Ron Paul: Says National Press Ignores Him

The presidential hopeful spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

October 5, 2011, 2:54 PM

Oct. 5, 2011 -- Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaking to a lunchtime crowd at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., today, said his campaign had an uphill battle in trying to get attention from the news media.

As proof, Paul pointed to Jon Stewart's comedic take on "The Daily Show," which has taken several news organizations to task for totally ignoring Paul's strong second-place finish in the Ames Straw Poll in August.

"I think people should ask why things are news and others are not," Paul said.

Paul then asked for a show of hands if they knew anyone who'd won the Florida GOP Straw Poll.

Paul remarked that it looked as if almost everyone knew.

He then asked for a show of hands if they knew who'd won the California Straw Poll.

Paul said it looked as if one person knew.

Raising his voice several octaves, he said, "I won the California Straw Poll."

Paul started his speech by saying that his campaign had raised more than $8 million in the third fiscal quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

That's more than the $4.5 million he raised last quarter and more than the $5 million he raised in the third quarter of 2007, when he ran four years ago.

Later in the event, Paul was asked if he worried about the almost $17 million haul by the Perry campaign this quarter. He said that all money is not equal.

"I don't get special interest money," Paul said. "Banks don't give me money. All donations are not equal."

Paul was also asked about what he said Monday -- that President Obama could possibly be impeached for the killing of U.S. citizen and possible terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

When asked why he had not yet drawn up articles of impeachment, Paul said it would accomplish nothing.

He said that if he drew up articles of impeachment for Obama, then he would need to draw them up for every president.

Paul was also asked on how he felt about his son Rand occupying a seat in the U.S. Senate, which is traditionally considered the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress.

"I told him if he does a good job as a senator, he just might get a seat in the House of Representatives," Paul said.

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