What's next for Ron Paul
January 11th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
11 years ago

What's next for Ron Paul


Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Fresh of his strong second place showing in New Hampshire, Ron Paul's campaign charted a path Wednesday to try to keep momentum going, which includes spending big money in South Carolina.

Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton told CNN they plan to spend about $1 million in South Carolina, which is a significant amount in a state where television advertising isn't all that expensive.

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Benton said in addition to television and radio ads, they have also started their direct mail operation in the Palmetto State.

Paul talked to CNN exclusively as he was learning of his second place Granite State finish, and said he expected it to fuel more fundraising for his campaign.

"I bet you will see a lot of enthusiasm which will give me encouragement. And when the supporters get enthusiastic they usually go ahead and start another money bomb," Paul told CNN.

Paul's aides admitted his organization in Iowa and New Hampshire has far exceeded the campaign organization in South Carolina and beyond. But they also hope his impressive finish in both of the first two contests will spur grassroots growth.

Earlier this week, Paul told CNN he would not focus on Florida, the next big primary state, because of the high cost of competing there.

"It tells you we are realistic," Paul said.

"I think at this stage we shouldn't be acting like the government and spend money we don't have."

Another reason: the winner of Florida's primary takes all 50 of the states delegates, unlike other states this time around, which dole out delegates proportional to the candidates' wins.

But following Paul's strong second in New Hampshire, Benton said they may reconsider that. He suggested the Florida GOP may change its winner-take-all rules.

Yet Florida Republican Party spokesman Brian Hughes said they have no plans to reconsider the state's delegate allocation.

"We are committed to our rules – winner-take-all for our 50 delegates," Hughes said.

Paul's campaign said it plans on competing hard in smaller, upcoming caucus states like Nevada, Louisiana and Maine.

Even if Romney is unstoppable as the GOP nominee, Paul and his aides made clear he intends to keep his campaign going, perhaps all the way to the convention. The more delegates he can rack up, the more leverage he would have to integrate key messages of his libertarian, anti-interventionist movement into the Republican Party platform.

"That sounds like a lot of fun," Paul told CNN's John King USA recently, calling it a potential "way for me to promote the things I believe in, and that is a political action."

"So yes, if we have something to say who knows, they might even have something in the platform that says, maybe we ought to look at the Federal Reserve and maybe we ought to reconsider and not going to war unless we have a declaration of war, which is very, very popular with the American people," Paul said.

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soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Buster Bloodvessel

    "Most Anti-Ron Paul comments have the most atrocious spelling, even with spell check!–Very Telling!"

    It's called spellcheck, and you shouldn't have capitalized Anti or Telling or put the dash between 'check!" and "Very." I can see a few things wrong with your attempt to hang the Albatross of Ignorance around the necks of those your Fearless Leader has deemed his enemies, like the inconvenient fact that a lot of brilliant mathematicians can't spell either. I think Dr. Paul is a sour old loser and a disgrace to the philosophy of Libertarianism, and I also think most of his ideas are more radical than his shallow followers can comprehend. And yes, I AM taunting you by capitalizing correctly. Get over it.

    January 11, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Buster Bloodvessel

    "Ron Paul's young supporters have been inhaling too much illegal substances to think that he can pass the conservative family values purity test to win the GOP/Tea Party nomination." I think he owns some of the Tea Party groups, so no problem.

    January 11, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "What's next for Ron Paul"

    Sundowning and his daily Namenda.

    January 11, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I like Ron Paul because; 1. He’s against sending troops to the Purple Heart factories, i.e. senseless conflicts. (Not using the term 'war' as we haven't declared war since WWII). 2. He’s for bringing the troops home. Let those other countries spend the money and use their people to defend themselves, we’re broke. 3. He's against the fed who’s been harvesting the wealth of the nation via the boom and bust cycles. 4. He’s a realist who doesn’t sugar coat the truths with double speak. Semper Fi

    January 11, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. 19321964

    I like Ron Paul because; 1. He’s against sending troops to the Purple Heart factories, i.e. senseless conflicts. (Not using the term 'war' as we haven't declared war since WWII). 2. He’s for bringing the troops home. Let those other countries spend the money and use their people to defend themselves, we’re broke. 3. He's against the fed who’s been harvesting the wealth of the nation via the boom and bust cycles. 4. He’s a realist who doesn’t sugar coat the truths with double speak. Semper Fi

    January 11, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. sergeant castle

    Did you know Carl Rove and Dick Cheney just endorsed Rommney? If that isnt enough reason to vote for someone ELSE besides Rommney I do not know what is.

    What this country and this world cannot afford is another candidate claiming to be a moderate conservative that turns out to be another closet Bush neocon. This is one of the many reasons why RP gets my vote. I would rather have "half-crazy" RP with a consistent voting record rather than some "full-crazy" religious neocon.

