January 29th, 2012
10:49 AM ET
10 years ago

Ron Paul's caucus focus

(CNN) – Ron Paul's path to the GOP presidential nomination runs through early caucus states, the three-time White House hopeful said Sunday.

While the other three Republican candidates are campaigning in Florida ahead of Tuesday's primary, Paul spent the last few days in Maine, where caucuses are taking place through February 11.

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During an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Paul said he cannot compete with the money spent in the Sunshine State, but that his message is resonating in caucus states, where his enthusiastic supporters can make the difference.

"I really do believe we're going to do quite well there and have a good chance of winning," Paul told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley about his chances in Maine.

Although Paul is charting an unconventional path to capture his party's nomination, the Texas congressman and champion of libertarian ideals, said he intends to stay in the race through the fall convention.

"We're going to stay in and see what comes of it," Paul said. "There have been a lot of ups and downs so maybe there will be some downs and we will be able to pick up the pieces."

When asked if he could eventually back his current rivals, Paul said it "would be difficult."

"They're not fixed on their beliefs, they vary and you know, they have their ear to the political noise that they hear," Paul said.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jen

    Everything Dr Paul says make sense! RON PAUL 2012

    January 29, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. LibertyDefined


    What a tool we have here!


    Do your part! It doesn't take much.

    January 29, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. nomorewarsyouprats

    Michael Tang, tina, stranger: What is racist? Getting down in the weeds with the other mudpuppies twenty years ago in the dirty game of politics or, as is true of all the unibrow candidates–Obama, Newt, Santorum, Romney, and Hillary, actively supporting and expanding a War On Drugs which unfairly targets and incarcerates minorities at an alarmingly disproportionate rate, or escalating a Foreverwar On Terror (and our civil liberties) which to date has killed hundreds of thousands of people of color, most of them noncombatants, around the world. In the real world, Paul is the candidate who has done the most to fight the true policies of racial injustice coming out of Washington.

    January 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That isn't going to get much accomplished.

    January 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Just a thought

    Everything this cranky ole guy says is correct????....Liberalism means we need instructions on how to contend with black youth that run remarkably fast after stealing your purse/wallet? Really? ...and this is what Ron Paul supporters want to elect to the WH? Once again, the GOP/Clown Car express, coming to a city near you. Seriously folks:
    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Just a thought

    correction: ...Libertarian views...... means we need instructions on how to contend with black youth that run remarkably fast after stealing your purse/wallet? Really? Yet I reiterate:
    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 29, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. TrvlSEA1

    "Michael Tang

    As a progressive leftist, I could never vote for Paul, although some of his libertarian ideas are interesting, especially his positions on the Fed, the Patriot Act and his neo-isolationist foreign policy. His economic plan would be a disaster and his "racist" background could be real-where there's smoke there's fire. His focus on the caucuses to be a spoiler shows that he's no dummy and he continues to be a force to reckon with for both Democrats and Republicans.


    – In your opinion... Why do you think his economic plan would be a disaster? And, as a socialist (which is what a progressive leftist is) why would you care about the Fed or Patriot Act? These two things are front and center to a strong, centralized, socialist government.

    January 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Leo

    For all of you Ron Paul "racist" people. Pull your heads out of your asses. If that's all they got on the man than they are squirming like sun-dried worms now. Ron Paul 2012.

    January 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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