Paul pledges to stay in, praises Santorum
April 10th, 2012
03:29 PM ET
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Paul pledges to stay in, praises Santorum

(CNN) - After Rick Santorum ended his White House bid on Tuesday, Ron Paul's campaign praised the former Pennsylvania senator, but said Paul did not have plans to follow suit.

"Congratulations to Senator Santorum on running such a spirited campaign. Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney," Jesse Benton, Paul's campaign chairman, said in a statement.

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While Paul has yet to win a single contest in the Republican nominating process and has long taken last place in nationwide polls tracking the GOP horse race, his campaign promised to push forward.

"We plan to continue running hard, secure delegates, and press the fight for limited, constitutional government in Tampa," Benton said.

The Texas congressman released a new ad in his home state on Tuesday, hitting his opponents, including Santorum, ahead of the Lone Star State's primary at the end of May.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    It would appear that Don Quixote has found more windmills.... sigh.
    Get on board with the team Ron Paull and start rowing in the same direction.

    April 10, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. rbe6f

    Keep going Ron!

    April 10, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Khaleed 87

    Any person who has a 1/4 of a brain would vote for DR.PAUL. He is the only honest and sincere politician. He will end the fed, bring the troops home, and limit the govt's power !

    April 10, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Skepticist

    Ron Paul, or no one at ALL!

    April 10, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Lando

    Have you taken your medication yet????

    April 10, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. oreo

    Ron Paul is the man! The only candidate running that is for actual deficit reduction and world peace.
    He also has some great ideas about the role of the Federal reserve and fiat currency.

    April 10, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. skarphace

    "Dr. Paul is now the last – and real – conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,"

    Paul has always been the only real fiscal conservative in the race. Santorum was a social conservative, not a fiscal conservative, and Gingrich is a politician like Romney; he will take whatever position suits him politically the best.

    That being said, I definitely do not expect the Teapublican vote to go from Santorum to Paul. The Tea Party turned their backs on Paul many months ago, in favor of Koch money and Fox News publicity. They aren't coming back anytime soon.

    Therefore, I expect a mild jump for Gingrich, but not nearly enough to frighten Romney. Because of this, Romney and Obama will ignore Gingrich and Paul and instead continue campaigning against each other.

    The main event starts now. Which will it be, America? Romney or Obama. Either way, it will be 4 more years of more or less the same, but it should be a close and emotional race nonetheless.

    April 10, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. z

    romney cannot attack ron paul in ads while ron can attack romney. romney is an embarrasment to the party. if the gop plans to win, they will back ron paul.

    April 10, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. FedUp

    I'm sorry to see Santorum leave. Now I have to find someone else to vote for in the general election. It definitely will not be Romney or Obama.

    April 10, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. David in FL

    Paulbots, you have long since proven your dedication and singular focus despite the reality of the Ron Paul 20XX campaign. Its time to allign

    April 10, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Matt

    It's funny that you CONTINUALLY tell the world that Dr. Paul is consistently polling last, when in fact he has been polling higher than any other candidate THE ENTIRE RACE. As far as I'm concerned, CNN & ALL the other mainstream media outlets are in the pocket of a group of people higher than Government. How else could you possibly get away with spouting lie after lie after lie, while at the same time choosing not to cover anything of importance? I'm glad that CNN lost 50% of it's viewers this year. You're a bunch of ignorant liars with nothing better to do than further a losing agenda.

    April 10, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. G01851

    Looks like his campaign staff is active today... filling up the comments.

    April 10, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. midranger

    @skarphace
    Well said, especially the "4 more year of the same". You hit it right on the head ... her comes the new boss, same as the old boss.... even if it's the same boss. I'd like to be able to take a nap for 4 years but I'd be afraid of what I found when I woke up!

    April 10, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. L.C.

    I will be voting for Ron Paul in 2012, even if it means I have to write his name in again, like I did in '08.

    Long Live Liberty!

    April 10, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. markiejoe

    What with this "I'm staying in the race" statement, what disqualifies Ron Paul more than anything now is that he's delusional.

    April 10, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Tom

    If Ron Paul stays in the race and SPLITS the conservative vote, YOU GUARANTEE OBAMA GETS RE-ELECTED!!!

    Is this what you REALLY WANT???

    Ron Paul needs to step out of the race and NOT RUN!!

    April 10, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Well, we already knew he wasn't dropping out before the convention. Santorum could hit their three, self designated metrics, and Paul still wouldn't drop out.

    April 10, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Charles Irving

    Never give up Ron Paul! You're the best one for the job! We need you!!!

    April 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. We vote for better times

    Paul still wins hands down and should stay for the count. He may not be the nominee, But he is going to get my vote. He doesn't represent the socialist endeavor of the Obama administration or a repeating venue of failure forwarded by the Republicans in every election. Ron Paul isn't the person that brought us down this path of reduction. I'd say also out of everything I've watch and heard, (my vigilance). Hes is the only one that made reasonable sense. He was the only one that really spoke the truth even though it didn't make him popular with his peers. I'll take an honest failing over a dishonest success everytime. After all we are voting for our future and cheap talk for votes will not correct the huge mess that our leaders are propelling and protracting with their political agendas and policies. Nuff said.

    April 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. mochica

    Don Quixote died of depression at the end of the novel because he gave up hope. If we accept reality for what it is and do not imagine something better life becomes unbearable.

    April 10, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Scott

    Even Paul Ryan this morning had to defend his budget on Morning Joe, avoiding having to acknowledge that the deficit still grows under his plan... Ron Paul is the only one who's thinking long term. Everyone else is thinking about the next election.

    April 10, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Joe

    Ron Paul 2012. If Ron Paul doesn't get the nomination, he should run as VP for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

    April 10, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Freddo

    Ron Who?

    April 10, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Tekk'ed off

    Paul is the only real conservative out there. Mittens is an Obama in sheeps clothing!
    So the plan was change, yet we are doing the exact same thing other people complained about Bush. Time for a real president, not some mouthpiece or hairpiece.

    April 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Bilbo

    The country is sick and needs a doctor, not another politician.

    April 10, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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