write in Ron Paul, but show our unity, and vote Chuck Baldwin.

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  • Don Lockwood

    All third parties MUST work together if we are ever to have a chance of scraping the DemoRat/Repugnantcans stench from the bottoms of our shoes. I am mainly speaking about the Libertarian party getting on board. Bob Barr and the Libertarian party have to shake off their petty, spiteful attitude and join the freedom/liberty alliance. Divided, we will certainly fail. We all need get behind one candidate. I think that Ron Paul was right for endorsing Chuck Baldwin as he is an excellent judge of character. Although I really like Bob Barr, he lost my vote when he spurned the alliance. That proved to me that the Bob Barr candidacy was never about saving the American republic. Mr, Barr, I hope that you will shake off your differences and embrace the things that we all agree on. I know that you are a bigger man. Please see the error of your ways and support the coalition.

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  • Richard Philips

    I will vote for Chuck Baldwin because of Ron Paul’s endorsement. I admire Ron Paul and his judgement. Let’s all put our support with Chuck Baldwin and help make this country as great as it used to be. I am not going to vote for the lesser of two evils anymore!

    Richard Phillips Sr.

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  • Perry Ball

    I was waiting to hear who Ron Paul was going to endorse. I think he made an excellent choice in endorsing Chuck Baldwin who will adhere to the same constitutional principles as Dr. Paul.

    Baldwin/Castle ’08!!!

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  • Richard Gambrill

    To: Tim Champion

    I do agree with you about getting those numbers to get the attention of the big 2. I am seriously considering moving my support to Chuck Baldwin. I will see if I can hit up some Libertarian forums to grab some more converts.

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  • Tim Champion

    While I am pleased that Dr. Paul has honored my party’s candidate with his support, I’d have liked to seen Bob Barr helping out with this, as it addresses a “bigger picture”. We sorely need to find ourselves in common agreement as freedom loving people, or I fear our efforts may be all for nothing. I think with our parties in unison, we may have, at the very least, the numbers required to get the attention of the Republican/Democrat monopoly.
    God Bless the Republic

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  • Ron Ralph

    A sea change as citizens see their savings disappear.

    nader paul kucinich gravel
    Open the damn debates!
    mckinney ventura
    perot charts

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  • steve

    Its going to take the constitution to stop these crooks from doing anymore damage to our freedoms and country.If we followed the constitution we wouldnt have bases all over the world,wouldnt be in 2 wars,the dollar would be strong,and corrupt crooked banks would not be bailed out by the labor of the citizens and their kids that are not even born yet..I hope we can reverse this assult on America.

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  • Jim

    Chuck who? It’s too late to stop me from writing in Ron Paul.

    Yes, I understand that with his wife being in poor health that he may have lost the motivation to sally forth, but I agree with him and his honest approach to speaking to Americans honestly.

    If you are reading this Dr. Paul, you will be in my prayers along with my brother who is currently in down town Baghdad, IRAQ. I trust no one else to bring him home but you… and you are being called to greatness.


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  • Mosephus

    Party Loyalty is what keeps people voting for Repubs and Dems.

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  • Bob Munro

    It is a good choice for me as the Constitution Party wants to deport all illegals

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  • Richard Gambrill

    I find this somewhat disappointing. The Constitution Party in the past has been the party that promoted itself as the true party for the Religious Right. They seem to be about freedom so long as you aren’t gay. I’m not saying that Bob Barr would have been a better choice, but the Libertarian Party overall seems to be more inline with the Ron Paul doctrine. Not sure where I will be casting my vote yet. I kind of feel like I’m being shafted by the 3rd parties as well. I was leaning Bob Barr simply for party loyalty and I thought he would be the Ron Paul pick. I may go with Chuck Baldwin simply because with Dr. Paul’s endorsment, he might bring in enough enough of the popular vote to reach that crucial 5% mark.


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  • katie

    I am so happy!! When Ron Paul dropped out of the race, I switched to the Constitution Party. I know I made the right choice.

    Chuck Baldwin 2008

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