February 11th, 2012
07:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul forges ahead after finishing second in Maine

(CNN) – Ron Paul said Saturday he would keep up his strategy of campaigning in states holding presidential caucuses after his second-place finish in Maine's contest.

Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the caucus strategy made sense for his campaign, which has struggled to raise the amounts of money posted by his competitors or the super PACs that support them. He said he would campaign in primary states only if they allocated delegates proportionally instead of winner take all and the cost of campaigning there didn't exceed his budget.

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"We're going to continue like we are doing, the smaller states, the caucus states where we can accumulate delegates," Paul said. "We had a good day. We are convinced we will win the majority of the delegates out of Maine today."

While the state's GOP chairman announced Saturday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had won the Maine preference poll with 39% of the vote, the results there are non-binding, meaning delegates could still be awarded to other candidates.

Paul said the cost of campaigning in large states didn't make sense for his operation.

"To compete with someone with hundreds of millions of dollars is difficult," Paul said. "So for us to spend $25 million and the difficulty we have with raising money with the odds of not coming in first, that is not a wise choice of spending money."

Paul agreed the race for the White House is rapidly becoming Romney's to lose.

Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. "He does have the money and the organization. He just doesn't have the enthusiasm that I think we have able to get in our crowds, you know, really excited about what he believes in. I think that's his biggest problem. But I would say yes, he is out in front and people are picking away at him. He lost a few but he picked up a little steam today. You have to give him credit for that."

Paul said Romney's disposition made him more appealing than the other candidates in the race, but that his positions were far from his own.

"It just happens that because I've known Mitt a while longer he is friendlier, but I don't sympathize more with his positions," Paul said.


Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Ron Paul
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dan

    How can they call a 3 point race with 16% of precincts not in yet?

    February 11, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Jay

    Less than 200 votes separating Romney and Paul with only 83.7% of precincts reporting, and they call Romney the winner?

    This is called fraud, and media complicity in fraud. Nice work, CNN...again.

    "Notably, not all of Maine’s municipalities have held a caucus yet – tonight’s results only represent about 80 percent of Maine’s towns. According to state GOP chairman Charlie Webster, there are 505 municipalities in Maine, of which 420 have caucused. An additional 40 or so small municipalities will not hold a caucus at all, and the remaining will hold a caucus in the coming weeks."

    February 11, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. James

    The GOP and the Government are a bunch of lieing cheaters. They will do everything they can to keep Ron Paul out of office. The American People deserve Goldman Sachs puppet Romney, or Bible thumber I only care about you if your white and christain Santorium. The government got us into this problem, they are using us like modern day slaves.. Ron Paul is the only one willing to stand up for you and if you are to afraid to be free and need government to continue to tell you how to live your life then vote for one of the other puppets who work for the government who created this mess. They will keep things as they are and the government will continue to use us and our tax dollars for their own personal gain.

    February 11, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey Ron, you know what they call someone who keeps not coming in first in these races? Loser. Unless you come up with a significant niumber of delegates, you aren't going to have any input in the Platform, either. Of course, that may be a good thing as you are somewhat to the right of Wendell Wilkie and Herbert Hoover when it comes to your world and govenment views.

    February 11, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Eric

    "Finish" implies that all the votes have been counted. 83% of precincts reporting is hardly "final" especially when the distance between 1st and second is so small. But keep ramming it down everyone's throats that "Romney Won"...

    February 11, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Bob D

    A disappointment, but not a fatal one. Santorum can beat Romney in Missori Colorado and Minnesota why can't Ron beat him in Maine. The campaign is not where it needs to be. Close, but no cigar.

    February 11, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Paul

    ,,,Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. "He does ...

    Should be "Paul said" not Romney said...

    February 11, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. diridi

    he speaks lot of sense. o.k,

    February 11, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    What is your stance in regard to teacher rights? I am a teacher and I believe that we should be held accountable, but firing teachers for no cause is a little scary. Please respond.
    Frightened VA teacher.

    February 11, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. joe

    Delusional old coot.

    February 11, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. cam2

    Mitt Romney stated that he supports NDAA; indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial, just like Obama does. That's enough for me to stay home and not vote should Romney become the Republican candidate.

    February 11, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Eman

    OK CNN HUGE misquote. Paul said those things about Romney in your last paragraph about the enthusiasm and organization. That's a HUGE typo I think somebody should address. At least let Paul have his moment COME ON!

    February 11, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Editor Needed

    Article is incoherent.
    I'm intuiting there was no interview of Romney despite the troubled phrasing.

    Also-
    employ me

    February 11, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Sit down and shut up.

    February 11, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. logicnLA

    Second place-Less than 2000 votes in a state with 1,300,000 plus people. I've got almost as many Facebook friends!

    February 11, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Mr. Paul, I applaud You !! Hope You keep on going – and keep all the votes split between the other 3 clowns in the race – because if it weren't for You, those other 3 yo -yo's wouldn't be working as hard. It's amazing that none of the 3 stooges can muster up enough Votes to "seal the deal" – - – Oh, well, I guess that's what Saarah Palin wants – she's been Qupted as saying that she wanted this thing to go on, "to Vet this Thing" I mean, how many Months does each person have to be "Vetted" ?? I mean, How many Debates do we need to get someone "Vetted" ? It's amazing to me.

    February 11, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. independent

    If you take into account the hugh money difference, Ron Paul won.

    February 11, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. HankReardan

    Ron Paul is collecting more and more delegates.

    How many committed delegates to the others have? Very little. That is why Ron Paul and the Republic are happy.

    February 11, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Steve

    Almost a Tie! Of course, almost might mean little, but the differene is what, 1 delegate at most?

    February 11, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. LOL

    third to last paragraph epic fail

    February 11, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Mike

    the one true person inm the Race Ron Paul, I wish him the best

    February 11, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Gordon

    This is all media hype, the Maine caucus isn't even over, there are several districts and an entire county that will vote on the 18th. I predict another Iowa situation where Romney ends up losing when the final count comes in.

    February 11, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Very courageous, old man. And a total waste of time.

    February 11, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Is this empty suit relevent?

    February 11, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. LukeG.

    Fix the quote. Romney did not say "He does have the money and the organization. He just doesn't have the enthusiasm that I think we have able to get in our crowds, you know, really excited about what he believes in. I think that's his biggest problem. But I would say yes, he is out in front and people are picking away at him. He lost a few but he picked up a little steam today. You have to give him credit for that." So fix it and watch what you put out there. Maybe stop shutting Ron Paul out as much in general.

    February 11, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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