January 29th, 2012
10:49 AM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul's caucus focus

(CNN) – Ron Paul's path to the GOP presidential nomination runs through early caucus states, the three-time White House hopeful said Sunday.

While the other three Republican candidates are campaigning in Florida ahead of Tuesday's primary, Paul spent the last few days in Maine, where caucuses are taking place through February 11.

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During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Paul said he cannot compete with the money spent in the Sunshine State, but that his message is resonating in caucus states, where his enthusiastic supporters can make the difference.

"I really do believe we're going to do quite well there and have a good chance of winning," Paul told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley about his chances in Maine.

Although Paul is charting an unconventional path to capture his party's nomination, the Texas congressman and champion of libertarian ideals, said he intends to stay in the race through the fall convention.

"We're going to stay in and see what comes of it," Paul said. "There have been a lot of ups and downs so maybe there will be some downs and we will be able to pick up the pieces."

When asked if he could eventually back his current rivals, Paul said it "would be difficult."

"They're not fixed on their beliefs, they vary and you know, they have their ear to the political noise that they hear," Paul said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Ron Paul • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. CatLib

    I admire the humility of Dr Paul does NOT have limit, especially when silencing the status quo that at all cost want to hear from him to DROP from the race.
    Dr Paul is slapping on the face of slavery!

    January 29, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Ron Paul is one step away from selling sheets on the family plan. Read his earlier writings.The man started out catering to the John Birtch/Klan nuts and is now saying somebody else wrote it and published it under his name.

    I don't know which is worse. He wrote it and is now shying away fro m his core beliefs or he can't control his own staff, which makes him incompetent.

    January 29, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. tina

    Best pf the bunch

    January 29, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. fan

    Dr. Paul you have my vote!

    January 29, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Barbara

    Finally– a tiny bit of coverage of Ron Paul.
    If we want to resurrect America, we need to listen to him. And vote him in as president.

    January 29, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    " Paul said he cannot compete with the money spent in the Sunshine State”
    He is right
    Romney campaign and super pac support Romney spend nearly 16 millions

    January 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. JM

    CNN doing an article on Dr. Ron Paul? This is like a miracle!

    January 29, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Derik D

    @stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The slander continues, and the lack of focus on what's really happening in our country. Take a moment to research the principals of libertarian-ism.

    January 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Dr. Paul, its obvious Newt is on your monetary policy for the votes. How does he expect us to have these "Massive covert Operations" in other countries when he cant print the money? War cost's Trillions and we simply don't have that.

    January 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Michael Tang

    As a progressive leftist, I could never vote for Paul, although some of his libertarian ideas are interesting, especially his positions on the Fed, the Patriot Act and his neo-isolationist foreign policy. His economic plan would be a disaster and his "racist" background could be real-where there's smoke there's fire. His focus on the caucuses to be a spoiler shows that he's no dummy and he continues to be a force to reckon with for both Democrats and Republicans.

    Mike

    January 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. jess

    Dr. Paul, its obvious Newt is on your monetary policy for the votes. How does he expect us to have these "Massive covert Operations" in other countries when he cant print the money? War cost's Trillions and we simply don't have that.

    January 29, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. cam2

    All the way to the convention! Ron Paul 2012

    January 29, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Bovine Inspector

    It's Candy Cow-ley not Crow-ley.

    January 29, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. ToughUSA

    Breaking News Ron Paul Initiates Global Debate
    'Endorse Liberty' Super PAC to Broadcast 30 Minute Ron Paul TV Special in Florida
    Pacs buying 30 min time slots in florida
    Google It (EndorseLiberty) UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!!

    January 29, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. ToughUSA

    It's a sad day when you Vote for Obama, Newt or Romney and feel stupid, but if you don't vote, you feel more knowledgeable.

    January 29, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. cam2

    The look on Ron Paul's face when he was asked if he would endorse one of the other candidates....Priceless.
    RON PAUL 2012

    January 29, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. ToughUSA

    Ron Pauls 30 minute Specials airing right now in Florida. My friends called me and felt distraught over it's contents. The media and government needs to explain why this was held back from America. Totally unacceptable !!!!

    January 29, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. ToughUSA

    CNN needs to explain Ron Pauls special airing in Florida!!!

    January 29, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. libertea

    Ron Paul is the best candidate in the race. Even if you don't agree completely, you have to vote for him because no one else can stop the upcoming financial crisis that is going to destroy the middle class. He predicated the housing bubble, he knows what he is talking about. The media is not going to cover his policies, they don't want you educated.

    January 29, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Jas Dal

    Voting for what you believe is stupid. Do not do that. Only vote for people that other people tell you can win. Vote for the lessor of two evils. Don't vote for something. Vote against something. REPEAT every 4 years.

    January 29, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. tired of old school politics

    Keep America the same vote for the other crooks who tought the same story! If you want to witness real change, solutions and innovation then support Ron Paul!

    January 29, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. richard

    finally!!!!!! a we the people president.....RON PAUL 2012

    January 29, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Marie

    CNN must be feeling the heat of the boycott of their sponsors due to their unfair converage of the Ron Paul campaign.

    January 29, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. JM

    GUYS GUYS, THERE IS A RED ADVERTISEMENT ON THE RIGHT SIDE, PLEASE CLICK ON IT AND ASK THEM TO GIVE RON PAUL FAIR COVERAGE. They say politics is a dirty game. Well, I believe it should not even be viewed as a game. People's lives depend on the policies they bring to the table.

    January 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. thenewleft

    Ron Paul is the only honest candidate running for the presidency.

    January 29, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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