Ron Paul, iconic outsider candidate for the 2012 elections, scaled down his bid for president yesterday, saying he will not actively campaign head-to-head against Mitt Romney in remaining Republican primary states, according to an Atlantic
magazine story. "We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," Paul said.
Tell that to his supporters. They remain committed to opening up the 2012 elections beyond mainstream media supported candidates. Paul supporters in Maine, Nevada, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Missouri remain strong for their candidate, making full use of Republican caucus rules to secure delegates for Paul, to prevent a blow out for Mitt Romney.
What Paul's delegates can do is make a fuss, the Atlantic article continues. When Romney goes to Tampa for his coronation, there will be plenty of noisy Paul backers around who can make their voices heard in ways other than the actual ballot.
Delegates bound for Romney but personally in favor of Paul could try abstaining to keep Romney from hitting 1,144, forcing later ballots on which they would no longer be bound. Bound delegates are those promised to Romney. If Republican delegates don't agree in the first round of voting, they can nominate other candidates.
That opens a door for a brokered convention. Paul may not win the nomination, but his supporters will make sure their voice is heard. Paul has consistently called for an audit of the Federal Reserve bank, a private bank the U.S. government depends on to issue dollars into the economy. The government pays interest on those dollars. Paul has long contended the Fed is not necessary, and that the Constitution allows Congress to issue U.S. dollars without paying interest to any private bank.
"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," Paul said in a story published by The Washington Times. "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."
Remaining states include New Jersey, Texas, and California. Combined, they add up to more than 640 delegates. Paul's supporters say their candidate will help get attention because the main stream media has consistently ignored Paul's candidacy.
What do you think?