Team Paul explains new strategy
May 15th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Team Paul explains new strategy

(CNN) – Despite the announcement he will not channel campaign resources into upcoming primary states, Ron Paul is scheduled to make campaign stops and plans to build upon his delegate count, according to his campaign.

On Tuesday, Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said the Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman is slated to speak at the Minnesota state convention this weekend and at the Texas convention in June, while also engaging in other speaking opportunities.

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Although Paul has not suspended his campaign, Benton acknowledged Romney will likely capture the Republican nomination, but said it is still too early for a potential endorsement of the Massachusetts governor.

"At this point that's still premature because Dr. Paul is still a candidate," Benton said on a conference call with reporters. "I would never say never. I do not believe that that is likely, but you know we don't deal in absolutes and close everything out. Dr. Paul is willing to listen."

On Monday, Paul's campaign said it would shift its focus from upcoming primary states to securing delegates ahead of the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.

Going forward, Benton said the three-time White House hopeful will continue pushing his message and offer assistance to his supporters and delegates.

Paul has the backing of 112 delegates, according to the most recent CNN estimate. Benton said Team Paul hopes to increase that count and remains optimistic they may still capture additional delegates in Washington, Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa.

Benton said the Paul and Romney campaigns have participated in "a couple of conference calls," during which the Romney camp indicated they would consider some language representative of Paul's stances, including on reforms to the Federal Reserve, indefinite detention and internet freedom.

Paul's campaign had $1.8 million cash on hand as of April 1 and Benton said the campaign's fundraising via mail and the internet has remained "strong." The campaign will continue fundraising, including through one of their signature Money Bomb's on May 17, funds from which will go toward convention and delegate efforts, Benton said.

As for a speaking role at the Republican convention in August, Benton said there has not been a discussion of a speech to date.

Throughout Tuesday's conference call Benton pushed for Paul supporters, who are known for their enthusiastic tactics, to remain respectful as they act as surrogates for the candidate, particularly at the August convention. He also painted the next months as an opportunity to set the stage for other "liberty candidates" in the future.

"We are emphasizing decorum and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure to work with our supporters, to make sure that decorum and respect are the name of the game and that dominates our playbook," Benton said. "Moving forward we're going to become an even stronger voice in the party."


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  1. Orchid333

    Good for him! This move should tell you how against-the-grain Paul is and that if he were miraculously elected, there would be some serious changes. He said he wouldn't drop out and he's standing by it, even when Santorum and Newt said the same things... but as typical politicians, they backed out and threw their support (and delegates) behind a guy they don't believe in. Good for you, Mr. Paul, good for you.

    May 15, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ron Paul is getting a delegate count for one reason, his bigot Tea Party son who hates anyone who doesn't agree with him, and it's proven he especially minorities. We don't need his kind and he will never be President of this U.S.

    May 15, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ron Paul is getting a delegate count for one reason, his bigot Tea Party son who hates anyone who doesn't agree with him, and it's proven he especially hates minorities. We don't need his kind and he will never be President of this U.S.

    May 15, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Delegates? What delegates?
    @caconservative, you would NOT believe how important parasites are in getting rid of those nasty tea tards! And trolls are quite cute if I may say so.
    A CA conservative is that like Survivor Island Colton who is a very gay angrynman living in southern AL and he is teapublikan? That makes so much sense!
    Thankyew!! :)

    May 15, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. California Conservative

    You liberals keep talking about irrelevant issues. You're so good at that.

    Rudy NYC – By the time Obama's out of office in Jan. it will be $6 Trillion. You still using liberal math?

    May 15, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. California Conservative

    The OWS terrorists are thick on this site

    May 15, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    I saw my first Ron Paul sticker on a truck yesterday and I must say I was truly surprised. What a waste of paper.

    Throughout Tuesday's conference call Benton pushed for Paul supporters, who are known for their enthusiastic tactics, to remain respectful as they act as surrogates for the candidate, particularly at the August convention.

    I don't think I could support a candidate who talked to me as if I were a child. How old are his supporters that they have to be told this? It sure makes you wonder.

    May 15, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    Paul may have, like totally, 200 delegates by August. Viva la Ron Paul Revolution!

    May 15, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. ditty1991

    obama – bend forward, do you even know how the election process works? ron paul won the most delegates in maine, navada, iowa, minnesota, luisiana, washington, colorodo, missouri, Oklahoma, and probably more. the delegate process has been around for a while, nothing new. Dont say its cheating because anybody can become a delegate.

