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. MD for RP 2012!

    Pretty dumb to say Ron Paul's campaign is finished when Newt and Frothy aren't even on the ballot in some states...

    January 23, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Death to Sycophants

    The way some of you posters act, Ron Paul has been secretly sneaking around the country and kicking your dogs, stealing your mail and getting your daughters pregnant.

    Your senses of proportion are extremely confused.

    And yes, I cast my NH R vote for Ron Paul.

    January 23, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. clarke

    Paul just wants to get his message out there and plant seeds with the younger people. I think he is a smart man, a little over the edge at times but smart.

    January 23, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "and my paycheck is approsimately $300 less each month due to the higher taxes that were not supposed to happen!!!"

    Which of your taxes specifically went up? Otherwise, I call BS on our proven liar.

    January 23, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Paul my have great supporters who are loud. The problem is that they don't go to the polls and vote. If they voted in the number in any proportion to their appearance in the campaign rallies, Paul would have won at least one contest by now, but he fails because his supporters are all talk and no vote!

    January 23, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. bookworm

    It is not just the younger people who have been inspired by Dr. Paul. FINALLY, an honest politician who has the courage and integrity to stand up for what he believes in and actually cares about our country and its people. I haven't voted in years because it's always been a choice between bad or worse. But I will this year. Ron Paul has my vote.

    January 23, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. ShawnDH

    Gurgi: Your federal taxes have NOT been raised. You're lying. You really need to be honest and educate yourself about how Reagan's disastrous "trickle down" economics has destroyed the US middle class. If your "trickle up poverty" nonsense were true, why are the rich exponentially richer? Stop relying on lies and proven-dead-wrong ideology to make points, and stop votong against your own interests by voting Republican. They don't care about you.

    January 23, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Enzo Brigantti

    Seeing as Florida is neocon country (no wonder the state is a shadow of its former self), Paul did the right move...

    January 23, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Ever notice how people for Ron Paul make a well laid out argument, and people against him sound like an ignorant person or worse yet a child arguing for no reason but to argue?

    January 23, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Lindsey

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who has a plan to fix the United States. And also, count me among those that have never used pot that want Ron Paul to win. It is ridiculous for those people on this site to make the assumption that people are voting for him because of his stance on marijuana. I also live in Florida and understand his decision not to spend a lot of money here. He simply doesn't think it would be worth it and he won't borrow it. (What a novel idea- not overspending!) That is exactly the biggest thing wrong with Washington right now!

    January 23, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. J Jones

    Those of you calling Dr. Paul a "distraction" to the campaign is laughable. He is fighting for YOUR rights people! The other candidates are the distraction, distracting everyone from the real issues so that they can continue to talk in little sound bites instead of suggesting ANY solutions to our problems. Dr. Paul is the only one proposing solutions, and he's a distraction? WAKE UP!! Sorry he's getting in the way of the liars and corrupt individuals that some of you seem to prefer for some reason. How horrible of him! The others are only trying to get elected and the sheep want someone who they are told is "electable", but they are missing the point: What's the point of getting elected if you're not going to do anything once you're elected?? Ask yourself that! Paul is the only candidate who would actually try and do something!

    January 23, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Comments4U

    Another smart move of Picking your battles (just like his foreign and Monetary Policy) Winner Gets All in Florida. Why blow a wad of cash with less than 25% odds of winning? I'm guessing Ron Paul Doesn't buy lottery tickets either.

    January 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Florida Voter

    @Gurgi: Your taxes went up in the last three years? Baloney. I own a small business, and my federal taxes have gone down since Obama took office. STOP LYING.

    January 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Gurgi

    Ever notice how liberals respond with name calling and insults when they know they are wrong and do not have the intellectual capacity to argue intelligently? Thus, they are not worth responding to when they do that.

    January 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Don't let the MSM tell you who is the most electable.

    Don't be fooled by empty rhetoric, lousy records and falsehoods.

    Think for yourself.

    Ron Paul transcends republican/democrat, left/right, red/blue, conservative/liberal; the things that have divided this country for decades. WAKE UP AMERICA! Elect the true patriot! Elect the man who cannot be bought, bullied, or negotiated with on principle.

    January 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Scott

    I love this notion that skipping the lottery tickets somehow dooms a campaign.

    Paul would rather take 30-40% in other states than 0% while everyone else spends their life savigns in Florida.

    We only have what, 1% or so of delegates decided? It's one heck of a long way from over.

    January 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Gurgi

    For all nitpicking liberals that have reading/comprehension issues,,,,,nowhere in my post did I say "federal" taxes. Thus you lose all credibility.

    January 23, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Man from Maryland

    Ron Paul has my vote, even if I have to write him in. He's the only one that can stand a chance against Obama in the general election, and despite him not doing too well in the Southern States, not only would he take most of the electoral colleges down there over Obama, but he'd ALSO take Texas, California, and a lot of the northern states as well.

    Ron Paul is actually the only candidate that can dethrone King Obama, he has my vote.

    January 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Florida Voter

    @Gurgi: I didn't call you a name, but I did point out that you are lying. Which you are. Your Federal taxes went down over the last three years. And guess what? You still paid more than GE.

    January 23, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "Ever notice how liberals respond with name calling and insults when they know they are wrong and do not have the intellectual capacity to argue intelligently?"

    LOL! Ever notice how liars like you try to wriggle loose with deflections when you're busted? You've been asked for proof and refused to provide it. You've been caught here lying before. Give it up you extremist nutjob.

    January 23, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Most of you need a brain

    Have you idiots notice that the other canidates change there views all the time? To top it all off Paul makes more sense then all the other canidates. To all you people who just say you don't understand this, Why hasn't your country gotten better? The reason is you keep electing idiots into office who do one thing and do another to ruin you people more. This guy will have you. Hes more then some guy actually and talking like this is the only way to get through to you people. Idiots let your country fail.

    January 23, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Oldfan

    Ron Paul is crazy!
    He doesn't talk to Lobbyist or take any money from them.

    (the majority of America is brain dead for not making him #1, Amerika love their corrupt politicians apparently)

    January 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Raymond

    Ron Paul needs to concentrate now between the pro-establishment candidates and those who are against the military-industrial complex and the status quo. If the US doesn't desire a return to the Constitution, then what exactly are we all discussing here? If the people want taxes, deficit spending, inflation, a seriously devalued currency, and endless military adventurism then they deserve what they get. Unfortunately, the entire nation will collapse due to its inefficiency, corruption, and unethical nation-building to maintain the empire.

    RON PAUL 2012

    January 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Gurgi

    @Florida Voter, I will respond one time to you, My federal taxes (yes this time I"m saying "federal") did not go down over the last three years. Granted, my "federal" taxes did not increase much ($20), but they did not go down either. You lose all credibility when you speak of something you know nothing about and could not possibly know anything about as you do not have access to my finances.

    January 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    He knows he has NO chance at winning. He's just trying to keep his name in the headlines and string his supporters along.

    Obama 2012

    January 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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