February 11th, 2012
07:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul forges ahead after finishing second in Maine

(CNN) – Ron Paul said Saturday he would keep up his strategy of campaigning in states holding presidential caucuses after his second-place finish in Maine's contest.

Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the caucus strategy made sense for his campaign, which has struggled to raise the amounts of money posted by his competitors or the super PACs that support them. He said he would campaign in primary states only if they allocated delegates proportionally instead of winner take all and the cost of campaigning there didn't exceed his budget.

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"We're going to continue like we are doing, the smaller states, the caucus states where we can accumulate delegates," Paul said. "We had a good day. We are convinced we will win the majority of the delegates out of Maine today."

While the state's GOP chairman announced Saturday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had won the Maine preference poll with 39% of the vote, the results there are non-binding, meaning delegates could still be awarded to other candidates.

Paul said the cost of campaigning in large states didn't make sense for his operation.

"To compete with someone with hundreds of millions of dollars is difficult," Paul said. "So for us to spend $25 million and the difficulty we have with raising money with the odds of not coming in first, that is not a wise choice of spending money."

Paul agreed the race for the White House is rapidly becoming Romney's to lose.

Think he is pretty much there," Romney said. "He does have the money and the organization. He just doesn't have the enthusiasm that I think we have able to get in our crowds, you know, really excited about what he believes in. I think that's his biggest problem. But I would say yes, he is out in front and people are picking away at him. He lost a few but he picked up a little steam today. You have to give him credit for that."

Paul said Romney's disposition made him more appealing than the other candidates in the race, but that his positions were far from his own.

"It just happens that because I've known Mitt a while longer he is friendlier, but I don't sympathize more with his positions," Paul said.

Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Ron Paul
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Angela Birch

    Paul isn't going to win, no matter how many states he comes in second and third in.

    February 12, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. kat

    Paul, give it a break! While your economic comments make sense, You're foreign policy comments are ridiculous. Go home and let someone with a little more common sense step up. We need to stop BHO. Please go home and let America Win.

    February 12, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  3. julien vergara

    Paul is a good person but we need romney

    February 12, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |

    Barney Fife of GOBP candidates.

    February 12, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  5. DENNA

    Sweet old Mr. Paul. He surely does not believe that he will receive the nomination? The GOPers will get behind Romney when the panic sets in and they realize he is their only shot at beating President Obama. Won't happen, of course, but they have to keep trying. Please Mr, Paul, go home to your family and enjoy the rest of your life.

    February 12, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romeny didn't want to lose 4 in a row so he went to show his face in Maine. Ron Paul could have actually won this state. It would have been his first. I have mixed feelings about that since I don't agree with Ron Paul with his assumptions on many of the issues. Romney just seems like the flip-flopper to me; his postions are as flexible as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic from Marvel Comics) can move.

    February 12, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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