    January 11, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Reasonably

    News flash: Paul gets lambasted by Cultists in the Bible Belt who only want someone in power who can lead their flock to victory...

    January 11, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. anon

    Yes, Ron Paul is the best one for the job by far. Many condemn his desire to repeal the civil rights act, and call him racist. This is ridiculous. He is absolutely right in that NO ONE has the right to tell an employer who they can or cannot hire, or even who can eat at their restaurant. If the public doesn't approve of the values of a business man, then they should BOYCOTT the business OUT of business. That is how it is done, and not with govt. interference.

    If we the people aren't willing to do something ourselves about things we don't approve of, then we deserve what we get!!

    January 11, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    The Florida winner does not get 56 delegates this time. Only gets 20.

    January 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. MN Mom

    I heartily agree with Ron Paul on foreign policy, however, on everything else he is horrible and would take this country backwards! Paul throws around the word "liberty" like crazy, but the fact is when you find out what his non-foreign policy beliefs are you won't want that kind of "liberty." Freedom from healthcare, freedom from affordable education, freedom from common public spaces like parks and libraries, freedom from a clean environment, freedom from product safety standards, etc., is not the kind of freedom people want and that is what Paul has to offer. He is just an anti-government, anti-regulation fanatic who happens to have a great foreign policy stance. What we need is a true progressive Democrat - they have basically the same foreign policy stance as Paul, but actually are for Americans coming together for the common good (done through our government as the founders intended) to move our country forward. OBAMA 2012 (he is not a true progressive, but he is the best choice we have right now)

    January 11, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Bill

    We'll remember him as our "crazy Uncle Ron" and wish him a happy life. He'd be a fun neighbor to swap crazy ideas over a beer with or maybe a great chatty bagger at the grocery with all his anecdotes and unusual social solutions. Too bad he wasn't around when the founding fathers were designing our nation...maybe some of his stuff might have been used, but he's too late with his rad approach to handling the 21st century world problems.

    January 11, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Larry L

    @Scott Lord

    "I also love phrases that get posted, like no government – what a kooky statement. Ron Paul is for states' rights, and restricted federal government. This is like when people call his foreign policy isolationism, which is far from it. Notrh Korea is isolationist, not a Ron Paul America."
    Ron Paul's supporters are attracted to his overly simplistic message. He won't fight unnecessary wars. Great idea – and something the other Republicans should learn. But to suggest we can disengage with our military relationship across the globe is to suggest that somehow our interests will be defended without our contribution. As long as we depend of oil we'll need to keep shipping lanes open. We also live in a global economy and our foreign trade arrangements are critical to sustainment of our economy. Part of our ability to protect trade is our military capability.

    Paul over-simplifies other complex situations as well. The infrastructure of America depends on a federal capability to manage highway, bridges, harbors, waterways and other projects "too big" for the states. We control millions of acres of federal lands – parks and wilderness areas enjoyed by all Americans and contributing significantly to our standard of living. Paul would relinguish control of these lands to states where they would be quickly exploited by politicians bought and paid for by industry. Environmental protection is yet another area Paul would leave to the states. How much protection do you think Rick Perry would give Texans from the oil industry he's been doing lap dances for? Do you think pollution is contained by state or national boundaries? What about the Department of Commerce? Who will negotiate complex trade agreements with trade partners around the world? How about Social Security and Medicare? Do you trust private industry to do the right thing for citizens? Paul does... The States? You can call Paul a Libertarian – but he's an anarchist. You can say he believes in non-intervention – but he's an isolationist.

    January 11, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. sleuth51

    Voters who want wars, torture, assassinations, "humanitarian" bombings in oil rich countries, indefinite detentions, drone attacks that kill the innocent, erosion of civil liberties, domestic war on the people (drug war), out-of-control debt and spending, graft and greed, crony capitalism, pandering to special interests, bailouts, more of the same, must NOT vote for Ron Paul.

    Voters who want peace, a humane foreign policy, restoration of civil liberties, an end to the war on drugs, sound money, balanced budgets, honesty, integrity and transparency in government, and a President wholly committed to Constitutional government can vote for Ron Paul.

    Ain't that difficult a choice.

    January 11, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Tom L.

    You really need to look up the definition of "isolationism" because you clearly don't understand its meaning. Ron Paul encourages free trade with other countries so therefore he does not want to "isolate" our country.

    January 11, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Hamlinian News Network Staff

    The last 3 Presidents got 2nd in New Hampshire, so that's a good sign. And this is ending in three ways. 1: Romney gets the nomination, Paul goes home to Texas. Disgruntled Ron Paul supporters stay home or write him in, Obama secures the Presidency. 2: Romney gets the nomination, Ron Paul runs 3rd Party, splits up GOP vote, Obama secures Presidency. 3: Ron Paul gets the nomination, scrapes up GOP, registered libertarians, independents, disgruntled Dems and the "anyone but Obama crowd", Paul secures the Presidency for GOP, America is saved. Or there is a fourth, Gingrich secures the Presidency and eats America. It's your decision America, make a wise choice. Ron Paul for the win, don't let Romney bankrupt us or Gingrich eat us. God Bless America.

