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Forum Post: Ron Paul calls it quits

Posted 8 years ago on May 14, 2012, 8:19 p.m. EST by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV
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Ron Paul stops actively campaigning. He says that he will not back Romney and will continue in his attempt to change the GOP. Come November voters won't have much of a choice. SOS.



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[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 8 years ago

“Asked if this is a dropout, Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton said ‘Absolutely not! We are focusing our efforts squarely on winning delegates and party leadership positions at state conventions.”

Ron Paul is still running for president.

[-] 2 points by ARod1993 (2420) 8 years ago

Apparently Paul has stopped campaigning but isn't dropping out of the race; I figure he's going to go home and secure his HoR seat for another two years and see how many delegates he can collect for the purpose of arm-twisting Romney in Tampa. I also don't necessarily think his lack of active campaigning will affect his delegate totals that much; from what I can tell the situation is such that his followers will vote for him without being reminded to and those who will vote for Romney or stay home wouldn't have had their minds changed by a continued push.

At this stage, even if he doesn't win the nomination he's certainly going to make the 2012 RNC a great deal more interesting than it would probably be otherwise. This has been an incredibly fractious primary season, and it would appear that with Santorum out of the race it's basically down to Romney and Paul. Given that a whole lot of the religious conservatives and libertarians want nothing to do with Romney, it remains to be seen how all of this is going to shake out.

At the very least, this means that Tampa 2012 will probably be much less of a coronation ceremony for Romney and much more about wheeling and dealing and arm-twisting to see what modifications of his platform the conservatives are going to be able to get through. At most, there is a nonzero (although very slim and getting slimmer by the minute) possibility that Romney and Co. will be negotiating for favors with Paul rather than the other way around.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 8 years ago

So I do not know what could show up in the Rs convention-
Assuming willard will have enough deligates to win on the first ballot, why would he negotiate with paul ?
Is the "platform" anything real ? what could he give paul
that would turn off fewer moderates than
turn on the paul army ?

[-] 3 points by ARod1993 (2420) 8 years ago

Who the hell knows? I'm rooting for Paul in this situation because I'm looking forward to Tampa 2012 being a Class A shitshow, and the more delegates Paul has walking in (and the more pissed-off followers he can threaten to keep home on November 6), the more of a shitshow this convention is going to be. The fact that the man even got this far is a clear indicator of the distance between the party higher-ups and the base, and every moment Paul's on stage that schism gets a little bit wider and Romney's chances in November get a little bit dimmer.

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 8 years ago

certainly - if the last few days are a clue, paulists + tp will do here what happened to the dems in 1968!

[-] 2 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 8 years ago

Ron Paul's own words sent via email to his supporters: "Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that liberty is the way of the future."

I believe his strategy now is to be a fly in the ointment and, maybe, influence the convention in yet unseen ways.

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 8 years ago

Worst election ever. Sadly Goldman Sachs is going to win the election this year.

I think 2016 will be the year where people pay attention and real candidates will rise over the crap.

[-] 2 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 8 years ago

LOL, though it's not funny. I hope the majority of American workers someday start paying attention to something more than gadgets and infantile entertainment.

[-] 2 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 8 years ago

Ouch! That is so pathetic sounding when you put it that way, but it is true....true..sigh

[-] 2 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 8 years ago

Guess it's up to Roseanne now. I'm going to miss that old fuss-bucket.

[-] 1 points by OccNoVi (415) 8 years ago

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