Team Paul explains new strategy
May 15th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Team Paul explains new strategy

(CNN) – Despite the announcement he will not channel campaign resources into upcoming primary states, Ron Paul is scheduled to make campaign stops and plans to build upon his delegate count, according to his campaign.

On Tuesday, Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton said the Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman is slated to speak at the Minnesota state convention this weekend and at the Texas convention in June, while also engaging in other speaking opportunities.

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Although Paul has not suspended his campaign, Benton acknowledged Romney will likely capture the Republican nomination, but said it is still too early for a potential endorsement of the Massachusetts governor.

"At this point that's still premature because Dr. Paul is still a candidate," Benton said on a conference call with reporters. "I would never say never. I do not believe that that is likely, but you know we don't deal in absolutes and close everything out. Dr. Paul is willing to listen."

On Monday, Paul's campaign said it would shift its focus from upcoming primary states to securing delegates ahead of the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida in late August.

Going forward, Benton said the three-time White House hopeful will continue pushing his message and offer assistance to his supporters and delegates.

Paul has the backing of 112 delegates, according to the most recent CNN estimate. Benton said Team Paul hopes to increase that count and remains optimistic they may still capture additional delegates in Washington, Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa.

Benton said the Paul and Romney campaigns have participated in "a couple of conference calls," during which the Romney camp indicated they would consider some language representative of Paul's stances, including on reforms to the Federal Reserve, indefinite detention and internet freedom.

Paul's campaign had $1.8 million cash on hand as of April 1 and Benton said the campaign's fundraising via mail and the internet has remained "strong." The campaign will continue fundraising, including through one of their signature Money Bomb's on May 17, funds from which will go toward convention and delegate efforts, Benton said.

As for a speaking role at the Republican convention in August, Benton said there has not been a discussion of a speech to date.

Throughout Tuesday's conference call Benton pushed for Paul supporters, who are known for their enthusiastic tactics, to remain respectful as they act as surrogates for the candidate, particularly at the August convention. He also painted the next months as an opportunity to set the stage for other "liberty candidates" in the future.

"We are emphasizing decorum and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure to work with our supporters, to make sure that decorum and respect are the name of the game and that dominates our playbook," Benton said. "Moving forward we're going to become an even stronger voice in the party."

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. California Conservative

    FACT: It's clearly obvious that Obama and the democrats can NOT run on their record hence changing the topic to irrelevant issues at every turn.

    May 15, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    This guy is a mugwump – with his 'mug' on one side of the fence and his 'wump' on the other. He needs to figure out if he's in or he's out.

    May 15, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Lee

    Even Ron Paul's campaign knows he cannot win the nomination, but has not ruled out an endorsement of Romney once the delegates are decided. Too bad many of the good doctor's supporters still do not get it and insist that they will never vote for Romney. Of course, many of them will think this whole story is a Lame Stream Media plant story to discredit the Ron Paul campaign.

    May 15, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Patriot Awesome

    It's no too lat Republicans, you don't have to get stuck with a total D-bag as your candidate. Ron Paul is honest, consistent, and trustworthy.

    Otherwise you may as stick with the devil you know and vote for Obama in November. He's been more of a moderate republican than a democrat anyhow.

    There's no telling what Romney would do if elected president because he won't even know until he gets instructions from his corporate masters.

    May 15, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "FACT: It's clearly obvious that Obama and the democrats can NOT run on their record hence changing the topic to irrelevant issues at every turn."

    Then why is the President touting his records in speeches and ads? Are you living under a rock with the rest of the GOBP slime?

    May 15, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Ron Paul, even for a GOBP cult member, is setting new standards when it comes to Orwellian doublespeak. He won't endorse Rmoney because "he's still running" and he's "still running" by not really running at all. I hope all the Paul fans learn a lesson on what it means to be sold out when Paul endorses Rmoney.

    May 15, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Luke,AZ

    When is the Republican Party going to explode into 3 parties; moderates,evangelicals and tea partiers ?

    May 15, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. VinnyD

    As an RP supporter, I understand that Romney will get the nomination. The goal is to change the broken GOP at this point. We obviously do not yet have enough influence to gain the majority vote and delegates however the more people we get into prominent positions (head of GOP in Iowa for instance), the better chance we have of saving this broken party. Seriously, what is the GOP platform these days? Other than "Anyone but Obama!"? (said with racist white trash accent) I will personally vote for Gary Johnson and could care less if I am handing the election to Hussein or not. If you don't like it GOP, give me a candidate that I can actually vote for without needing severe medication before and after. The only good thing that Mitt brings to the table is how easily he can be persuaded to change his view.