    May 15, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    I'm sure Mr. Paul is a nice enough guy if you're white. But I'm not and I wouldn't vote for his racist, redneck, over the hill azz if he were the only one on the ballot. And if the younger generation likes him, we are not moving forward but backward. It's time to get all of these angry rednecks out of office and start judging people on their merit and not color. But that's a long way to go, probably not even in my lifetime, especially if young people support this old neck.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 15, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. You heard it worst on CNN

    Why would the media report Paul is stepping out after two major upset victories in Arizona and Oklahoma this weekend? Sort of makes one wonder where exactly the AP gets its info from. ah hem, drudge report. Paul and his team are in it to win it folks!!! DESPITE Romneys apparent ownership of the corporate main stream media. The Missouri RNC state convention is comming right up!!! I'm a seated delegate, I'm going to be there for sure and I am voting to send Ron Pauls people to Tampa in September!!!! I can't wait!!! RON PAUL 2012!!!

    May 15, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    NO matter the outcome of any deal with RP, don't worry.. the repugs will renege on it.. .just like they have on the debt deal. they can't wait for the next crisis for more Grand Obstructionist Party grandstanding and free air time for the maggots.

    May 15, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Tex71

    Team Paul revealed Tuesday that the candidate hopes to regain the lead in the Republican primary with a bold new platform which would put America back on the path to traditional values. "We are extremely excited about using Ancient Mesopotamia as a model for America's future," said a staffer who wishes to remain anonymous. "Things were better back then – life was simpler. We had ziggurats, and Priest-Kings, and all kinds of neat stuff. Those Mesopotamians knew how to deal with bipartisanship, too," the source added. "If you stepped out of line, they would build a roaring fire inside a giant brass idol and throw you in. So nobody would really want to disagree with the Priest-King. Most people were illiterate slaves anyway, and they were too busy to cause trouble with all of this class warfare nonsense."

    May 15, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. ditty1991

    data driven = another mindless sheep. probably thinks the cnn/fox/abc etc.. delegate count is 100% accurate.

    May 15, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Raymond H Carlson

    Oklahoma City bombing was an obvious “FALSE FLAG OPERATION! THE “ATTACKS” ON 9/11/2001 WERE A “FALSE FLAG OPERATION"! Each time the C.I.A./F.E.M.A. GOVERNMENT does a “FALSE FALG OPERATION” it GETS BIGGER! what is “NEXT”??? It will most likely be a BIO-HOLOCAUST and a subsequent NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST to completely annihilate the UNITED STATES and MASS-”MURDER” ABOUT 330,000,000 UNITED STATES CITIZENS! This is “RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER”! Therefore, EVERYONE should be intelligent, creative, and "LEGAL" in dealing with the CURRENT C.I.A./F.E.M.A. GOVERNMENT!

    When there is lack of the necessary “FUNDS,” there needs to be creativity and intelligence! There needs to be more volunteers going “door to door” and getting the VOTE, while completely EXPOSING THE TRUTH ABOUT MITT ROMNEY AND ALL THIS “VOTER FRAUD”!

    Now, what are WE GOING TO DO????? Mitt Romney is the “FAILSAFE” FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER “AGENDA” (mass-genocide of the WORLD’S POPULATION by well over 90% (up to 98% or maybe 100%); therefore, if either Mitt Romney WINS or the illegitimate C.I.A. OPERATIVE Barack H. Obama (C.I.A. GIVEN NAME) WINS, WE ARE ALL “DEAD” (“EVIDENCE” WITHIN COMMENTS BELOW)! DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE N.D.A.A. ACT; and all THE F.E.M.A. DEATH CAMPS (about 1000 +) are on 72 hour notice to be fully staffed and operational, upon a MAJOR “FALSE FLAG OPERATION” (BIO, NUCLEAR, or possibly CHEMICAL)! To boot, there was all this “VOTER FRAUD” that occurred in almost all the States that Mitt Romney had “supposedly” won!!!!!!!! WHOMEVER CAN MUST CHALLENGE THE VOTES IN ANY QUESTIONABLE STATE THAT MITT ROMNEY HAS WON!!!!!!! HELP BEV HARRIS (BLACK BOX VOTING) FIND, EXPOSE, AND CHALLENGE THE “VOTER FRAUD”!!!!!!!! RON PAUL NEEDS TO GET BACK IN THE RACE!!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @California Conservative – By the time Obama's out of office in Jan. it will be $6 Trillion. You still using liberal math?
    ------------------------
    that's GREAT math BTW. That's only another $1T added over the next four years! You were talking Jan 2016 right... ??

    May 15, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. ESCARGOT

    what matters is that the elected are for the safety and financial security of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! START CHECKING CREDINTIALS BUT GET THE TRASH OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

    May 15, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. ditty1991

    @wakeuppeople, he wants equal rights for all individuals, regardless of his beliefs (i doubt hes racist). for example, hes highly against gay marrage (because of his religion) but believes they should have a way to be married under the state. HE DOES NOT PUT HIS BELIEFS BEFORE LIBERTY!!!

    May 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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