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. Johnny P.

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

    Don't you mean, "'Think he is pretty much there,' PAUL said." Just pointing things out.

    February 11, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Loathstheright

    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.

    February 11, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. James

    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 this, not Romney.

    February 11, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Thomas

    All this hi GOP energy makes me want to watch reruns of the Lawrence Welk Show and take a few shots of Geritol Tonic.

    Ohhh yes.

    February 11, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Jason

    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."

    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.

    February 11, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Flush limballs

    Asa catholic nation YOU must be patriotic and Vote for Newt or Santorum

    February 11, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. abcd

    good stuff!

    February 11, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. floridaOranges

    We still got 16% voting left and the vote count is deflated. Way to jump the gun CNN

    February 11, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. tony

    Only 94 more people voted for Romney over Paul. . . . . . . . . . . doesn't sound like a "Victory" to me

    February 11, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. MRM

    This is pretty poorly written. In the third to last paragraph, it should be "Paul said", not Romney... among others.

    February 11, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. JoeLunchBox123

    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

    February 11, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. az

    Ron Paul– what a class act. No spin– just the truth.

    February 11, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. RON PAUL FOR PREZ!!!!!

    ROn paul you can do it we believe in you!

    February 11, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. My name is Jose Jimenez

    Paul is like a flea on the rump of an elephant. You know he's there, but you just can't swish him away.

    February 11, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Chris Irwin Davis

    "Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. "He does have the money and the organization."

    Did they mean to write "Paul said"?

    February 11, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. J Jones

    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.

    February 11, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Kong

    Vote was a fraud. Romney should have lose!

    February 11, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. JimAR

    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.

    February 11, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Peter Peirce

    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.

    February 11, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. B

    Ron Paul should insist on a recount. Remember Iowa ?

    February 11, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. Terence

    Edit "Romney said" to read "Paul said of Romney".
    Paul sounds even better in print.

    February 11, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Gavin

    In the third last paragraph, you quote Romney but I think it is Paul talking about Romney

    February 11, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. T Mo

    Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. - Is that a typo and supposed to be a Paul quote?

    February 11, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. BlackDynamite

    Obama will tear Romney apart

    Somewhere, Obama smiles.......
    BD

    February 11, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  25. James

    Unbelievable editing and grammar in this article. My favorite part:

    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.

    February 12, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
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