    May 15, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. California Conservative

    FACT: Obama lies and everyone knows it now. He's pandering exclusively for votes.

    What are you a liberal parasite?

    May 15, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. California Conservative

    The extreme socialists (A.K.A. democrats) are going DOWN in Nov. Get used to it parasitic trolls.

    May 15, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. judy

    as goofey as Paul is he still got the best of mitt in the debates. He has a better understanding of foreign politics and world issues. If mitt gets in i guess the koch bros. and Norquist will tell him what to think. Ol mumbles should learn to use a tela prompter. His speaches are full of hum ,haw and stumbles. IT is painfull to listen to him stumble all over the place. What a world learder he will make. Obama 2012 Forward

    May 15, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Jeff in San Diego

    Paul's problem was that he tried to be something he is not – a Republican. I hope all you Paul supporters out there realize this. His mistake was not running for POTUS. His mistake was running for the GOP nomination.

    May 15, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Bill in Florida

    "Ron Paul" and "delegate count" are almost polar opposites! What a joke this man is.

    May 15, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    I hope RP can fix the broken GOP.
    THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER'S Conservative party. As a right-center conservative – now independent -I certainly hope that Ron takes this all the way to August and rips the teapugs a new one at the Nationals. I will be a come-uppance for them, and hopefully adjust their strategy away from the extremist Taliban, no compromise, no candidate, no platform and no chance party they have become. We need to wrestle control of the GOP back from the fringe element!

    May 15, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines
    Then why is the President touting his records in speeches and ads?
    Really??? Where are all the Obamacare ads running? Where are all the ads about the 23 million unemployed and under employed running? And how about all the deficit cutting he was going to do? How is that coming?

    Letting gay people marry doesn't put food on the table of the unemployed.

    May 15, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. kate

    This months SALT LAKE CITY MAGAZINE cover story,"The Myth of Mitt" Read it!

    May 15, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. California Conservative

    FACT: Communists have literally taken over the democrat party. This isn't even the party of Clinton anymore.

    May 15, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. kate

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the American flag and caring a cross.
    Sinclair Lewis

    May 15, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. The REAL Truth...

    @California Conservative – "The extreme socialists (A.K.A. democrats) are going DOWN in Nov. Get used to it parasitic trolls."
    Now that was the most well thought out piece of infantile, asinine, vacuous and inane commentary I've read all day. Must have take you hours to come up with that little gem... Now... please go take your meds.

    May 15, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. California Conservative

    Obama, the $6 Trillion debt man.

    Lee Majors is jealous.

    May 15, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. ditty1991

    jeff in San diego, your somewhat right. but this movement would be nowhere near where it is today if he ran libertairian party. look how much coverage Gary Johnson gets. Barely any. and Bill in florida, if ron paul has no chance, why is the romney campaign breaking rules to try and keep paul supporters from becoming delegates for the national convention?

    May 15, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    California Conservative wrote

    FACT: It's clearly obvious that Obama and the democrats can NOT run on their record hence changing the topic to irrelevant issues at every turn.
    FACT: Turn off the conservative media and you will live longer with lower blood pressure. You will also be better informed. It is Mitt Romney who is not running on his record. Romney has made two empty claims to his fame.

    1. He claims to have created 100,000 jobs while at Bain. When asked for details he walked it back, and will no longer discuss it. Conservative media never asks Romney about it, and like Palin, conservative media is his only home.

    2. He claims to know the economy. Really? All his record shows is that he is good at getting rich off of other people's money. So, I guess that he's right on count. But, someone like that would not make a good POTUS.

    May 15, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @California Conservative – Obama, the $6 Trillion debt man.
    The imaginary inaccurate numbers are like energizer batteries... they keep on growing and growing!!
    Why not make it $11 T – it's a nice sounding number... and just as WRONG ! Dip!

    May 15, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Team Paul explains new strategy
    Well thank God! Because nobody could figure out the old strategy of losing primaries and claiming you had massive numbers of delegates.

    May 15, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    California Conservative wrote:

    Obama, the $6 Trillion debt man.
    Gee, it was only $5 trillion this morning from you.
    That's noit only amazing, it's unbelievable in every sense of the word.

    May 15, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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