February 7th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul, on quest for delegates, looks past Tuesday contests

(CNN) – Ron Paul, the only candidate in the GOP race without a primary or caucus win, said Tuesday he was confident his campaign could move forward even if he doesn't place first in any of Tuesday's contests.

"Well we're gonna win some delegates, whether we come in one or two or three, I don't know exactly that," Paul said on CNN's "John King USA."

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"But we feel positive about moving along and picking up more delegates. We'll have to wait and see."

Paul stressed his strength in the upcoming Maine caucuses, saying he was determined to continue his campaign by picking up delegates in caucus states.

"We're optimistic we're going to keep picking up delegates," Paul said. "That's what the other candidates are doing. Nobody else is about to at this point jump ahead of Romney. But we think we're going to keep doing. We have a very good chance on what's happening up in Maine."

Weighing in on the escalating violence in Syria, Paul said as president he would not advocate any American action in the troubled country unless Congress officially declared war.

"Well, that problem has been going on for many, many years, if not centuries," Paul said. "Bad governments. Look at what they did to communists. Killed hundreds of millions of people. So it's a tragedy, it happens in Africa all the time. But I'm not representing those countries as a congressman and as a president. I represent the United States. And I don't think it's a wise thing to get involved in the civil war that's going on in Syria."

Paul said tensions in Syria were tragic, but that hot spots would always pop up around the globe and the United States would never be able to patrol them all.

"I think it's none of our business," Paul said. "I think it's a tragedy, but I can point out many tragedies, many folds greater than this, but it's not in American interests."

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. KJ

    Ron Paul didn't say he wouldn't win tonight, which is what your headline implies. He was specifically asked WHAT IF he didn't win tonight, and said there was still Maine coming up this week as well.

    February 7, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Patricia

    A voice of sanity in a sea of corruption!

    Dr. Paul is someone you don't see often, a scholar and a gentleman who will "get er done" lawfully and constitionally.

    February 7, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Larry L

    It's quite clear candidates get to keep the money. Ron Paul is over. Anarchy and isolationism don't sell well to voters – even those in the Tea Party. If you can't sell your crazy ideas to the Tea Party you know it's time to go back to Texas.

    February 7, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Nothing new here

    I am sorry that this gentleman will not consider a third-party bid.
    I think continuing with the GOP vetting process is a BIG mistake, and Ron Paul will probably regret this error in judgment.

    February 7, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Larry

    Wow, you actually let him articulate his FP. Thank you.

    If congress declares war, President Paul will respond with the full force of the US military in a swift and decisive manner.

    He will not unconstitutionally involve us in the internal troubles of other sovereign nations.

    This is why he gets 2x more donations than Obama and 6x more than all the other GOP candidates combined.

    February 7, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. dagoberto

    You're spot on. We must mind our business first.

    February 7, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    No wonder Ron Paul is still going Strong. He may end up at the convention, after all. I mean, with this current crop of GOP"ers – they are like 3 clowns out of a clown car, telling the people what they want to hear. ( they are truly Jokers) not to mention they can't get enough votes to "seal the deal"

    Pitiful, isn't it ?

    February 7, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Phil

    You tell 'em Dr. Paul. where was America in Darfur?

    February 7, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Ray

    Looking for what,A MIRICLE?

    February 7, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Elaina

    Thank You, Ron Paul. You are right, it is none of our darn business. I am so tired of Republicans being so war and blood hungry. It's truly sick. Thank you for being a slight voice of reason among the right, even if I don't agree with you on everything.

    February 7, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Captain America

    i've never been a big Ron Paul fan but what he said on Syria, Well said sir, well said.

    February 7, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. lacie

    GO RON PAUL you da man

    February 7, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. Anonymous852

    Keep fighting the good fight Dr. Paul.

    February 7, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is consistent and I give him credit for that. His wish for isolation is dangerous. I agree that our military can stretch too far and uses up large portion of our budget but I think it does many beneficial things for our country. going back to the gold standard I think is not feasible for our country. While cutting the EPA and other government agencies is popular these agencies actually do a great deal of good. For instance keeping toxic things like lead out of our atmosphere. I think any candidate who advocates the EPA's removal should go live next to a coal power plant or a paper mill. I know one in Luke MD that would do quite nicely.

    February 7, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. bill

    Finally someone who follows the constitution and beliefs of our forefathers. It is high time we retire from the worlds police force. Paul 12

    February 7, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. kennysandberg

    Mr Paul keep up the good work! We Do Hear You and we are not fooled by the govmt censored TV Media! Please keep talking about our US Constitution. Its waking AMERICA up. God bless you

    February 7, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need people to be more tolerant and understanding. That is what the US is. Ron Paul may think that he is the only one who is for freedom, but everyone has their own concept of what should be done.

    February 7, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. ComeForth

    I agree with Ron Paul's assessment. I don't think we should get involved in Syria's mess. After all, they are a sovereign nation and whatever occurs within their own borders is none of our business.

    February 8, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |