(CNN) - Ron Paul said Friday he thought it sounded "fun" to use his fiercely-committed backers to influence the Republican Party's platform at this summer's GOP national convention in Tampa.
Paul, speaking with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, was speculating about his path forward should he not win the 2012 GOP nomination. Interviewed for "John King USA" in Nashua, New Hampshire, Paul said it would be "difficult, but not impossible" to beat a path to victory should former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney win the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
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"That's still only two primaries, but history shows if you do that you are in a pretty strong position. But we haven't had the first primary yet, we've had the caucus, so things can happen," Paul continued.
One option if he doesn't win the nomination would be to bring his supporters to the convention to try and exert influence on the GOP's platform.
"It might be a way to promote the things I believe in, and that is a political action," Paul said. "So yes, if we have something to say, who knows, maybe they might even have something in the platform that says maybe we ought to look at the Federal Reserve. Maybe we ought to reconsider not going to war unless there's a declaration of war. That's very popular with the American people."
Jesse Jackson took that approach at the 1988 Democratic convention, when he brought supporters of his presidential bid to exert influence on the party's platform.
Paul rejected the notion he was promoting an ideological movement rather than making a serious bid for office, saying the two weren't mutually exclusive.
"Why can't I do both?" Paul asked. "Some people take it out of context because I emphasize the movement and the philosophy and what I've done for all of these years. At the same time I run. I started off that way and was elected twelve times. We're having fairly good success right now, and you have to figure there's a path to victory."
Paul said the young people fueling his presidential campaign were drawn to the message of personal freedom.
"I think they know what freedom means, and that's what I talk about," Paul said. "And they know when I talk about debt, they know they're getting a bad rap on this. And they don't like war and they see that we've gone into war too often and they bear the burden, financially as well as young people will be sent over. So it's a message I think that's instinctively popular with a lot of people."