    January 11, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. liquidify

    Love Ron Paul. He is the man. I wish him great things. I will not vote for another neocon like Romney. It is either Paul or Gary Johnson or bust.

    January 11, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. dan

    Get ready. This country is going to a commodities backed currency. When the dollar goes to zero gold, silver, or something like this will become a medium of exchange. When that day comes I am going to crack open a cool one and say Ron Paul warned you people about this.

    January 11, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |

    The only candidate who has the right bold ideas is Ron Paul and, only Ron Paul can beat Obama.

    If, Ron Paul gets the GOP nomination: Ron Paul gets the following voters:

    (A) 2008 Obama voters who thought they were going to get 'Change'
    (B) 2008 Obama voters who voted to end the wars.
    (C) The VAST majority of the Independent vote,
    (D) The entire GOP voting block who dislikes Obama enough to vote for Ron Paul instead.
    (E) Ron Paul supporters coming out to vote in DROVESand, a machine like no other for the General Elections! (No other candidate can compete against Obama's machine but Ron Paul! Wake Up People!)
    (F) Same-sex couples who want to be set free.
    (G) Democratic, disillusioned Anti-Drug war voters.
    (H) Libertarians.
    (I) Youth Vote (Obama has lost them to Ron Paul but, if RP does not get the nomination, they will go back to Obama)

    Also, keep in mind, that the Independents have the largest voting block in this country. Republicans and Democrats are the minorities. For the GOP to attack the only candidate on the GOP ticket that can beat Obama is truly insane!

    The GOP did not learn anything from 2008. They keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results! Only idiots do that!

    Listen up MINORITY GOP...If, you do not get behind Ron Paul, YOU WILL get 4 more years of Obama! GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!

    No Ron Paul supporter will vote for any other GOP Candidate. Independents will go back to Obama as will the disenfranchised Democrats and the youth vote!

    The GOP Establishment and the MSM are digging their owns graves and will permanently destroy the GOP for good! Maybe thats not a bad thing since they have their heads where the sun don't shine!

    January 11, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Terry Lucas

    I find it unbelievable that Ron Paul pushing the CONSTITUTION was called "scarey", especially since Obama just signed a bill into law that effectively puts us, as american citizens, under "marshall law". WOW, now THAT is scarey. Since when have americans become afraid of their Constitution??? Last election the liberal media ignored him and this time they paint him as "scarey" because he wants to have our government follow our CONSTITUTION.........what is wrong with this picture???? As to those who say Florida is full of "old people" who want to continue the war mongering......are you serious?.....I am an "old people" (though I do NOT live in Florida) and I want to ask who here wants to have our Constitution lead us and who here wants the "business as usual' glossy, stepford candidate?

    January 11, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. CaptainKnow

    Many of Ron Paul's supporters will vote Libertarian because they will most likely have Gov. Gary Johnson as their candidate who has very similar positions as Paul's. People keep saying that these young supporters will vote for Obama. Why? That is absurd. They won't vote for Romney, why should they vote for Obama? The Democrats are not for ending our overseas wars. The Democrats are not for legalizing marijuana. The Democrats are not for ending the social security system. The Democrats are not for serious spending reductions. However, the Libertarians are and so is Gary Johnson.
    so, it is really an insult to the intelligence and integrity of the young people - and people of all ages - who support Ron Paul, to say we're going to defect to the Obama camp. That is pure garbage. I'm a Libertarian and proud of it.

    January 11, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. FatherLiberty

    Ron Paul is exactly what every President and representative is supposed to be... a representative who supports the oath they took to the Constitution. Unfortunately, most Americans today seem to call that "radical" and then wonder why our country is in economic ruins, why our rights are constantly being eroded, and why all our jobs have disappeared. Paul is the only actual conservative on the stage. Plus, Paul has received over 70 percent of all donations from active military, more then all the other candidates combined, including Obama. You wanna talk about support the troops??? There is your answer. Why continue listening to the same media figures that have consistently lied, repeatedly provided and reported on incorrect information, and helped support the very politicians that have made the policy decisions that landed us in the position we are in?

    January 11, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. jake

    RON PAUL 2012

    January 12, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I see no difference between Romney's policies and the failed policies of the last 30 years. We need change real change that you won't get from Romney. Look at Romney's top 10 campaign contributors Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley plus more banks. Romney will not be working for you the people. I guarantee that.
    I want real change, I want Ron Paul 2012

    January 12, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
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