May 9th, 2012
11:28 AM ET
11 years ago

Paul: Delegates are for agenda, not convention speech

(CNN) – With the last of Mitt Romney's former presidential rivals now backing the likely presidential nominee, there is one candidate who hasn't quit the race – and doesn't foresee lending his support to Romney any time soon.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul said in an interview on CNN Wednesday that he is staying in the race to impact the party's agenda and to reconcile his differences with Romney would, at this point, be "pretty hard."

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"It certainly isn't for the reason of disrupting the convention," Paul said of his continued candidacy. "I'm in it for very precise reasons: to maximize our efforts to get as many delegates as we can. I'm still a candidate, and to promote something that is very, very important, that is a change in the direction for the Republican Party."

His slate of 82 delegates is a far cry from Romney's 904, some 240 away from the magic number of 1144 needed to clinch the GOP nomination. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who each quit their own candidacies in recent weeks, collected more delegates than has Paul.

Paul said leveraging his collection of delegates won't simply to land a primetime speaking role "just to give a speech for the sake of giving a speech."

That "doesn't have much appeal to me, but I think moving an agenda is very important," Paul said.

The budget and foreign proposals he's heard from other candidates aren't satisfying, he said, although he did not offer specific changes policies which would cause him to warm to Romney's candidacy.

Paul suggested he was not concerned that his continued candidacy could hurt Romney's campaign against President Barack Obama in November.

"Well of course there's always a possibility I can beat Mitt - I mean, I can beat Obama, too," he said. "I think that I could beat him, and every Republican that's run would have a pretty good chance of beating the president."

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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    I'm sure that 80% of what Ron Paul believes in and fights for is already part of the Republican positions. But nobody is going to legalize drugs and shut down all of our military bases abroad. Ron Paul and his supporters need to be realistic.

    May 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    "that is a change in the direction for the Republican Party."
    Sorry Ron, but your party has already jumped off the crazy cliff. They are past the point of no return.

    May 9, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Gary N

    I'm not sure if Ron Paul is delusional or just crazy. He will never be a candidate for president and everyone knows that. Well, everyone but he and his supporters. They apparently believe a miracle can happen. Well it hasn't happened and the longer he goes on the more sad he looks.

    May 9, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Zack

    Paul has more than 82 delegates and Romney has far less than 904. Stop being a hack for half a second and try reporting the truth for once.

    May 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Rondroid malfunction, Rondroid malfunction....danger Will Robinson, danger!!!

    May 9, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. The Other Dale

    Ron Paul went on to plead, "My political career is wrapping up as a complete waste of everyone's time, so I really need this last shot at glory!"

    May 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. vote_them_out

    Ron Paul like Obama understands that donations, a portion of the donations can be spent on themselves, the more you collect the bigger the slush fund you have to squander.

    May 9, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Kris


    You don't really understand how the process works do you? Even though Paul is getting a lot of his people to attend the convention doesn't mean the delegates can vote for him. They have to vote the way the state voted.

    May 9, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Ron Smith

    If there are enough Paul supporters present at the convention, they can nominate Paul from the floor.

    May 9, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. mcskadittle

    Kris: Not every state is winner take all, so states you get the delegates that vote for you

    May 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. russ

    Kris, all the Ron Paul supporters who must vote for Romney on the 1st ballot can and will abstain, as per the rules, then all will be free to vote Dr. Paul in as the nominee on the second ballot. Boom Boom, Out go the lights.

    May 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Can'tTelltheTruth

    Ron Paul ties Obama in the latest Rasmussn Poll at 42%. That's the third time in such poll that he's tied or beaten Obama.

    May 9, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I'm mocked out of presdient obama cause people make trouble get money from fraud scam check of afrcian amercian why people like suppport vote for presdient obama
    Can someone translate this please?"

    Sure. It says "be nice to those less fortunate than yourself.'

