Paul skipping primary night in Florida
January 23rd, 2012
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul skipping primary night in Florida

(CNN) - Want more proof Rep. Ron Paul is looking past Florida to February's contests? Well, here it is.

While the Republican presidential candidate and longtime congressman from Texas will attend both of the GOP debates being held in Florida this week (including a CNN debate on Thursday night in Jacksonville), Paul won't be in the Sunshine State on primary day, January 31.

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Instead the Paul campaign tells CNN the candidate will be in Nevada and Colorado. Nevada is next up after Florida in primary and caucus calendar, holding its caucuses on February 4.

Colorado's caucuses come three days later, on February 7. Minnesota and Missouri also hold contests the same day.

The Paul campaign told CNN last Friday that they also won't go up with TV commercials in the Sunshine State. With its multiple and more costly markets, Florida is an expensive state to run campaign ads. Instead Paul's going up with spots in Nevada and Minnesota.

Fifty delegates are up for grabs in Florida, but it's a winner-take-all state and Paul's campaign feels the can better spend their resources in February's early caucus states, where they think they have a better chance to pick up delegates.

Paul finished third in Iowa's January 3 caucuses, a strong second in New Hampshire's January 10 primary, and last in Saturday's South Carolina primary.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. hum-dinger

    Ron Paul is an American re-founding father. Those that do not like home are told to by the media at the end of the day obama will be known as the one that signed NDAA and Paul as the one who fought for you. No other way to interpret that. And romney is steered by the same as obama ie. goldman sachs.

    January 23, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. jb

    stupid FL lost 50 delegates by moving the date up.

    Florida should have had 100 delegates...LOL

    FLORIDA VOTES GET SCREWED AGAIN.... just like IOWA's fake numbers...LOL

    IOWA has 8 prechints that will not get counted.... RP i'm sure got ripped off there.

    January 23, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. anon

    He's genious for not bothering much with Texas. Campaign over? Appearantly we have a bunch of idiots buying news medias key words. It's the moneyball ticket. He doesn't need ur vote. He just needs more electoral college votes. He can win the presidency with 22% of the vote from the people. You have to take the small states. Obama did this last time. Bush won with less American votes by taking the electoral college. See the small states count as more than a big state. For example, 1 Wyoming vote is equal to 4 califorians votes because of the dumb system we have. Since he knows the media will avoid him, and manipulate the people, rigged polls and primaries can't stop this plan. It's simply a numbers game. The small states have far more power than the big ones. All hr has to do it get 51% of the 538 electoral college votes then 22% of the American vote and he wins

    January 23, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Mike S. New Orleans

    Shhhh..... Paul and his supporters still think he's going to win. Don't tell them the truth, okay?

    January 23, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. mike

    who cares!!!! Paul is a distraction to this primary...nothing more. He is like the New York Mets of campaigns. Keeps coming in third and fourth.

    January 23, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Chris

    Shhhh..... Newt / Romney and their supporters still think they are going to win. Don't tell them the truth, okay?

    January 23, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Johnny

    One thinig that Ron Paul is very consistant about is not occuring debt, and not spending more than you have. In every one of his election campaigns, he has never ended a campaign in debt. If he doesn't have the funds, he does not spend them. Unlike evry other candidate, who will "suspend" thier campaign so they can work off thier debt. Paul sees that Florida is expensive and has the winner take all system, so it's not cost effective to campaign there. Let Gingrich, Romney and Santorium spend thier money there, Paul will continue to get delegates in other states where he feels competitive.

    Also it is fairly rare in the modern era, but we might actually have a multiple spilt delegation with no clear majority at the convention this year. And if that is the case, look out! Paul's delegates will be rock solid behind him, while the rest may lean one way or another. Primaries only win delegates. The delegates themselves make the final vote on who leads the party.

    January 23, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Ron Paul will be a factor in the Republican primary you all just wait and see. After Super Tuesday, and the California/Texas primaries, Dr. Paul will get his message heard. And whoever said that only young people support and will vote for him is a fool. It's people like you that stereotype and want to vote for chumps that want to take away our civil liberties is the reason why this country is in a downward spiral. Wake up before it's too late! This Mexican-American is voting for Ron Paul 2012.

    January 23, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. WhereIsPalin

    If the guy had run as a Libertarian, the GOP wouldn't have to worry about his vocal cult members. Dr Quack and his followers are irrevlevant.

