(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.
"Think he is pretty much there," Romney said.
Don't you mean, "'Think he is pretty much there,' PAUL said." Just pointing things out.
Oh great, now the Paulbots will be energised for another couple of weeks. Get over it, wRONg Paul will never be president, even Republicans aren't stupid enough to vote for him.
Paul said this, not Romney.
All this hi GOP energy makes me want to watch reruns of the Lawrence Welk Show and take a few shots of Geritol Tonic.
Um... Sounds like Paul said this... but it's quoted as Romney??? And the grammar is off and front quotation mark is missing. Get some sleep, CNN! You're getting sloppy. This can wait until Monday.
Asa catholic nation YOU must be patriotic and Vote for Newt or Santorum
We still got 16% voting left and the vote count is deflated. Way to jump the gun CNN
Only 94 more people voted for Romney over Paul. . . . . . . . . . . doesn't sound like a "Victory" to me
This is pretty poorly written. In the third to last paragraph, it should be "Paul said", not Romney... among others.
Shake things up and Vote for Ron Paul. Give him a chance. He couldnt screw things up any worse than anyone else. A protest for change
Ron Paul– what a class act. No spin– just the truth.
ROn paul you can do it we believe in you!
Paul is like a flea on the rump of an elephant. You know he's there, but you just can't swish him away.
"Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. "He does have the money and the organization."
Did they mean to write "Paul said"?
I'll tell you what, Ron Paul is a gracious guy because there's a lot more that he could say than that. Like how the caucus was delayed in Washington County because of a "snow storm" that never happened.. I'm sure at some point in the future Paul will be officially acknowledged as the winner of Maine, but by then it will have lost what it might have otherwise had. Paul knows what is going on but yet he remains calm about it. I couldn't do it.
Vote was a fraud. Romney should have lose!
Ron Paul needs to bring out his views on WWII, that America should never have gotten involved in that war. There will be millions of folks in the U.S. who don't have relatives who died in that war to save Western Civilization from the Nazis who will be happy to vote for him.
Someone needs to go through and edit this post. The third paragraph from the bottom, you put "Romney said." Paul said that, not Romney. And you're missing your first quotation.
Ron Paul should insist on a recount. Remember Iowa ?
Edit "Romney said" to read "Paul said of Romney".
Paul sounds even better in print.
In the third last paragraph, you quote Romney but I think it is Paul talking about Romney
Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. - Is that a typo and supposed to be a Paul quote?
Obama will tear Romney apart
Somewhere, Obama smiles.......
Unbelievable editing and grammar in this article. My favorite part:
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.