March 26th, 2012
10:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Paul: Don't count me out

(CNN) - Ron Paul on Monday argued that people should not dismiss his candidacy simply because he lags far behind in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Our people are in the right places. They’re doing the things to become delegates,” Paul said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” adding that it was too soon in the process to “write anybody off.”

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While the Texas congressman has yet to win a contest in the GOP primary, he has so far picked up 71 delegates, according to CNN’s latest estimate. The number puts Paul in a distant fourth place in the delegate count, as front-runner Mitt Romney has 569, Rick Santorum comes in second with 262 and Newt Gingrich has 136 delegates.

Paul has also struggled to break ahead in recent polls, with the latest Gallup daily tracking poll showing him holding relatively steady in last place at 9% among registered Republicans nationwide.

While his unwavering group of strident followers has helped keep his campaign afloat, he reported raising slightly more than one-third of the funds Romney drew in the month of February.

With no one close to collecting the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination, however, Paul said there is still plenty of time for him to make headway in the race.

“What if Romney isn’t the best person?” Paul asked, adding that members of the media were too quick to speculate as to why Paul has not withdrawn. “Why should we just throw in the towel because people like you say, 'Hey, throw in the towel.' ”

Making his case, Paul pointed to states that have yet to hold contests, as well as certain states that have not finalized their delegate counts, and suggested those states may soon plump up his delegate total.

Despite increasing calls by leading Republicans for the party to unite around one candidate, Paul maintained the competition is alive and well.

“There’s a race going on,” Paul said.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Cam

    Hey Ashley, you're wrong. Ron Paul has won a caucus; he won the Virgin Islands. I am sorry to say that you are either ignorant of the facts or corrupt.

    March 26, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. Emmy Skaddittle

    in exactly what world does this guy have a chance?

    March 26, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Who? You mean the old anarchist? He's still in the race?

    March 26, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. josephle2k

    Go save your queen, please...

    We, Americans have a country to save, from this tyrannical government !

    Go home to UK already...

    March 26, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem Paul has is that none of his zealots actually get out and vote. It is nice to have the support of the young, but if they don't go out and actually vote and get their friends to vote for him, then it is pointless. I don't think he'd get the party support even if he won the nomination.

    March 26, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Ron Paul / Ralph Nader

    Don't count us out 2012

    Bring back the Corair

    March 26, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Tyler

    I don't know where you're pulling those numbers from.. But Romney does NOT have that many delegates.. Let's not be Pro-Romney here.

    March 26, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. kaptain kanada

    CNN's "latest estimate" is based on straw poll vote counts - which are fraudulent in the first place, and have little or nothing to do with the delegate selection in the second place. This is typical MSM trickery which is used to try to convince people that Dr Paul has no chance; if that were true, of course, their little con game wouldn't be necessary, would it?!
    Peace, prosperity and Liberty! RON PAUL 2012!

    March 26, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Mr. Liberty

    The reason he shouldn't quit, is he's going to take most of the delegates, from Missouri, North Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, Alaska, and Maine.

    He's going to have several hundred delegates soon, and be a force to be reckoned with at the convention. He's also going to have several hundred alternates supporting him.

    March 26, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. Mr. Liberty

    Oh, and Minnesota

    March 26, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. bob

    Why do you keep citing delegate counts when you have absolutely no idea what the delegate count is? Next time you cite a delegate count, please also include every name of every delegate who has stated publicly who they are backing.

    March 26, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. CommonSense

    That's right, I'd rather keep the ONLY peace candidate who protects my rights as an individual in the race. Thank you!

    March 26, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Colin

    The only guy who brings a substantial debate to the race, and he's constantly being told by media companies to drop out. That's not very cool.

    March 26, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  14. Garrett

    The GOP establishment still refuses to acknowledge the 800 lb gorilla sitting in the room with them. Without Dr Paul's supporters they will absolutely not occupy the Whitehouse this election. Yet they still are trying to cover their ears and cry "nananananana". Its kinda humorous actually.

    March 26, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  15. S1CKQUED

    The Ron Paul R3VOLUTION continues! For those of you already supporting Dr.Paul I can assure you we dominated Las Vegas and all of Clark County which means We are going to win Nevada. For those of you who are new to Ron Paul, give the guy 10 mins on youtube, you'll never turn back.

    March 26, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  16. Dead-On-Arrival-Candidates

    Was Ron Paul ever in contention?

    March 27, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. Josh

    Ron Paul's the only one I'd vote for! Do your own research, don't listen to any news network!

    March 27, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  18. dan5404

    That's OK Ron, we don't count you at all. You're a funny diversion from the right-wing rhetoric sometimes, but you will never see the oval office except on a tour. You may be accompanied by fellow tourists Mitt, Rick and Newt.

    March 27, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Dan

    Were not counting you out DR.Paul.If we give up on what you bring tho the table we give up on freedom. not on this allusion of freedom we have now,but true freedom . Ron Paul 2012!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. Chris

    The way Piers phrased that question was as though he knew what is "right" for Dr. Paul. This is both condescending, and ignorant as it shows a complete lack of understanding of the process. Dr. Paul is correct; There is still a race going on, and if Paul's delegates become unbound, the GOP establishment is for a wake up call of their lives.

    Shame of Piers

    March 27, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  21. billcole59

    CNN Estimates?? More like wild speculation and guesses. Obviously based on the worthless straw polls. As a Ron Paul delegate I can tell you that we DOMINATE the caucuses. Unless the Republican Party pulls off some real stinkers, there will be a brokered convention this summer.

    March 27, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  22. reality check

    Now we know where the Paulbots get their delusions of grandeur.

    March 27, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. Terry Conklin

    While I would like t see Paul raise more funding, I don't need that to know the man or his policy ideas. He is a sincere candidate who could unite us in the fall, unlike Romney, Gingrich or Santorum who divide us into camps. What's NOT to like about Ron Paul? Nothing...

    March 27, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  24. s

    Oh crazy uncle Paul,the home called and is looking for you

    March 27, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  25. Last Bastion

    I pride myself in maintaining an objective, logical outlook, but the sum of the minutiae of disadvantageous inconsistencies reported by the mainstream media on Ron Paul's campaign begs a consideration of almost conspiratorial bent. Ron Paul is not last in the delegate count!!!

    Try to ignore the dissemination of the administration's faulty rhetoric and galvanize your presence on this campaign trail. Ron Paul's support runs deep. Tally your support/nonsupport for the Ron Paul phenomenon on our new map at – the only worldwide, realtime Ron Paul geo-tag map on the web.

    Search "ronpaulitic" to geotag on the internet's only Ron Paul worldwide realtime map.

    March 27, 2012 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
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