    January 23, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Tex71

    It is time for Paul to separate his campaign from the GOP who will never nominate him, and run as an independent! This way all the non-religious far-right and anti-government wackjobs will separate their votes from the religious far-right big-government corporate-bootlicking wackjobs.

    January 23, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Max

    Ron Paul supports freedom for all and a constrained central government, a concept foreign to many. He appeals to young voters because we know he is a difference maker who is ready to change the entitled/debt crazed generations of the past. The only ones naysaying Paul are the ones responsible for our current state of the Union.

    January 23, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Irish Chris

    Ron Paul will do fine. It is only 50 delegates and not 25 like 'Corey K' was pretty sure it was. Corey K got the fact that Florida lost 1/2 of their delegates for moving thier primary, he just got the numbers wrong. That's ok, that's why we kicked the GOP out of ht eWhitehouse in the first place 😉

    January 23, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. techgump

    Shhhh..... don't tell the Republicans, but it they don't get Ron Paul as the candidate, Obama will win.

    January 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. z

    good desicion, florida would be a wase of money for him. theres not enough people in the state anyway who have woken up to reality. if we don't solve our debt problems soon, we will all be jobless and the dollar will be worthless, he has also already stated that he is against ndaa and sopa. ginrich has not said his position and romney supports ndaa.

    January 23, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. 44 yrs old

    Not just young citizens are voting for Ron Paul.

    January 23, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Jay

    Nobody by Ron Paul gets my vote. If I have to write him in so be it. If that means 4 more years of Obummer - so be it. I wouldn't trust Romney with a potato gun let alone the free pass of a Presidency. I certainly wouldn't trust Newt Getrich not to be in the pocket of lobbiests. And the loss of rights Satan-orium poses scares me.

    January 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    He's being ignored by the wingnuts again (like 2008), so why bother? These teabaggers actually have Lizard on the move now. That has to be driving Ron Paul crazy. He won't play the radical extremist role they love.

    January 23, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. bob

    Wait, So the Dr. isnt going to wastefully spend his supporters money on a 25 delegate state that is winner take all? OMG wise fiscal responsibility!

    January 23, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. ShawnDH

    So what's Wackadoodle Dandy Ron Paul wasting everybody's time on today?

    January 23, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Just make it up

    As always him and his followers will complain that they get no press coverage... then say that he actually was in Florida... and then have something happen that will get him free publicity highlighting how all our civil liberties are at risk... OH wait... they already did that today when Rand set off the metal detector then refused to be patted down at the airport. It is all over twitter..... surprise!!!

    January 23, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Gurgi

    Ron Paul is looking better and better all the time. All I know is I am not better off than 3 years ago, my health insurance went up, but it wasn't supposed to, and my paycheck is approsimately $300 less each month due to the higher taxes that were not supposed to happen!!! More examples of the democrats "trickle up poverty."

    January 23, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    There is one good thing that can be said about Ron Paul (in addition to all of his comments that make me wonder if he is using Herbert Hoover's reelection guide from 1932 and Wendell Wilkie's election guide for 1940). At least he served in the Armed forces, which is more than the three remaining draft-dodgers can say. OK, maybe Santorum was too young for the draft, but he still could have served the country instead of serving himself or representing Vince and Linda McMahon as a lawyer for the WWE.

    January 23, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Dixie Independent voter

    Ron Paul is not a fool. I like some of his ideas - closing some Military bases overseas. But many of his ideas will never get through Congress. Candidates of all parties make big promises that never even make the floor of Congress.

    January 23, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Floridian

    Florida for Ron Paul! Just imagine how powerful he'd be if the media didn't constantly ignore and put him down. If they didn't, most of the other candidates would be seriously screwed.

    January 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Grand Oil Party

    Best move he could make. Way to many foreign special interests in FL for Paul to win over with his idea of ending foreign aid and closing military bases overseas. If he doesn't win the nomination, I hope he runs as an independent. He would be a great reminder to both parties about real solutions to some tough problems. Not that I agree with his platform, but cutting needless defense spending is the fastest way to cut the deficit without hurting too many Americans. I think if we cut defense and aid the way he proposes and raise taxes on the rich the way Obama wants to, and we raise the Social Security and Medicare age we can get the debt under control in under ten years. The benefits of which would be substantial for all Americans – the dollar would be worth a lot more so everybody wins.

    January 23, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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