    May 9, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. SF

    Ron Paul and his sons are what Texas has to offer...ignorant, stubborn and disgusting! when is this man going to hit the grave already! we're tired of these old white farts trying to run our country! now we have 2 of his nutty sons in the same GOVERNMENT they despise!

    May 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. J Jones

    Some of you just don't see the big picture. It's not about Ron Paul, and it's not even necessarily about Ron Paul "winning". He's trying to make positive change for the future. It's hard to hate on that. He's not looking "sad" by running or looking for a "last shot of glory." It takes time and effort to make real change.. not just promises that the other politicians make like it will happen right away. He'll be remembered much more in the future than Mitt Romney will.

    May 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Cindy


    Not true Chris. Every state varies on their rules regarding that. And Zack is correct about the mis-reported numbers.

    May 9, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. tibs

    I cant wait for QE 3. We need to drastically increase the money supply. Drastically. The more dollars that are created the more each individual dollar is worth. We also need to raise the minimum wage to 30 dollars an hour at least. Probably more though.

    Other than that, i truly believe that the government knows how to spend money better that we do. Were just dumb people when you get down to it. The government is smarter than us. Always has and always will be.

    May 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Patriot Awesome

    I hope Ron Paul can pull off a miracle and get the nomination. If for no reason other than to make the election more interesting. He's also got more honesty and integrity in his pinky finger than Mitt Romney has in his entire body.

    Obama has it in the bag for sure if Mitt gets the official nomination.

    Can any of you Romney supporters name any policies that he supports that aren't the same policies that helped cause the great recession? I'm serious, I want to know, because if he has any new ideas I haven't heard about them.

    May 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. mcskadittle

    At some point the Paul folks are going to have to make a choice between Obama and Romney. who are you going to vote for?

    May 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Jon

    @Kris – that is far from the truth. The delegates do not have to vote the way the state voted at the national convention. Rule 38 permits delegates from abstaining/"no pref" on the first round of voting. A delegate bound to Romney agrees to vote for no one other than Romney on the first ballot. However, that delegate may abstain.

    The delegate numbers reported in this article and by the AP in the last few months are far from the truth.

    As far a Paul hurting Romney's chances... why does it matter? There are three issues that are very important to me in the upcoming election...
    1) Economy and monetary policy (Romney claims he would be good for the economy, but gives no actionable plan – and both support the FED having zero transparency, both support bailouts to corporations)
    2) Foreign policy (Romney and Obama are warmongers)
    3) Individual liberties (Romney and Obama support the NDAA and Patriot Act extension, along with many other scary pieces of legislation)

    So if the choice is just between Romney or Obama, we get more of the same. A vote for Obama is a vote for Romney, and a vote for Romney is a vote for Obama. I want change, real change. Goldman Sachs and the other big banks heavily support both candidates. Why is that? If both candidates are bought by the same companies, are we really that naive to think that Romney would be any different than Obama?

    May 9, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. JB

    @Kris 100% wrong sir. The RNC convention has no authority over the Delegate vote. every single one of them is able to refuse an initial vote ron paul doesnt need 1144 to take down romney just enough to vote paul /abstain the first ballot

    May 9, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    Main stream media did Ron Paul dirty! Their disdain and blatant attempt to ignore this candidate for president was unprecedented and reveals a cabal that controls what the media reports. If the media was ever out to destroy a political candidate that candidate was Ron Paul. He was one of the few honest candidates the Republicans had to offer and he was roundly ignored. shame on fox, cnn and all the rest

    May 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Jeff in San Diego

    Well that's it folks. Paul's quitting. I knew he didn't have the stones to take on the GOP. No Revolution here. Move on, unless of coarse you actually want to associate yourself with the neocon party.

    May 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Michael Ivy

    Sound money, an aggressive attack on near unserviceable debt and insolvency, reduced unproductive government and government waste, and reduced intrusion into the affairs of others. Its a recipe for economic freedom and prosperity. Ron Paul 2012!

    May 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |