February 20th, 2008
09:54 AM ET
15 years ago

Paul vows to press on


Watch Ron Paul on American Morning Wednesday.

(CNN) - Despite single digit showings in the Wisconsin and Washington State primaries Tuesday night, Ron Paul told CNN Wednesday he has no plans to drop his presidential bid.

"I will stay in as long as my supporters want me to," the Texas congressman said on American Morning Wednesday. "I was very reluctant to enter the race, didn't think it would last more than a month or two, but to my amazement, we literally got hundreds of thousands of supporters and millions of dollars, and they are still very enthusiastic. And I say as long as the number of volunteers continues to grow, and the money comes in, and there are primaries out there, and they want me to be involved, I am going to stay involved."

Paul, who won 5 percent of the vote in Wisconsin and 7 percent in Washington State, also said he believes his unlikely candidacy has attracted like-minded individuals who want to run for Congress.

"One of my problems now is that I am being overwhelmed with individuals who want to [run] and I have the responsibility of sorting it out because we are capable of raising funds," he said. "So it is a responsibly that will be a significant one for me to make sure I help the candidates that are true believes and not just the ones who want to be in Congress."

Paul announced earlier this month he was scaling back his presidential run to focus on his Texas district and the reelection race he faces there. He also categorically ruled out a third party bid in the future.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Creampuff

    It can never be wrong to fight for an idea that's linked to Freedom, Peace, and Prosperity. This election is going to be remembered as the one that tried to save America from total destruction from within. Ron Paul is the catalyst for this movement and revolution. He will stay in until the Convention in September. Whether he wins or loses the revolution will continue through his supporters and it will grow. If he does not get the nomination I will write him in or not vote at all. To me ALL the other candidates are alike, too liberal for me. Democrats will win in the end, the fix is in already. The Republicans have no real candidate outside of Ron Paul, most of his supporters will write him in if need be. That's a pretty loud statement. You can look forward to a continuation of Bush and Clinton policies, but maybe a little different way of delivering them. Prepare to lose more of your precious Freedoms and Constitutional rights. What God has given us man cannot take away.

    February 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. TheSlush

    It's about the message!

    The people saying Ron Paul should "give up an quit" are missing the point. It was never about winning. It's about holding onto the microphone for as long as possible! This is not driven by one man's ego, it's about spreading the message of limited government. Paul himself repeatedly has said his own campaign is not really even ABOUT himself! (How many other candidates would say that?)

    Animosity toward Paul is in some ways encouraging because it proves he has struck a nerve. Those insisting "there is no revolution" have the tone of someone trying to convince themselves.

    I would have thought a little "also-ran" candidate would be easier to ignore. Hmm...

    February 20, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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