Door Open a Tad for a Ron Paul Independent Run?
Via today’s Meet the Press, Ron Paul left a slight door open for a third party run:
MR. RUSSERT: If, if you do not win the Republican nomination for president, will you run as an independent in 2008?
REP. PAUL: I have no intention to do that.
MR. RUSSERT: Absolute promise.
REP. PAUL: I have no intention of doing that.
MR. RUSSERT: Well, but no intention’s a wiggle word.
REP. PAUL: Well, OK, I deserve one wiggle now and then, Tim. I mean, what the devil…
MR. RUSSERT: So no–so no Shermanesque statement.
REP. PAUL: You know, I…
MR. RUSSERT: “I will not sun as an independent.”
REP. PAUL: Well, I can be pretty darned sure that I have no intention, no plans of doing it, and that’s about 99.9 percent. I don’t like people who are such absolutists, “I will never do this, or I will win, I’m going to come in first.” I don’t like those absolutists terms in politics.
MR. RUSSERT: But the door’s open a little bit.
REP. PAUL: Not very much. It really isn’t.
Interesting. I suspect that it won’t happen (because he is going to win the GOP nomination, of course!) but I found the statement interesting, as at one point the word was (supposedly, at least) that he had pledged not to run if he did not get the nomination.