Ron Paul Basically Admits That It’s Over
Ron Paul announced today that he would not be engaging in any further campaigning in states where primaries are still going to be held:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul said on Monday he will no longer be actively campaigning in the GOP presidential primaries but won’t formally suspend his campaign. Instead, the libertarian candidate’s organization will continue to accumulate delegates to send to the Republican National Convention.
“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,” said a statement from Paul that was distributed by his campaign. “Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”
Paul’s advisers and his campaign itself had wavered in recent months about what they were hoping to achieve by remaining in the 2012 race despite not having won a single primary state. In March, campaign manager Jesse Benton said he was hoping for a brokered convention in Tampa, but it was a goal the congressman rejected in a recent interview with CNN. He may be working to build a base for his son, Rand Paul, a Kentucky senator.
Here’s the complete statement:
“As I reflect on our 2012 Presidential campaign, I am humbled by the supporters who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much. And I am so proud of what we have accomplished. We will not stop until we have restored what once made America the greatest country in human history.
“This campaign fought hard and won electoral success that the talking heads and pundits never thought possible. But, this campaign is also about more than just the 2012 election. It has been part of a quest I began 40 years ago and that so many have joined. It is about the campaign for Liberty, which has taken a tremendous leap forward in this election and will continue to grow stronger in the future until we finally win.
“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.
“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted. Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have. I encourage all supporters of Liberty to make sure you get to the polls and make your voices heard, particularly in the local, state, and Congressional elections, where so many defenders of Freedom are fighting and need your support.
“I hope all supporters of Liberty will remain deeply involved – become delegates, win office, and take leadership positions. I will be right there with you. In the coming days, my campaign leadership will lay out to you our delegate strategy and what you can do to help, so please stay tuned.
According to RealClearPolitics estimates, Paul currently has 99 delegates to Romney’s 949, although as I have noted in a recent post, Paul’s supporters have been engaged in what some are calling a “hijacking” strategy at the convention level in states that held caucuses this year. What these delegates might do at the Republican National Convention is anyone’s guess, although for his own reasons I seriously doubt that Paul would want them to do anything to disrupt the convention if only because of the impact that could have on his son’s political future. This also essentially marks the end of Paul’s political career since, shortly before the start of the Presidential campaign last year, he announced that he would not be running for re-election to Congress.