Paul not focusing resources on Florida
January 9th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul not focusing resources on Florida

Stratham, New Hampshire (CNN) – For most Republican candidates Florida's primary is critical.

But Ron Paul is not like most Republican candidates, and he tells CNN that for now, he plans on focusing his resources on caucuses that come after the contest in the Sunshine State.

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"We don't have a big campaign planned there but they'll know we're there and we have the caucus states that we'll be paying more attention to," Paul told CNN in an interview.

Florida was penalized by the Republican National Committee for moving its primary earlier than rules allowed. Its 99 delegates were cut down to 50. Still, Florida is a critically important state for the general election, so what does this say about Paul's efforts to secure the nomination?

"I think it tells you that we are realistic. That's the way we approached Iowa, we did pretty well there, and right now, polls are looking pretty good up here. So I think we're being realistic, we shouldn't be acting like the government and spend money we don't have," Paul said with a chuckle.

Paul's campaign chairman Jesse Benton says their focus after South Carolina's primary on January 21st will be caucus states of Nevada, Louisiana, and Maine, which offer a total of 98 delegates, and where Paul's aides hope to rack up enough to keep their campaign going all the way to the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida.

Even if he doesn't get the nomination, Paul would have significant leverage there in promoting what the messages of his libertarian, anti-interventionist movement.

But Paul also made clear that if he does better than expected here in the Granite State and can raise more cash, his campaign may change course and compete more forcefully in Florida.

"We have to wait and see how things go," Paul told CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    CNN just doesn’t want Ron Paul to Win yesterday evening and late night CNN air abc debate avoid MSNBC debate because MSNBC debate Romney got Hammered.

    January 9, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. diridi

    folks, if you want Romney, read in wall street journal dated 1/9/12 caption "Romney's record at Bain: mixed bag. Of 77 businesses Bain capital investd in from 84-98, while Romney was in charge, 10 produced about 70 percent gain, Four filed bankrupt. This could undermine the Romney's campaign. Read the Article. then you know what kind of guy he is. Shipped jobs overseas for Greed.

    January 9, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. GonzoinHouston

    Will the Paulies please stop with the conspiracy-theory nonsense? They have got some kind of a persecution complex. The media has seen the Ron Paul Show before and they don't see anything new this season. Get a life.

    January 9, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. trick

    Romney not stealing tax payer give away to crony capitalism like obama (solyndra and other green sceme project and etc etc ) all billions GONE

    January 9, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    What? 'Gurmpy old man' is not courting the 'grumpy old people' vote? I guess he doesnt have to 'focus resources' there, cause there are plenty of well-funded, anonymously-controlled Super-PACs that'll do it for him.

    Let the attack ads begin.

    January 9, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. twh

    Ron Paul.....or the same old, same old. smooth-talking, bureaucrats (which lead us to our destruction).

    January 9, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Jason

    Do you still believe that evil doers want to come get you? They are mad because our hummers have been parked on their children's playgrounds for more than 20 years. Some hate us because of the greed and special interests that rule our economy, foreign policies, and military industrial complex which surrounds them. 

    If we continue these preventative wars of peace, looking for trouble, we will probably find it.

    January 9, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Kim

    Honestly, I think he's just doing what he said; he's being realistic. Given that the state of Florida is EXTREMELY conservative, I wouldn't think they would have the wherewithal to elect the smart candidate, Dr. Paul. Floridians LOVE candidates that will blow tax-payer dollars with ease (i.e., Rick Scott), so of course, I wouldn't be surprised if they elect Rick Santorum, in all of his idiocy. However wrong I believe the majority of Floridians are, I will be voting for Dr. Paul.

    January 9, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Avery

    And WHY WOULD Dr. Paul spend a lot of time, energy, and funds campaigning in Florida, a closed-primary, winner take-all delegates by statewide vote where is polling around 10%? That is just not smart and would be a foolish way to use his donor's funds. Basic campaign strategy, which should be obvious to you Dana, is that he is going to focus on caucus states where he can show well, win delegates, and build momentum. The grassroots will be able to capitalize on any momentum from NH and SC in FL and give Dr. Paul a respectable showing while he focuses on WINNING.

    January 9, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Robert

    Go to you tube and search " Ron Paul Mania In New Hampshire And Dana Bash Is No Reporter ".

    January 9, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @vic, nashville – most intelligent people don't want the old man and his ideas of taking the country back to the 60s, 1860s to be exact.
    Read what he has written and said in the past. Take a look at how his son attacks anyone who doesn't agree with their ideas.
    Florida is full of old people like him. Some not as old and he is not going focusing on this state? This guy is scary. He doesn't want big government but we can't live without our government.

    January 9, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |